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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Oct 2021 10:10 p.m. PST

"In December 1944, at the beginning of the Battle of the Bulge, a truck rumbled down a road in Belgium, carrying a group of soldiers who called themselves the Wolf Pack. Despite the name, they weren't fierce fighters being sent into combat. Their mission was to make music to entertain the troops.

The band's leader, a private named Dave Brubeck, had just turned 24. Already an accomplished pianist who reveled in experimentation, he would go on to become one of the most famous jazz musicians, bandleaders, and composers of all time.

But Brubeck's brash, unorthodox style as a musician obscured an inner turmoil. Though he wanted to serve his country, Brubeck quietly loathed the violence of war. "I resolved never to have a cartridge in my gun if I ever landed at the front," he told an interviewer years later. "I wanted to be sure beforehand that I could never kill a man."…"
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