In Memory

Herbert VanVlack

Herbert Van Vlack

Herbert passed away August 5, 2020, per a note from his wife to Las Vegas Alumni Ass'n.  There has been no obituary found.

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08/24/20 03:37 PM #1    

Craig Jolley

Herbert and I were in 6th grade together.  I remember him as polite, quiet.  He had a distinctive, positive speaking voice something like Ray Milland. Herbert's calling card was playing drums, and I think it meant a lot to him.  He had to be excused from class a couple of times a week for band practice which irritated Mr. Hathaway (nicknamed him "Sticks") since Herbert would miss our history lesson or whatever it was. The students of Paradise School were scattered over a twenty square-mile area ("Paradise Valley"). Busses carried us to and from school. The after-school bus wasn't always waiting at 3:30 so Herbert would serenade us on his snare drum held in place with a strap around his neck.  He only knew one pattern, a military number that lasted 45 seconds.  He would repeat his piece until the bus got there. I can still remember it note-for-note.  Actually I can play it.

I suspect he played in a band at LVHS.  Maybe someone who knew Herbert in music will see the bit about drums and recall a friendship with him. 

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