Celebrating 100 Years of Oakland Technical High School
Ernest Gregoire ’53
One of my fondest memories of Tech is being a member of the Swing Band, playing for assemblies and other outside performances. However, this experience was even more meaningful because I shared it with two of my life long friends: Clarence Walker, piano and base, and William “Bubba” Beal, baritone sax. Being a member of the trumpet section, I had the extreme good fortune to play with one of the great young trumpeters of the day, Mr. Mike Downs, who later became a professional. My years at Tech have always been meaningful and will continue to be so.