1940-1949

A Plaque in Faye Spanos Concert Hall commemorates where Iola Whitlock and Dave Brubeck first met

1941
While walking into Faye Spanos Concert Hall, Brubeck meets Iola Whitlock, with whom he will spend the rest of his life in musical and marital partnership. This plaque is located in Faye Spanos Concert Hall and it commemorates where Iola Whitlock and Dave Brubeck first met.

 




 


1942: Dave and Iola1942
David and Iola marry; shortly thereafter, Dave enlists in the Army. (Photo: Dave and Iola, 1942)

 

 

 

 

 


1945: Wolfpack

1944
Served in the European Theatre under Patton, leading "The Wolf Pack," a band primarily made up of wounded infantry men who were the first racially integrated unit in the Army. (Photo: Wolfpack, 1945)









1940s: Dave Brubeck Michael Random and Darius Milhaud

1946
Discharged from Army, enrolls at Mills College, Oakland, California. Studies composition with Darius Milhaud on the G.I. Bill. (Photo: Dave Brubeck, Michael Random and Darius Milhaud, 1940s)



 

 

 


 

1947: Octet in rehersal

1947
Dave's first performance ensemble, The Dave Brubeck Octet, is formed with Milhaud students Bill Smith, Dick and Bob Collins, Jack weeks, and David van Kriedt, as well as San Francisco musicians Cal Tjader and Paul Desmond. (Photo: Octet rehearsing, 1947)

 

 


 


1947
June 14, 1947: First son, Darius, is born.


1949
March 18, 1949: Second son, Michael Brubeck born.


1950: Cal Tjader, Ron Crotty and Dave Brubeck1949
Dave and two other octet members (Cal Tjader and Ron Crotty) create "The Dave Brubeck Trio" recordings. (Photo: Cal Tjader, Ron Crotty and Dave Brubeck, 1950)