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I realize we aren’t dragging in a ton of traffic to our humble home on the web- so I thought I’d start writing things about you (well- posting things you send me that someone else has written about you) when I see them.

I’ve known David Anderson since third grade at Fairfax. There were three David’s in Mrs. Rosenbaum’s class (and, no, I still don’t know if it’s true she was once in Playboy- but, I thought she could have been). To keep us straight, I was David, Anderson was Dave and the last of us- was just “Pokorny”

To this day- I prefer David- and Anderson goes by Dave. He’s also thumping his bass like a superstar in New Orleans- check it out:

David Anderson | Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Dave Anderson is a professional double bassist, joined the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans in September of 1996 after winning their Principal Bass audition.

David Anderson, class of 1980 Cleveland Heights High SchoolPrior to that appointment, he performed and recorded regularly with the Louisville Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, among others. Since 1994, he has served as Principal Bassist in the Britt Festival Orchestra in Oregon.

He has performed extensively with many diverse ensembles including, the Aspen Festival, Chautauqua (NY) Festival, Colorado Philharmonic (NRO), Colorado Music Festival, the LaSalle Quartet, and as a soloist with Richard Stoltzman, Gene Bertoncini, Nigel Kennedy, Bobby McFerrin, Doc Severinsen and many others. He has served as Bass Instructor for the Music School at Loyola University and also on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Bassists (ISB) as bassist/composer.

Mr. Anderson began his pursuits in composition in 1984, recognizing that the solo repertoire for his instrument was limited. The influence of Frank Proto, one of his finest teachers, also led him to turn to involved composition. Since then, his published work has expanded to other solo instruments, as well as for chamber orchestras and small ensembles. He has published bass duets and quartets, including a bass quartet that was performed to acclaim at the Chamber Music Festival at Indiana University in 1993. Anderson won first prize in the 1995 Allen Ostrander International Trombone Composition Competition, sponsored by Ithaca college, for Elegy for Van, a work for solo bass trombone and brass choir, which he composed as a tribute to the late Lewis Van Haney, former trombonist with the New York Philharmonic. Several years ago, Anderson completed a concerto for Bass Trombone, commissioned by his father, Edwin Anderson, former bass trombonist with the Cleveland Orchestra. His Concerto for Double Bass, Strings & Harp, commissioned by Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Bassist Hal Robinson was premiered at the ISB Convention in June of 1997 and performed on the 1997-98 subscription series of the Philadelphia Orchestra season, Wolfgang Sawallisch conducting. His current work includes a second symphony, as well as several commissions.

Also a prolific electric bassist, Anderson loves playing with pedal steel guitarist, David Easley. The group known as the Anderson/Easley Project perform original music of many genres including free jazz, funk, bop, minimalist and many wonderfully unique approaches to dynamics and expression. Anderson also plays with Algorhythm Method, and SOFA KING BIG SOUL, bands that fuse many different styles including hard rock, funk, blues, jazz, and New Orleans R & B.

Anderson has jammed with The Radiators, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Roy Pope, Darryl Brown, and many other great New Orleans musicians including a killer performance with guitarist Brian Stoltz of the Funky Meters as a main highlight of the French Quarter Festival 2002.

In 1984-85, Anderson played for and took lessons with the legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius in New York, who firmly encouraged the idea of being able to cross over between classical and jazz.

Here is some of what the Press has said in Anderson’s past:
Review of Anderson’s Quintet for Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola & Bass, Louisville Courier Journal music critic Andrew Adler wrote:
“Anderson’s new work is splendidly fresh and provocative, ingenious in how it distributes material … the jazzy syncopations and ethnic flavorings reflect a diverse, expertly distilled inspiration. Thoroughly absorbed by yesterday’s performance, the piece offered sustained pleasure.”

Reviews of Anderson’s Bass Concerto:
Houston Chronicle music critic Charles Ward :
“ … thoroughly appealing … his rich scoring of the orchestra and expansive solo melodies came from a composer exuberantly in love with music.”
Lesley Valdes, Philadelphia Inquirer:
“ … a melodious work, whose moods cohere… the thoughtful, the nostalgic, the provocative. Ideas are fertile and cohesive.”
Thomas May, Washington Post:
“Anderson shows a gift for fashioning readily accessible music from unusual combinations of timbres.”

Recent Jazz Review:
By Martin Z. Kasdan Jr
The Anderson/Easley Project at the Jazz Factory
This intriguing group consists of former Louisville Orchestra bassist Dave Anderson (now Principal Bass with the LPO in New Orleans) and pedal steel guitarist Dave Easley, with drumming by Steve Tidwell. While steel guitar is not usually associated with jazz, Easley demonstrated both proficiency and inventiveness in a program of mostly original material. Anderson’s arco intro to the opening number of the second set (sorry, I didn’t hear a title announced) led into a spacey pedal steel segment reminiscent at times of Jerry Garcia’s experimental playing on the instrument on his first, self-titled solo album. Anderson also opened the second piece, “Blues for Frank” with an arco introduction, before switching to pizzicato during the ensemble playing; Jaco Pastorius’ “Teen Town” was cleverly woven onto this song as well. Other highlights included “12-Tone Hip Bop,” dedicated to Charlie Parker and Arnold Schoenberg. Overall, this was a delightful evening of provocative and highly
enjoyable music!

