Author Archives: Joy Magruder

Once Upon a Time

I have had so many requests to write the story of how I met John. Once upon a time….there was a fantastic Baritone Player with the Don Ellis Big Band. Bari is my favorite Sax and this Guy was Good! … Continue reading

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Band Brats

“Mr. Magruder was a major influence in my life”…”He is the reason why I am what I am, a professional musician”…”So many great memories”… ….These are slices of conversations which have been repeated so often that they have beome such … Continue reading

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Cat Calls

With John teaching school and working as a musician and writing music….I became his musical secretary and “Jill of all trades.” When we formed “The Magruder Machine,” I was still a Bride (6 months). It was up to me to … Continue reading

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Christmas Memories

It has been seven years since the last big Christmas Party at our home. All those years have added to the holiday legend those wonderful Parties have become to so many people… especially to my family and me. The following … Continue reading

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Ponce’s Saloon

Questions like, “Do we put the Baritone next to the Hair-Dryers…or the Bass?” or “Can we unplug the Curling Irons for the Guitar Amp?….were common place when John and I were putting together his Big-Band, “The Magruder Machine.” I worked … Continue reading

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Christmas Memories

The following remembrance was written by 16 yr. old Maddy Hutchinson…the grand-daughter of trumpeter, Tom Scott. It was her High School’s writers’ workshop project. I wanted to share it with all of you. At the Magruder’s Christmas party, the music … Continue reading

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Larry Williams, et al…

I see what he does. I hear what he does. I even watch him doing it! Yet I am still in awe of this amazing man! It seems that he can do everything… magnificently. Larry Williams… Composer/ Arranger, Trumpetist, Guitarist … Continue reading

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Joy Bopped

There are good audiences and bad….every once in a while, an audience is Great!! It was as if we had symbolically fit hundreds and hundreds of people into my living room to hear a “Monktet” rehearsal! The wonderful people who … Continue reading

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“Orchestre Surreal” Update

On Monday, November 16, 2009, “Elvis Schoenberg’s Orchestre Surreal” will be bringing their inspired musical craziness to Catalina Bar & Grill. One night…one show (8-10). Catalina’s will never be the same…you won’t either. I’ll be there…with feathers, at least. Be … Continue reading

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Free Lance Hero

Greg Dahl is my Hero….and all-purpose friend. I know that when I need a back-up…he’s there. When I have questions on almost anything…but especially my computer and the internet…he’s got the answers. He helps me with my Blog and when … Continue reading

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