Brian Bowman

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Brian Bowman
Brian Bowman


Brian Bowman


Yes! Attending Reunion
Class Year: 1964
Residing In: Arlington, VA USA
Spouse/Partner: Vinette
Occupation: Regents Professor The University of North Texas Emeritus (retired)
Children: One son,. Brian P. (born 1973) who is a recording engineer for the Navy Band in Washington, DC. 3 granddaughters More…Annabelle Lee (19), Charlotte Virginia (14), & Jane Independence (born June 2012)
Military Service: Navy and Air Force  

After graduating from DHS I went to the University of Michigan for 3 years, then served a 2 year mission in West Mexico for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where I organized and directed one of the first school bands in the country. Returning to the University of Michigan I graduated with my Bachelor and Master's of music in 1970, then got married to Vinette Parry in August and entered the Navy the next month and served for 4 years with the Navy Band in Washington D.C. I then was selected for thew United States Bicentennial Band for 2 years (1974-76) where I was a featured soloist and tour all 50 states and 50 state capitols. In 1977, I moved to the Air Force Band in Washington D.C. and retired as a Chief Master Sergeant in 1991, taking a position as Professor of Music-Chair of the Bass Department at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. In 1999 I accepted a position as Professor of Euphonium at the University of North Texas, Denton Texas retiring in August of 2018. In 2019 we moved back to Arlington, Virginia to live next door to our Son and family and only a couple of miles from my brother Victor.

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Happy birthday Art! great tp see you at the last reunion!

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Jul 08, 2022 at 6:09 PM

I first met Orlie when we were together at South Central Grade School in the 1950s.  We were in the same grade but not always the same classroom as there were 2 classes per grade. I remember he had recovered from polio and wore an arm brace that was not always easy to handle.  Later we went to the Madison grade school and then graduated to Dixon high School Orlie was learning to play cornet and in the band later switching to sousaphone for his jr and senior years.  We were together in the robed choir and also in a male quartet known as the Varstiy 4.  At one time we not only sang but formed an instrumental quartet of trumpet trombone drums and Orlie on the piano.

I remember Orlie from our High School Years together and the fun times we had making music together.  I am sorry that i never got to know him much more recently except briefly at our class reunion.  I hope that someone will write a history of his life and make it available to us.

It was great to know Orlie and he was a great gentleman and friend.  I send all by best wishes and sympathies to Susan and their family.  I will always remember Orlie McConnaughay!!  Looking forward to seeing you on the other side of the veil!!!

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Here is Orlie in the Robed Choir our senior year.  He stood right in front of me in the year book.



this us together in the Varsity 4 from the yearbook and in a performance where we played as well as sung

.Below is a picture of us together in the Madrigal group.



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Oct 06, 2020 at 8:02 AM

I remember Larry so very well from our years in Dixon Together.  He lived just a couple of blocks down Peoria avenue from us and his older brother, Doug was my brother, Victor's best friend.  Both Doug and Larry played the french horn and we were together in the grade school and high school bands, and the German Band.  Larry was always a little more quiet but had a wonderful smile that he often exhibited.  He was a great friend and I will always remember him!  Sincere Condolences to his family and thanks for the memories.

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Posted on: Dec 16, 2018 at 1:58 PM

Thinking of all of your from our Great Days in Dixon!

Merry Christmas 2018 & Happy New Year 2019

Do you feel the change each year when the Christmas season starts?
Gentleness, kindness and charity increase and spill from many hearts.
Retailers promise this will happen when we earnestly shop the marts.
Grocers insist the cause is loading more seasonal items into our carts.
Others suggest that family and friends play some of the major parts.
Bakers agree the origin is found in a plethora of cookies, pies and tarts.
But, in truth, ‘tis none of these which make such qualities top the charts.
Rather, rejoicing in the birth of Christ is that which the blessing imparts.

That we “might have life more abundantly”, the Father sent His most precious Son.
Among the adjectives describing Brian’s life this year, “abundant” is definitely one.
After nineteen wonderful years at UNT he retired and announced his work was done.
To honor their professor at a final concert and gala, his students returned to Denton.
They presented him with a cruise so that finally he would go somewhere just for fun.
Touched beyond words by their kindness and love, Brian often had to let the tears run.
The goodness and success of his students testifies that Euphonium Utopia he’d begun.
A scholarship endowed in his name by a euphonium would-be star now may be won.

The recitals, excitement and work of the final semester eventually came to an end.
To make way for a new professor, it was vital to the office clean-out task to attend.
Despite months of long hours, part of the office came home, the process to extend.
That he and Vinette worked together all day on the project was the biggest dividend.
In August the two paused so Brian as Falcone Contest judge to Michigan could wend.
What a joy it was to solo, judge the contest, and greet each dear and special friend.
In both euphonium divisions, Brian’s students placed first among all who did contend,
A greater joy to end his teaching career one would be hard pressed to recommend!

Jobs for the summer over, the Bowmans decided to tour the country on a lark
They visited Sauders in Illinois and Iowa having fun visiting from morning till dark.
They finally saw the Nauvoo restoration, an item on Vinette’s bucket list to mark.
Antelopes playing on the lawn at the military base in Wyoming did interest spark.
Next, off to Utah to nieces, nephews and BYU Education Week they did embark.
Eating Utah peaches and learning new things each day they were heard to remark
Maybe, if they did not go home, life in retirement truly could be a walk in the park!
Eventually, however, they had to go home to the realities of down-sizing so stark.

Review box or closet and decide to sort, scan, shred or stow is the Bowmans’ daily chore.
The planned move to Virginia this fall is rescheduled to spring (per the neighborhood lore).
Unlike last year when the Bowmans knew their last Christmas in Texas was surely in store,
This year they simply wonder how many more months it will take to get them out the door.
In the midst of all the tasks on hand and whether the home is on southern or eastern shore
Heavenly Father continues His blessings of health and happiness on the Bowmans to pour.
The Bowmans wish you the joy that comes from letting God’s love penetrate to your core.
May your heart be filled with the peace and the love Christ brought, now and forever more.

Current address E-mail stays the same as of “Move” 2019
3827 Ridgemont Lane 2400 Lexington Street
Denton, TX 76210-1404 Arlington, VA 22207
Thinking of all our friends in Dixon from those great days growing up in a great town. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2019 to all!!

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Happy Birthday Lester!! Remember all our great times together in Dixon. All best wishes to you in your retirement. Take care of yourself!

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Jan 15, 2017 at 8:33 PM

Pam was always one of the smartest girls in the class and always really looked sharp.  Always on top of things and very vivacious.  it is hard to believe that she is gone now, but we can remember her well!

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Brian & Vinette Bowman
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Vinette, Brian P. & Brian L Bowman Christmas 2000
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CHief Master Sergeant Brian Bowman, United State Air Froce Band - 1990
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Victor Bowman, Linda Jame Smith(Bowman) and Brian Bowman - Guest Soloists with the Sterling Municipal Band winter 2005