And, yeah, I jammed with that dude- back in Junior High school.

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I don’t have a way set up for instant updating of the lost/found pages-
but, I ran the files today- and updated them.
If you graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in 1980- or know information about someone who did-
please use the update your info page and get me the updated info.
It’s much nicer not doing this to let you know someone has died.
So far, knock on wood, I haven’t gotten any of those e-mails for a while.

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Paul Adler sent this in-

these are the e-mails I don’t like to get.



Philip S. Epstein, who worked in real estate management and sales, died on May 15, 2006 at age 44.
At one time, Mr. Epstein was a salesman in his family’s candy and tobacco business. He enjoyed golf and music. Starting from the time he was in college, Mr. Epstein played drums and guitar with several bands. A graduate of Cleveland Heights High School, where he was captain of the swim team, he attended Kent State University. He was a confirmand of Park Synagogue.

Mr. Epstein is survived by his wife Ami Kann; son Justin Bernard; newborn daughter Arielle Bracha; parents Adele and Jerry Ack; brother James; and sisters Laurie Fried, Marcey Lovullo, and Fern Kaplan. Contributions may be made to Kol Israel Foundation or Park Synagogue
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We met at the Roadhouse in Willoughby- and had a grand time.

One of those too strange to be true occurances in the bar- the singer for the night showed up- and had attended Miliken with Paul Adler and Paul Appleton- even though she left to graduate in 1980 from W. Geauga High School.

Unfortunately, Michelle had a family emergency and didn’t make it. I hope things take a turn for the better for her.

Here are the people who showed up:

Paul Adler and wife

David Esrati

Janet Ernest Mock (with Bonnie Groenstein, 1978)

Danny Sands
Derek Bantum- all the way from Australia
Paul Appleton

Kenneth Rubin and wife
Kathy Gerard Carvin
Nancy Rutskowski Vocaire

Alissa Shuster

Edward Lemmers
Sandra Pickering Beeman

Juan Gamero and guest

Martin Davidson

Christopher Lee

Christopher took some really great pictures- and I took some candids- you can see them here:

Please note- we are still missing many of you- esp. current e-mail addresses- I will work to get the e-mail subscription automated- and do more to keep this site up to date over the next five years. Martin Davidson has volunteered to help plan a 30th. We will not have it on a holiday weekend- and the deadline for reservations will be MUCH earlier- so we know in advance how many will come. If anyone else would like to help Martin- let me know- or check our found list for his e-mail.

You can always reach me at [email protected]

A few notes from the evening- people can change a lot in 25 years- but, it’s amazing how much those shared childhoods give us similar qualities- and values.
I feel closer to the people who were there last night than to people I’ve known for the last 15 years-

We had a lot of amazing people in our class- we should be proud-

and as a conversation with Martin Davidson went last night- maybe it will be our generation that finally fixes the things that our parents generation were rebelling about.

Peace and love.

See you in 5 years.


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At some point 2 things will have to happen-

we’ll figure out where we are going to meet for dinner-

and- we’ll tell the people who have told us they will be there.

The rest of you- well, you didn’t make reservations- you didn’t tell us you are coming-

so – you don’t need to know.

So- if you are going to be in and around Cleveland on Friday, 2 September, 2005- and you don’t have anything else to do- and think you might want to hang out with these , it’s time to respond to this e-mail by either replying- or going to the site- and – with will attend-

and if you are planning on bringing someone- we need to know that too-

looking forward to seeing you.

David and Michelle

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All you maybe’s and procrastinators-
well- it’s too late.

Michelle cancelled the party center and is sending back checks.

Plan B.

If you are going to be in town-

We will make reservations at a restaurant- and all go there-

hang out- talk- smile- drink- ala carte-

and that will be it.

Picnic is also cancelled- unless someone else wants to put it together.

At this point- Michelle and I are planning dinner together.

If you want to join us-

or have a suggestion on where to do this-

write us back- [email protected]

Here is the list of who’s coming
add a comment to this post- saying if you are coming- and if you are bringing a guest.

I will approve, post and update the attending page asap.


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So it’s less than 30 days away.

Time to buy your ticket. $45 per person.
Picnic is $10 per family.

I’ve posted all the updates- including all the people who said they “might come”

It’s time to decide.

If we don’t have 150 people- we’re going to have to make other plans-

so contact us NOW.

We will have a dinner & DJ on Friday, September 2 at the Knights Party Center at 291 and Euclid Avenue in Wickliffe from 6 p.m. til midnight. We are going to have a family picnic on Saturday, Sept. 3 at a place to be determined. Sunday Sept. 4 will be a rain date for the picnic.

Dinner is $45 per person. The picnic the next day is $10 (per family).

Picnic only is still $10 per family (If you’re bringing a BIG family- we’d appreciate a little more- or some covered dishes)

Mail checks made payable to CHHS reunion ASAP to:

CHHS Reunion

9719 Chardon Road

Chardon, OH 44024

We will supply hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and hardware at the picnic, we’d appreciate if you bring your own beverages and a covered dish if you can. We are still working out the details. If anyone wants to help out, Michelle Ellis and David Esrati would sure appreciate it. Thanks to Paul Appleton for helping find the Party center, and to Michelle for handling all the details in Cleveland.

Even if you aren’t going to come, we’d love to have your updated info- so please fill out the form .