Saturday, November 27, 2010

Brass Bonanza composer mystery solved!

Column, Jeff Jacobs -

Jacques Ysaye (AKA Jack Say)
Image via Hartford Courant

Even after Peter Karmanos took his hockey team and pony tail to North Carolina in 1997, the song continued to resonate. The UConn pep band plays it. During UConn-Tennessee women's grudge matches, during UConn men's Big East showdowns, 'Brass Bonanza' played on. It is played periodically at Fenway Park after the Red Sox score, yes, even during the Yankees' historic collapse in the 2004 ALCS. The Rock Cats, the Danbury Whalers, various New England colleges, 'Brass Bonanza' played on.

Yet nobody has heard a single note from the composer in more than three decades. Nobody has heard Say say anything.

Well, hold onto your whale tail Pucky.
Grinning sheepishly, I just sent Mr. Ysaye a friend request on Facebook.
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