Fun fact: Drafted into the military at the age of 18, Shep went off to camp Pickett, Virginia for basic training where he made the acquaintance of members in an Army band and started sitting in with them on officers club jobs. Shep was on a troop train headed for Camp Barkley, in Ailene, Texas and made a stop in St Louis for a 5-6 hour layover. Shep and some of the guys made for place called the Hawaiian Club to hear a new band with a promising young, but unknown trumpeter named Miles Davis, and Shep recalls, “I gave him some tips on playing the trumpet”.
Final Resting Place:
Forest Lawn Cemetery
1411 Delaware Ave
Buffalo, New York, 14209
Grave Location:Section 36, Lot 31-N 2/3, Space: 2
Grave Location Description
Behind the mausoleum about 100 feet from the road, even with the back-side glass doors to the mausoleum