I’m sure it was my bass trombone and string bass playing in the early 80’s that put him over the top.
>> During Charles Nail’s 17-year tenure as band and orchestra director at Permian High, the bands and orchestras won the Texas State Marching Band contest in 1982 and finished second three other times. It was selected five times for the finals competition.
>> The Permian band was also selected as the Texas State Honor Band and was never awarded less than a superior rating in every contest and festival it entered during his time there, the biography says.
>> The Permian Orchestra was twice chosen as the Texas State Honor Orchestra and also was invited to perform at the prestigious Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic/Convention in 1985.
This leaves out the Marine helo pilot role in Vietnam. True, that’s not musical, but it will give you some insight into how he ran his bands. It was a formative chunk of my life, and I owe him a debt of gratitude.