My name is Ethan Chilton, and I'm a trumpet player and composer from Los Angeles, CA. I am currently studying jazz at USC, about to start my third year. Over the past six months I've been performing frequently with different bands at events through USC's Popular Music department. One day, after finishing a gig at the USC Trustees' Conference in Ojai Valley, I was approached by Chris Sampson, Vice Dean of the Contemporary Music Program. He told me that he had been contacted by Julie Fogerty and that she was looking for a summer horn section to go on tour with John Fogerty. Myself, Nathan and Steven accepted the offer excitedly and proceeded to make recordings of some of John's music for the band to hear.
Once all the details were set and we were good to go, I spent the week leading up to departure packing, practicing, and getting some full nights' rest before the stresses of traveling. Needless to say, I was really enthusiastic for what the next six weeks would bring! I met Nathan and Steven at the airport, but our first flight to Philadelphia was delayed almost two hours! Upon landing, our baggage didn't arrive for nearly another hour after that! Regardless, the journey was a safe one and by the time we drove to Atlantic City we were able to get some food and some rest.
That brings us to the present moment! The three of us have arrived at the Events Center at the Borgata Hotel, received our credentials, and are sitting in the dressing room writing our blogs, warming up, and waiting to start soundcheck. It's a very exciting time for all of us, and we're extremely grateful to everyone who has helped us get to this point in our lives. My tremendous thanks goes out to Bob Fogerty, the entire staff and crew of the tour, the band, and, of course, John and Julie Fogerty for keeping this music alive, allowing younger musicians to make music with them, and offering all their knowledge and experience. Finally, I want to thank my parents for supporting my every decision and my friends at school for providing an inspiring community of musicians to learn from.
Thank you all for your continued support of John Fogerty and your interest in the arts. More blog posts to come!