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Under construction beginning January 19, 2006 thanks to Jim Milan, trumpet and baritone saxophone player with the Roy Harstick Orchestra in 1940-1941.  Updated April 3, 2006.

I have a couple of additions to make to your "Area Musicians" site.
                           
                           I played with Roy Harstick in 1941-42.  He played bass and usually used a
                           seven-piece group, which included himself, Art Isenhart on piano, Paul
                           Melendy and Al Hammerstein on alto saxes and Tommy Kendall on tenor sax,
                           and me on trumpet.  Art Isenhart's abilities have been well chronicled,
                           but I would add that he was a very fine pianist, played very tasty jazz
                           and knew all the changes.  He was an Art Tatum devotee.
                           
                           I don't remember who played drums, but it probably was P. D. Allman, from
                           Clinton.
                           
                           I thought Al Hammerstein was the best player in the area at the time.  He
                           played a very strong lead alto and very good jazz.  He was about 20 at
                           the time, as was I.
                           
                           In the Lute Geisinger section, the bass player, ? Stumbaugh, was Ozzie
                           Stumbaugh, of Clinton.
                           
                           Jim Milan
                           

My name is Jim Milan, originally from Clinton, Ia.  I played trumpet and worked with Roy Harstick's band during 1940-41.  Roy played bass and used 6 men, Tommy Kindell, tenor sax,  Paul Melendy and Allan Hammerstein on alto saxes.  I played trumpet and doubled on baritone sax.  Art Isenhart was the pianist.  I do not remember who the drummer was, but think it might have been P.D. Allman, from Clinton.   Roy used special charts, most of them written by Allan Hammerstein.  They were quite commercial, in the style of bands like Tiny Hill, but really well written.
 
I concur with others who commented on Art Isenhart's ability.  He was a schooled musician, always played the right changes and knew all the tunes.
 
I am surprised that Allen Hammerstein's name does not appear in any of the listings that you show.  I was 19 at the time, and completely immersed in big band jazz and all the top jazz soloists at the time; Berigan, Eldredge, Lester Young and so on.   I say this hoping it will lend some credibility to my saying that I thought Al Hammerstein was the best musician in the area at that time.  He was a strong, alto player, and played excellent jazz.  Kindell and Melendy were greatly impressed with Al's playing. 
 
We younger guys were somewhat impressed with the older guys like Melendy, Kindell and Isenhart because they had been "on the road" with Ralph Slade.  I recall that Slade had a regular radio show over WSUI in Iowa City for a time.
 
To fill in a blank - the ? Stumbaugh, bassist, listed with the Lute Geisinger orchestra was Ozzie Stumbaugh from Clinton.
 
A sidelight on Geisinger - he had a horendous stutter.  As I remember it (from his playing at the Moose club in Clinton - my parents were active members of the Moose and would take me with them to Saturday Night dances to hear bands like Lute's), Lute would stutter terribly, but had no problem talking when he had a cigar in his mouth, or when he sang.
 
I enjoyed reading about all the old timers in the area.