GH: I call it the Berklee writing mafia. So it was Ted Pease, Larry Monroe, and Alex ??? and Alex brought me over introduced me to Ted Pease. He was a great writer and another one of my mentors. Showed him some scores. And his eyebrows went up because it was stuff I'd written for Buddy and it was tapes of Buddy playing. Ok. Well, we could probably use you for a semester or two. So, originally I was just gonna stay a year or two to rest. And then the rest is history. I've been here ever since the fall of '74.
FB: They made you feel welcome.
GH: Oh yeah. I mean it was open arms and I really I fell right into a lot of comfortable situations. I started playing that summer I had met Joe Levano, Billy Drews, Steve S???, Dave Saltman, oh Scott Lee, and some other people and we started playing gigs. We played down in Newport. There was this club called Mr. Bojangles. I remember going down there and they said you get a room. I didn't know they meant a room for the whole band. There was 5 of us in one little room. It was unbelievable. So, I started working with really good players.