Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Richard Maloof's birthday

Today, we celebrate another beloved music maker's birthday....and this one is the King of all Bass and Tuba Players, Richard Maloof!

The native of Sacramento, California served in the Army, playing in the NORAD Commanders band and with Les Brown before he was hired by the Maestro in 1967 to play tuba and bass in the orchestra.

Fans know Richard as Mary Lou Metzger's husband, and for his distinctive afro and mustache during the late 70s and early 80s, having many confusing him with Alex Trebek. He was also a member of the Hotsy Totsy Boys led by Bob Lido.

And of course, his tuba rendition of "The Music Goes Round and Round" is very popular....just ask the ladies on the show.

Today, he continues to play music....and teach students all about playing the bass. Plus, has also took part in the show, "Forever Plaid".

Happy Birthday Rich! We also liked hearing you play the "Clarinet Polka" on the tuba!


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