Dwight Bosman started playing clarinet and Dwayne began his musical education on flute. But by the time they headed off to Florida A&M University in Tallahassee – both on music scholarships – they were focused primarily on playing saxophones.
After graduating from A&M, where they also were members of the university’s famed “Marching 100” band, they both found jobs at Busch Gardens in Tampa, where they became members of the Desert Suns band that was a popular attraction at the theme park.
“That was a good experience for us,” recalls Dwayne. “It really taught us how to deal with audiences. There were all kinds of people coming to Busch Gardens, and we had to appeal to all of them and do it very professionally.”
The Bosmans returned to St. Louis in 1980, and immediately found a steady booking at the Moose Club, one of the top jazz spots in north St. Louis. On Pope Avenue off West Florissant, the Moose may have been an out of the way location for music. But during the late 1970s and 1980s, the club became the place to hear jazz on weekends, with the Bosmans often playing with national musicians who headed for the Moose’s jam sessions after their performances were over.