The year: 1972 The place: Jr. High school Dance... in the Gym ! The school held several big dances thru out the school year. Always in the gym which was cavernous. You could fit 2- 747s in it. 45 ft high ceiling white cinder block walls, wood flooring of course. You get the picture now. Needless to say, an FOH engineering nightmare. I was all of 12 yrs old but had been listening to plenty of great rock since my brother turned me on to it round 1966 and had started to learn guitar and bass then too. Excited to attend the dance ck out the girl action, Me and few friends met up walked over. Think it was like a buck to get in. When we walked in of course everybody was in their little click groups around the walls.The girls dressed up for the evening... Then I saw it... A massive wall of amps, cabinets etc I had never seen so much backline in my young life up to that point. I thought our local music had alot of gear But these guys looked like they bought anything and everything. The P.A were these huge 'W' CV bins with super large diameter Community Horns on top, like something from Roosevelt's inaugural address, they must have been 24 " dia ! Scanning left to right Ampeg Marshall Fender Sunn Acoustic Gibson, Guild (yes they made amps) Kustom, Standels. on and on.Cabinets stacked 2-3 high. The band members were a small army: 3 guitarist , bassist, 2 keybd players complete with a B-3, Rhodes, upright piano etc etc, drummer, vocalist, female backup vocalist, 3 person Horn section...I mean can you imagine ? Just their appearance made them sound great, and in fact, they really were. I wish I took a photo , ugh. I had to meet these guys, during a break between songs I asked the bass player where he got his bass from . A very cool Dan Armstrong lucite model. he came up to me with this **** eating grin , Nodding his head to the next song's intro and yelled "Rondo Music" ( yeah this was in N.Jersey) I asked if i could stay 'backstage' and watch he said "sure". So I gave up on trying to chase the girls and hung out behind the bass stack watching the entire nights performance. As it was I was striking out and this band with it mountain of gear just blew me away. What an incredible night these guys played everything from It's a Beautiful Day to Santana to Mountain to James Gang ( first time I ever heard Walk Away !) etc etc. I knew my path had now been pre-determined for me. And a cute girl whom I had interest in now saw me by the amps and asked " are you with the band ?" I promptly replied "Yeah my friends" ( a blatant lie but hell, anything goes at that moment) and with that I was back in the game. After the dance was over i watched them load out into 2 ancient giant box trucks. Never saw them again. Though sure they were all over the Northeast. Being 12, i just didn't get around much back then ! .