Enlisted in the United States Coast Guard, 5 September 1942 - stationed at Coast Guard Training Station, Curtis Bay, Maryland; assigned to the Coast Guard Band as instrumentalist (Clarinet). Honorably discharged on 22 January 1946.
Auditioned for the United States Army Air Corps Band, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington DC; accepted and enlisted 30 January 1946. One of the Original members of the Singing Sergeants of the USAF Band. On 3 April 1952, received appointment as WOJG Band Superintendent. Activated 570th United States Air Force Band, Wichita Air Force Base, Wichita, Kansas. In 1953 was assigned to Chatearoux Air Force Base, France; activated the 583rd United States Air Force Band - known as the U.S. Air Force Band of France. In June 1955, when Lt Carl Costenbader, returned to the ZI to activate the USAF Academy Band, I was requested by the USAFE Director; Office of Information, to take Command of the 686th USAFE Band in Wiesbaden, Germany. When their new Commander Lt Herman Vincent arrived, in late July 55, I returned to Chatearoux, France.
On 5 August 1955, reported to London, England and assumed the position as Commander and Conductor of the 751st U.S. Air Force Band - known as the Third Air Force Band - the only American Band in the United Kingdom. During this assignment I organized, trained the Third Air Force Drum & Bugle Corps, the only one of its kind in any USAF Field unit. Returned to the ZI 4 July 1957 and in August 1957 became the Officer-in-Charge of the United States Air Force Drum & Bugle Corps and Pipe Band, units of the USAF Band, stationed at Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, DC. In 1959 was assigned to the Secretary of the Air Force Office of Information, in the Pentagon, as scheduling officer for the ten units of the United States Air Force Band. In 1960 was reassigned to McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, as Commander/Conductor of the 730th Air Force Band.
On 3 August 1963. returned to London, England as Commander and Conductor of the 751st United States Air Force Band - known as the 3rd Air Force Band. Returned to the ZI in August 1966 to become the Commander and Conductor of the 579th Air Force Band, known as the First Air Force Band, stationed at Stewart Air Force Base, New York. In January 1970, was assigned to Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado, as Commander of the 504th United States Air Force Band - the USAF portion of The NORAD Band, and host unit. Additional duty as Associate Conductor of The NORAD Band and Command Band Supervisor for Air Defense Command. Mandatory retirement on 30 November 1972 from the United States Air Force, with over 30 years service.
Moved to Florida in 1973. Received Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida Southern College with a Major in Management and a Minor in Music. Taught at Florida Southern College for six (6) years (Orlando, Campus); Music History and Music Appreciation. Member of the Florida Bandmaster Association for 18 years (adjudicator). Also, received a teaching certificate K - 12 for the State of Florida. The First President of The United States Air Force Musician’s Alumni Association - formally known as the United States Air Force Retired Band Directors and Superintendents Society and was re-elected at the 2002 reunion as President of the USAF Musician's Alumni Association to 2004.
Ed. Note: Lou has had a truly impressive and successful career. He is also proud of the distinction of never missing a reunion of The USAF Drum Corps & Pipe Band. Lou continues to enjoy his well-deserved retirement in Central Florida. Best of everything to you Lou and thanks for the memories.