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Recollections - Photo 44
Members of The United States Air Force Band's Singing Sergeants pose for a photograph on a 1971 trip to North Pole, Alaska. Pictured (from left): Capt. Robert Kuzminski (director), Tech Sgts. Marvin Finnley, Wally Watson, and Josue Bustos. If you have additional info, please email our Band Historian Tech. Sgt. Tracey MacDonald. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you! This is Photo 44. (Unknown Photographer)
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Recollections Revealed - April 2011

Posted 4/30/2011   Updated 4/30/2011 Email story   Print story


by Tech. Sgt. Tracey MacDonald
The USAF Band

4/30/2011 - JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING --  The photograph from April's Recollections came from one of our readers and former Singing Sergeants member, Marvin Finnley. He was kind enough to send me the photograph and this information:

I came across an old photo taken during my tenure in the Singing Sergeants when the group travelled to Alaska for performances in Anchorage and Fairbanks. This particular photo was taken at "North Pole, AK" and shows (from left): Capt. Robert Kuzminski (director), Tech Sgts. Marvin Finnley, Wally Watson, and Josue Bustos. I'm the only one without a hat--as my hat always hurt my forehead! It was probably taken around 1971. On that particular trip, we were by ourselves and performed at the University of Alaska and Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage as well as at Eielson AFB in Fairbanks.

That trip was a very interesting trip. We flew to Alaska in President Franklin Roosevelt's former Air Force One, or so I was told. At the time, it was the prime transport for the commander of the Alaska Air Command and had wood paneled interior walls. There was a chef on board who cooked us steaks during the trip up. That was about as plush as we ever had on our flights which were, for the most part, on board prop aircraft. This made for very long flights. The trip to Alaska was composed of two segments: one from Andrews to Washington State, on a regular C131 prop, and then the leg from Washington State to Anchorage on the General's C131.

Mr. Finnley served in The United States Air Force Band Singing Sergeants from 1968-1972. He went on to have a 28 year career at General Motors in California. He continues to serve as the Cantor and Choir Director at Temple Israel in Long Beach, CA. He's to Hannah Finnley, and they have a son Zev.

We were so happy to receive this photograph and the background information. It was a great addition to our historical collection. If you have something you'd like to share with our readers, please send it via email to
We look forward to hearing from you!

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