A member of The Pride of Oklahoma in 1944, Collis Parker recounts his wedding, which was so crazy it was recounted contemporaneously in the Oklahoma City Times, for columnist Larue Barnes of the Cleburne (TX) Times-Review:
[Collis] had always achieved. He joined the Cub Scouts when he was in Lincoln Grade School in Oklahoma City, and he loved music and took cornet lessons. He knew he needed to prepare to be in the band at Webster Junior High.
“I joined the Boy Scouts of America troop #36 while at Webster, and made the band as well,” he said. “I played in the band at Central High School in Oklahoma City, and after my 1944 graduation, I was accepted as a member of the Pride of Oklahoma Band at the University of Oklahoma.”
But World War II was still raging.
In March 1945 Collis enlisted in the Navy. As a sign of closure of sorts, his horn was stolen from his band locker just before he left the campus.
And that’s just the beginning. You can read the whole thing online. On the bright side, 58 years later, it does seem that it all worked out.