Paul Pease: A 1970 Christmas memory
This memory takes place in the winter of 1970 inside Sierra College before its new theater was built.
It was a winter concert and I played clarinet in the symphonic band and sung tenor in the choir. We played Christmas selections, such as “Ave Maria,” “Little Drummer Boy,” “Do You Hear What I Hear,” “Silent Night” and others.
My parents drove me to the concert and watched me perform along with some of my classmates from Nevada Union High School’s class of 1970. I attended Sierra Junior College from 1970 to 1973 majoring in electronics and music, my fondest memories there were during the fall and spring of 1970 and 1971.
For my high school graduation present at Christmas in 1970 my Aunt Marce arrived, bringing a brand new Morse electrophonic stereo with an AM-FM radio, an eight-track tape player, satellite speakers and a Garrard record changer. The very first record I played was “Cosmos Factory” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. That year I also had snow caps put on the back tires of my 1963 Impala Super Sport.
To the NU class of 1970 who watched me perform at the 1970 winter concert, and everyone else including the music teachers and everyone here today, happy holidays and thanks for the memories.
Paul Andrew Pease
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