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Billy Bang

Billy Bang

Billy Bang was asleep in his Upper East Side Manhattan home on the morning of Sept. 11. That was until he got a disturbing telephone call from saxophonist and longtime friend Frank Lowe. Screaming frantically in an uncharacteristic high-pitched voice, Lowe instructed the violinist to quickly get out of bed and turn on the television because an American Airlines plane had just crashed into one of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers.

“I turn on the TV and I see the World Trade Center burning like hell,” says Bang. “As I’m talking with Frank, the other plane came in, and that really wiped me out. Right then, I got nervous. I became afraid-again.”

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