Famous Alumni, Chuck Estes
Sunny Hills High Class of 1964

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In the fields of folk, rock, and jazz, Chuck was probably the most accomplished Sunny Hills musician, composer, band leader and director/producer in school history. He and his friends Steve Noonan, Steve Van Gelder ('65) and Jackson Browne ('66) often performed before school, at the morning break, and at lunch on campus on the quad. In his lifetime, Chuck performed in hundreds of bands, and on dozens of LPs and CDs. For quite a long period, he was almost solely interested in jazz. In his 30s and 40s, he spent a great deal of time composing and also directing musical drama and Christmas musicals. At SHHS, he was indispensable. One year Mr. Ray Vaughn told Chuck there were 5 or 6 people who wanted to play trumpet and about as many who wanted to play Chuck's other main instruments in the Lancer Marching Band, but no one to play tuba. That's all Chuck needed to hear, and he spent the next few days learning the tuba, and marched with the band in that capacity. We lost Chuck just a few years ago, and one of the humorous nicknames he liked for himself (besides Daddy-O), was "The Old Maestro". It fits.

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