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July 21, 2018

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June 15, 2017
I know I'm late with this entry, but I have been so sad and at a loss for words since I heard of Mr. Nielson's passing. I can't begin to express what it means to me to have been his student. I've carried his lessons with me and put them to good use over the years. Many of us called him "Dad", and he certainly lived up to that important role model. I'm still playing the trumpet in an adult community concert band and we'll be playing British Eighth in his honor next week. RIP Dad! My love and blessings to you and your family.

Mary (Rossetti) Wolford, UHS Class of '74
San Diego, CA.
May 18, 2017
So sad to hear of his passing, but even almost 35 years on, I remember his passion for and pride in our Ukiahi band. His pride became our pride, especially on our marvelous marching band adventures.

Though I never marched after high school, I still retain some of his lessons. And though I am no longer a musician, I still tap my toe to the beat.

Eternal thanks, Mr. Nielson, may you rest in peace. Condolences and warm wishes to his family.

Class of 1986.
April 30, 2017
Forever a flame in the hearts of his family, many students, and friends who loved and admired him. I was so blessed to be his student, 1988-92. His students all stood in his honor at graduation in June 1992 for the pride he instilled in us.
April 21, 2017
Goodbye to an incredible Man..<br />I actually met Mr Neilson at a Hunting Camp with our family. I was young, but already drumming at home. He challenged me to be in his band when I got to High School...<br />At his service the other day, I felt peculiar, as I was at this service for this incredible man, yet, I was having tears of joy, that I had the privilege to be shaped by some of Rowland's character, and that I was a part of the Sound Machine Ukiah High School had from 1978 through 1981. Challenging a youth can be a delicate dance, you can scare the tar out of him and steer him from inspiration, or actually have that youth accept the challenge. He did that with me, and I see now, countless others. I toted one of the bass drums in Marching Band, and didnt have the strength, initially, for the 'thump'. He taught me some barbell exercises for my forearms. I thumped. The Summer before my Sr year, he challenged me to take over 1st Chair Snare by practicing over the Summer......I didnt touch a drum stick all Summer. One day at 1st period band, he told me to get the snare drum, go out in the cafeteria sally-port and 'woodshed' all day. When I asked him about my other classes, he said he took care of that. To this very day, I can still likely play all parts of that drum cadence. He was known as &quot;Dad&quot; while I didnt get into that (I felt dad was a relatively monogamous expression, and I had a great dad), he was one heck of a mentor, not only for music, but for some of life's principles for success. I didnt realize it, until his service. <br />I adored this man. When my own father passed away, Rowland invited me to come and golf with him....he knew. <br />Goodbye my friend....