This Day in History: 1929-10-11

Robert West, American trumpeter, led his own band after high school (Bob West and His Swingin’ Big Band), played in various ghost bands, joined the US Army Band in El Paso, Texas, taught at Drake Univ in Des Moines, Iowa (1956-92), chair of the National Trumpet Symposium in Denver (1968-73), principal of the Des Moines Symph Orch, Iowa Jazz Hall of Fame inductee (2008), born in Waukesha, Wisconsin.