Lloyd Anderson was a native of Mount Vernon in the state of Washington. He was a typical farm lad, involved in the local 4-H movement and became an experienced farm manager when his father died in 1920. During his high school career he purchased a trombone for $10 from a cousin. His first real community recognition came when he organized his brothers into a quartet and, with their ten year old sister at the piano, sang at dinners and programs in the local area.
Lloyd entered Washington State University at Pullman, and while at WSU a friend obtained a contract for a five piece orchestra to play on the President Liners sailing from Seattle to the Orient during summers. These were seven week, 14,000 mile trips that included ports at Yokohama, Kobe, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Manila. Lloyd joined the group, playing drums, string bass and trombone. This proved to be invaluable training in every form of music and he continued this for three seasons sailing on the S.S. Presidents Taft, Jackson and Grant.
After his summer diversions on the high seas, Lloyd came to Fortuna where he became one of the most popular instructors on the Fortuna High campus. During his teaching career, the enrolment of the music department increased to 314 of the 451 (69%) students enrolled at the school. Music was by far the most popular subject being offered, and held a great lead over the next popular subjects of typing at 250 students (55%), Math at 166 (37%), and Art with 146 (32%). In 1935 Lloyd headed the original Scotia Band, which included some of his students from Fortuna High. During the summer of 1936, he studied with Vessy Walker, a director of several Los Angeles bands, ultimately serving as conductor of the Disneyland Marching Band. Walker’s musical motto was, “Don’t show the public what you can’t play. Rehearse, difficult or easy numbers- but in public play the kind you can master,” and Lloyd took this lesson to heart.
In May 1937, the eighty member FUHS marching band won first prize among California bands in the opening day parade for the dedication of the Golden Gate Bridge. From 1935 to 1937 Lloyd was a member of the wildly popular “Lonely Hearts Trio.” Along with Joe Dugan and James Batchelor, these “desperate bachelor musicomedians” delighted audiences at private parties and at the Music Jamboree Night, a two evening event which featured the talents of FUHS students. During the 1937-1938 school year, Lloyd took a leave of absence from his students to study and travel abroad.