Fallen Warriors

Harold Blankenship - Class Of 1968

Harold Lee "Bugsy" Blankenship, Jr., beloved husband, father, son, brother, grandfather, and friend, formerly of Grand Junction, Colo. passed away unexpectedly on October 6, 2020.  He was 70 years old.  He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.  Arrangements by Pueblo Cremation Company.  Donations may be made to Innovage of Pueblo, Colo.

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Published in The Pueblo Chieftain on October 14, 2020.

Harold also played trumpet in the KHS Band and won multiple KHS Writing Competitions, added by request by Bonnie Bridger Mittelmaier '69

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10/18/20 05:52 PM #1    

Michael Annett (1969)

A view from the trumpet 2nd chair section, 1967

I am responding to this post for ALL that were members of the KHS band!

Whether on the field, in concert orchestra, or in specialty events like "Big Band Music ... When we got together ... "We made beautiful music!"

I have to weave Bruce Bagley into this narrative ... because he and Bugsy were the 2 most talented trumpet player in our group

Curly haired Richard Stills and I battled for the first chair of the Second section of trumpets ... but after hours & hours of practice ... We could not overcome the sheer talant of these two gifted individuals. To watch and hear them play and compete for the "Solo chair" ... was impressive

Make no mistake ... Archangel Gabriel has a powerful horn section! God Bless All!

10/18/20 07:22 PM #2    

Michael Annett (1969)

Larry Dowdy was also in this mix of musicians

10/18/20 07:44 PM #3    

Bonnie Bridger (Mittelmaier) (1969)

Thanks so much Michael!  Love this little story, a snippet of and view of the way it was, all those years ago!

Bonnie Bridger Mittelmaier'69

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