ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

DARVONS REUNION IS NOW A GREAT DAY IN HISTORY

Updated on November 15, 2010

INTRODUCTION

Fellow hubbers and other readers, those of you who read my previous Hub, ” THE 60’S BEST BAND IN THE UPPER OHIO VALLEY-REUNION”, know I was in a band, The Darvons in the 1960’s. The reunion of all us old geezers finally occurred on Saturday, November 13, 2010 and a glorious day it was when my old buds and bandmates gathered at my house along with many of their children. I sure hope they all enjoyed themselves as much as I did because I had a blast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Can you imagine five old guys who haven’t played or been in the same place together since 1968 getting back together? Most of us don’t even own instruments anymore but that didn’t deter our fun and companionship and sharing those old memories of bygone days!!!!!!!!!! It was hard to believe we hadn’t been together just a day or two ago because we all just took to the conversation and fellowship of our love like the passage of 42 years had really never happened!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

OH WHAT A GLORIOUS DAY IT WAS

I previously told you I was a little anxious over planning such a momentous event because I just didn’t want to screw up our possible fun of reuniting but my fears were all in vain we all had a wonderful time at our reuniting.

Although the reunion itself was a smashing success my bumbling trying to get my house and yard presentable resembled an episode of The Three Stooges (or if you are too young to recall these slapstick comedy magicians just think of Adam Sandler). While cleaning the house everything that I touched to clean I either broke or made dirtier than before I touched it in the first place. I wished I could afford to hire it done but somehow I muddled through. I bought a set of pruning shears at Big Lots and attacked my shrubs with a vengeance and the result was wounded pride on my part as I fell in the tangled underbrush and lost my reading glasses but finally this caper became complete and the reunion was the next day and every chore was done!!!!!!!!!!!!!

On Saturday at 11 AM the first Darvon to arrive was my cousin Chris Zumbrunnen (our bassist and his family) his wife Karen, his daughters Amy, and Heidi and his son Rob we greeted each other with a hug and all was heavenly. Next to arrive was Larry Adkins our drummer and then Ed Snodgrass our sax player and finally Jim (Beef) Clark our lead singer with his son Jason. Greetings, handshakes and hugs were exchanged all around and the conversations started then my neighbor and attorney Tom White who had been in a rival band came down and joined in the conversations for about 45 minutes. It was like we had never been away from one another for 42 hours much less 42 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Then at noon my daughters Tracee and Jenny arrived with my grandchildren (Tracee’s brood Kacey, Parker, and Jake and Jen’s tribe Dakotah and Kamron). Tracee’s husband Ikie came at first to help her carrying the massive amount of food the she and Jen had prepared for our culinary orgy. The gourmet grub included world famous taco dip to die for and delicious cream of potato soup along with a chicken dip along with snacks of potato chips and nacho scoops and a pumpkin cake and various beverages. The initial long range weather forecast cast a pall over the date of the festivities as possible rain was predicted but it turned out to be a warm and sunny late fall day!!!!!

The conversations and recollections that began at 11 AM and never paused or faltered until around 4 PM were priceless but details are being withheld due to the fact that in most cases the statute of limitations has yet to run!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CONCLUSION? PROBABLY NOT

We’ll all be back together again on a regular basis at the suggestion of Jim “Beef” Clark were going to have breakfast, lunch or just coffee on a monthly basis. The Lord only knows we may actually beg borrow or steal instruments and make some music together once again some day in the future. Stranger things have happened but not by much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To think this event all started out by my finally deciding to have a 44 year old tape converted to a CD and sharing the magical music of the Darvons with my old friends and bandmates make me convinced I was born with and Angel on my shoulder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have to once again be the most blessed man on the face of the Earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have this final set of observations to make on the boys who formed the Darvons and the men who remain to this day Darvons forever. We worked hard, we practiced endlessly, we played hard together and we came to love each other and I could feel that love has endured over the years and we are now a band who once made music but now we are a band of brothers bonded by love for time and eternity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

ED'S SAX TRACTS

In 1998 Ed made some studio tracts on his sax and I'll share them with all who ask and I believe you will enjoy them immensely. Just let me know by email the format you desire. 

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Pop,

      We had a total blast and wish you'de have been here with us it would have made a perfect day even more perfect if that's possible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      We have tracts Ed made in 1998 if you're interested let me know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 

      7 years ago

      I am so happy you had a great time.

