Major Mandolin

by Charles M. Prignano, Major, USAF, Retired
(Colorado Springs, CO, USA)

Major Mandolin in Formal Attire

Major Mandolin in Formal Attire

Major Mandolin in Formal Attire
Major Mandolin Cavalry Close Up
Major Mandolin in Cavalry Uniform
Major Mandolin as a Gondoliere

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 Marriott in Colorado Springs. 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 currently play every Saturday from 6-8pm at "Dat's Italian" restaurant in Colorado Springs. 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 (“How Texas Was Born”); and fun/novelty (“I Fell for a Fat Girl”). A few of my favorite artists are: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Marty Robbins, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Harry Connick Junior, Michael Bublé, and Lee Greenwood.

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