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Sunday, September 25, 2016 02:48 PM Write a comment Permalink

I remember you & John from the Southmount band including the record the band made with John's cornet solo song. I knew that you & John were in The Brass Union but hadn't yet seen the band. I somehow got invited to a small gathering at Drew Smith's house one night. You were there as was John & his then girlfriend Marilyn Griffith & Cindy Harper. Someone had brought the first Blood, Sweat & Tears album. As a new trumpet player I was blown away by the brass and innocently announced that "Hey you guys should play this stuff!". There was a round of laughter followed by the comment "They do!". Sad news indeed about John.

Don Sunday, September 25, 2016 09:53 PM
I remember you, Mike. Yes, very sad about John. I was playing in another 8-piece horn band with him when we lost him. Drew Smith married Cindy Harper, but sadly lost her to cancer about 25 years ago now. Marilyn and her husband still live in the area and run a beautiful country gift shop and tea room from their farm. John and I have stayed good friends with her all through the years. Good to hear from you, Mike and I shall assume that you're enjoying life out in beautiful B.C.

Mike Hannan Wednesday, October 5, 2016 03:08 AM
Thanks for the update Don. I had no idea that Drew & Cindy were a couple. A beautiful lady who I had a crush on.Marilyn used to ride the same school bus in the morning. Once she saw that I had a cornet with me she always sat with me. She was always kind to me. Yes I'm enjoying life on Quadra Island. It's like rolling back the clock here. Lots of folks from the Woodstock set settled here. A career in the military left me in rough shape so this is the perfect place for me to be. If you see Marilyn please say hello for me.
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