One night while we were performing at the club, Tommy Dorsey himself came in with an entourage of his people. When Tommy's group went thru the room we were deep into an arrangement of mine, of a popular war song called, "On a Wing and a Prayer." they all slowed down a moment to hear what we were doing I was excited. Upon returning to our hotel, I found a note in my box. I just about fainted. It said "please come by the stage door to see me," signed Lou Zito manager of the T.D. Orchestra. Can you imagine the excitement in my brain? Wow It was like an explosion. He told me that Tommy wanted to see me about joining the band. I was totally tongue tied. He took me to Tommy's dressing room. There he was as big as life and he asked me to join his band. There you go that dream Ethel had came true. And so my journey in the wonderful world of big bands really began.