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      James,

      You should have seen the ineptitude on display while I was cleaning the house and trimming the shrubs!!!!!!!!!

      The Darvons are a band of brothers for now and evermore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank your for your supportive comment.

    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      This is awesome, man! And you got the house clean too!! :-)

      I enjoyed reading this story. A band. A band of brothers. You gotta love it. Thank you.

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Wayne,

      I've been time traveling to the tape of the Darvons for decades and I wanted to share the whole experience with my bandmates!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      I think and hope they all had as much of a blast as I did!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your kind comment.

    • Wayne Brown profile image

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      In cases like this, time can be somewhat brought to a standstill. Great memories and fun. It really sounds like you enjoyed it immensely. You guys really should try to play again...that would be fantastic! WB

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      SusanP,

      Sometimes I even amaze myself and actually have an original thought if that's philosophy I guess I'm a philospher!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your complimentary comment.

    • profile image

      SusanP 

      7 years ago

      Love your last sentence. We should ALL go after the World instead of waiting for it to come to us! What a piece of good philosophy!

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      dahoglund,

      I have wondered the same thing myself maybe a million times and that's why I had the tape made onto a CD in the first place. I got tired of waiting for the World to come to me so I went out after the World myself!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Chris,

      Thanks so much for stoping by my hub. It is nice to hear from you anytime and it was even nicer having you and all the guy here Saturday with the families too!!!!!!!!!!

      FYI any fellow hubbers or other readers the comment above is from my cousin Chris and a guy who was like a little brother to me long before the Darvon ever existed!!!!!!!

      Thanks Chris for everything!!!!!!!!

    • dahoglund profile image

      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Good you decide to keep it up.I regret many things I left behind, including people, that will never be the same.Sometimes I wonder how we could be so dumb when we were young.

    • profile image

      chris zumbrunnen 

      7 years ago

      Great write up Tom and I feel the same way it was a great day and one I will remember forever. For anyome who wants to hear the Old Darvons from the 1960's just go to www.youtube.com/1234uz ( That is my channel there) All the Oldies are posted

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Tim,

      It was a blast but as for photos or videos I have two problems I don't own a camera of any type and I can only use text modules in Hubs!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your comment.

    • profile image

      TimBryce 

      7 years ago

      Tom -

      Sounds like it was fun. You should include some photos or videos.

      All the Best,

      Tim

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Pamela,

      I sure as shootin' hope we old geezers keep getting together on a monthly basis and even play music together once again like Ed did in the studio in New Martinsville!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your kind comment.

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Tom, It sounds like you had a grand time and why not continue to meet as regularly as possible? As you said we're not getting any younger, Have fun.

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Carol,

      I had the strangest experience after the reunion it felt like it had happened a week ago and that's a new experience for me.

      I'm not sure when future recordings will occur but check back and we'll offer free CDs just like we offer Ed'd CD with this hub.

      Thank you for your kind comment.

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Jolly Rogero,

      All the Darvons are glad to share this journey with you also. It's been a blessed event and speaking for me I have always felt like I have an Angel on my shoulder!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your heartfelt comment.

    • cjv123 profile image

      Carol 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Tom this is great! It's interesting how your blogging on Hubpages brought you to now have this reunion regularly. I want to hear recordings of the 2010 Darvons! When is that going to happen??

      Really neat Hub - so glad you had this happen!

    • Jolly Rogero profile image

      Jolly Rogero 

      7 years ago

      Your ending paragraph about the love between the boys-to-men-brothers says it all. A meaningful relationship then....... AND even more meaningful now! I've enjoyed this journey with you. Keep on living to the fullest!!

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      SusanP,

      Making such a trip is a blessed event and I wish you well in your quest for such a journey!!!!

      Thank you for your kind comment.

    • profile image

      SusanP 

      7 years ago

      I find myself wishing I could go back to my past for an afternoon as you seem to have gone back to yours. What a joyous day you must have had, recapturing the moments and rekindling the friendships. THIS story is very precious.

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Hmrjmr1,

      I agree with your suggestion we aren't getting any younger and the time is now to use the time the Lord has given to us and for us to bring the music to life once again!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your supportive comment.

    • Hmrjmr1 profile image

      Hmrjmr1 

      7 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Glad you had a good time Tom, get those instruments together we want to hear you guys! Life is not about the destination it's about the journey! Keep Hubbing Lad!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)