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Charles Prignano aka MAJOR MANDOLIN

Charles Prignano aka MAJOR MANDOLIN

I was born Charles Michael Prignano on 23 August 1949 in Elmhurst, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago. I spent most of my adult life in the military, working my way up through the enlisted ranks and into the officer corps, retiring at the rank of Major. I married a Spanish “señorita” (my first, last and only wife), Paqui, while stationed at Torrejon Air Base, Spain just outside Madrid on 23 May 1972. I am a former Assistant Professor at The United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After retiring from the Air Force in 1995, while stationed at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, I ran unsuccessfully for Congress (Fifth District, Illinois). We returned to Colorado Springs where I began promoting and staging Big Band Dances at The Broadmoor Hotel, The City Auditorium, The Crowne Plaza Hotel, and The Antlers Hilton Hotel. I still put on “Major Mandolin’s Annual Gala New Year’s Eve Ball” every year – this past year at the Antlers Hilton. I took mandolin lessons at a very early age, but was never truly professionally trained in music theory. I’ve played the mandolin since I was 5 years old, and play mainly at weddings, parties and retirement homes. I began composing music in the year 2000. “Drink a Little, Not a Lot” is my first attempt at having one of my compositions showcased in a music video. I love all types of music – even Rap, Hip Hop, and Heavy Metal. My tastes, however, run more to Pop. My writing tends to be more romantic (“I Remember You Yet”); historic (“H

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