Published In 1965
Where does the name “Twiliters” come from? “I don’t remember,” says our fearless leader. “It came into being before I showed up at Arroyo.” So goes the story of this record. Many years have passed but somehow, this album and more than a few memories survived.
The band here was directed by Thomas Phillips. “He’s a reedman and was a tremendous mentor – one who really encouraged me and gave me the reigns of being one of the student leaders. He could have kept me on as pianist all four years but he wanted me to branch out. He let me experiment with other instruments. I wound up being 1st tenor with the Jazz band during my senior year!”
“Here was a very interesting band,” Bob continues. “We were very motivated thanks to Tom Phillips. He really inspired people and would sit in many times on reeds and just play with the group which made us feel good – like he really wanted to be a part of it.” This group did all the school dances and they had uniforms. They also had one amazing library. “We had a really nice dance band library made up of a lot of the stocks of the big bands in the ’40s – must have been 200-250 charts in that library. All of them were very playable. Commercial dance bands would have loved to get their hands on that book. I used to take it home and could download into my brain really valuable pieces of music I still play today”.
As for the recordings themselves, Bob’s memories are understandably vague. “I remember doing “Lil’ Darlin’. Neal Hefti wrote it for the Count Basie Orchestra. We bought a lot of stock arrangements as was the norm back then. ‘Shot In The Dark’ was a Bond thing if I’m not mistaken.” As for the recording itself, “I remember we used a couple or three microphones that were hanging in the air for the recording. I am not sure how we came to make this record…but we did!” You’ll be glad they did as it has few apologies to make – especially given the young age of the participants who performed.
Audio Note: This album was remastered directly from the original vinyl album. Quite surprisingly, the album was very well preserved and it sounded halfway decent for its age. There was one track that “skipped” initially but, thanks to a stash of quality needles, I was able to work past that. Overall, a fairly nice, even sound given the equipment used to record it. Happy listening! (Ed)
These can be both listened to and downloaded. To download, just click the “Download Songs” link under the playlist on the left. The files are “zipped” and can be easily played back in iTunes or any other music player of choice. They are lossless files so they sound great – far better than those you’ll hear above in the playlist. If you have any difficulties, don’t hesitate to send us an email.