Bobby Nichols

When one listens to the many broadcasts of the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band, the name Bobby Nichols consistently comes up as one of the orchestra's most exciting soloists. Only age 19-20 at the time, Nichols showed a lot of fire and a great deal of potential but unfortunately he never made it big. He began playing trumpet when he was nine and later attended the New England Conservatory. His biggest job before joining the military was as a trumpeter with Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra (1940-43) -- far from a high-profile position but an impressive spot for a 15-year old. Nichols joined the Army in 1943 and was part of the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band during its two years of existence; his advanced swing solos gave the huge group much of its jazz credibility.