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Encyclopedia > Raymond D. Bowman

Raymond DeArmond Bowman (September 4, 1917 - November 30, 2001) was an important American classical, jazz and ethnic (world) music critic, concert promoter and writer, based in Southern California. He was a survivor of the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941 and was an early member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. September 4 is the 247th day of the year (248th in leap years). ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... November 30 is the 334th day (335th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 31 days remaining. ... This article is about the year 2001. ... Satellite image of Pearl Harbor. ... December 7 is the 341st day (342nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ...

He was born in Rockingham County, Virginia but moved to Long Beach, California with his family at the age of 3, As a child he became a prodigy violinist, encouraged by his mother who had a love of classical music. Location in the state of Virginia Formed 1778 Seat Harrisonburg Area  - Total  - Water 2,210 km² (853 mi²) 6 km² (2 mi²) 0. ... Long Beach is the name of several places: Long Beach, British Columbia, Canada Long Beach, California, United States of America Long Beach, Mississippi, United States of America Long Beach, New York, United States of America Long Beach, Washington, United States of America Long Beach Township, New Jersey, United States of... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ...

His mother was Vesta Virginia Bowman, one of the founders of the Long Beach Symphony Society. His family survived the 1933 earthquake and his mother made soup for the neighborhood in the front yard of their Loma Avenue home, which was damaged. He later attended Wilson High School. He attended Columbia University in New York, where he obtained degrees in literature and journalism. Returning home, he became a member of the The California Junior Symphony Orchestra and appeared in the motion picture "They Shall Have Music" in 1939. Columbia University is a private university whose main campus lies in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of the Borough of Manhattan in New York City. ... Official language(s) None Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  Ranked 27th  - Total 54,520 sq mi (141,205 km²)  - Width 285 miles (455 km)  - Length 330 miles (530 km)  - % water 13. ...

He enlisted in the Army in late 1940 and was sent to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Ironically a few weeks later, he witnessed the attack by the Japanese on December 7, 1941 while stationed at the Army base. He was about to play a game of tennis when the attack began and quickly found himself firing a machine gun at the planes from a bunker wearing only his tennis outfit. During the war he worked in counter-intelligence in the South Pacific and rarely saw action for the rest of his enlistment because he was stationed on small outposts in the Pacific most of the time. His combined active and reserve enlistment lasted 17 years. He attained the rank of Master Sergeant. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

He was Adjutant of the Hollywood American Legion Post 43 during the 1950s and was active in veterans affairs. He was one of the original members of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and signed the incorporation papers a year after it was formed in 1961. The American Legion is an organization of veterans of the United States armed forces who served in wartime. ... The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, founded in 1958 and recognized by the United States Congress in 1985[1], is an organization whose members were at or in the vicinity of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii during the Japanese attack of December 7, 1941. ...

In 1962, he opened an art gallery in Beverly Hills with a good friend. "The Bowman-Mann Gallery" was located on La Cienega Blvd. near Wilshire Blvd. Many famous artists give one-man shows there, including Mae Babitz, Edgar Payne, Cetone Starr and Innocenzo Daraio. For other uses, see: Beverly Hills (disambiguation). ...

He was a major concert presenter of classical and jazz music. He met countless musicians, conductors and composers over the years. He was also instrumental in bringing world ethnic music to the Los Angeles area for the first time during the 1960s. For nearly 20 years he presented the "Monday Night Concert Series" at the Ice House in Pasadena. One of the most famous acts he presented was Lily Tomlin and her first record album was recorded on one of his nights. He also presented the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Dennis Dreith's Nova Jazz Ensemble, Rene Heredia and his Flamenco Show, the Aman Folk Ensemble, Devi Dja and many more. Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ...

He was a classical music critic for the South Bay Daily Breeze during the 1970s and was a fixture at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion during the symphony and opera seasons. He knew most of the performers and members of the press for nearly 40 years in the Los Angeles arts scene. He adored long conversations with "intellectuals" and could engage in discussions with them on art, music or history until late in the night. In his later years he was listed in the Marquis Who's Who social register. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is one of the halls in the Los Angeles Music Center (which is one of the three largest performing arts centers in the nation). ... Marquis Whos Who is a U.S. publication listing biographical information on notable people. ...

He loved drives to scenic places and one drive he enjoyed was the cliffs above San Diego bay in Point Loma. He asked that when it was "his time", he be buried "high on a cliff overlooking Coronado and the bay". He died on November 30, 2001. His wish was granted and his burial site overlooks that magnificent view. At his funeral were members of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association he had befriended over the years, who are mostly ex-Navy personnel. Ironically, an Army firing squad was unavailable to be at his funeral and at the last minute a U. S. Marine Corps firing squad graciously stepped in to perform the ceremonial duties. He was very proud of his military career and this would have pleased him greatly. November 30 is the 334th day (335th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 31 days remaining. ... This article is about the year 2001. ... United States Marine Corps Emblem The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is the second smallest of the five branches of the United States armed forces, with 170,000 active and 40,000 reserve Marines as of 2002. ...

External link

  • Pearl Harbor Survivors Association
  • Raymond D. Bowman's Memorial Page



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