These posts are coming from my website now. Zoot was not a man of many words he let his playing do the talking which I think is refreshing especially in this day and age. He was doing a clinic and doing everything right playing with the band etc. At the end of the session the music director in desperation because Zoot had not said anything just played and he says “Zoot we are coming to the end of the session there must be something you would like to tell the kids”. Zoot turns around and say’s “come on guys just play better ”. The guys I came up with didn’t talk that much about music but they certainly played and that is where I got it all. The bandstand was my college !