What I didn't know is that the birthday boy had also been a pilot all his life, flying for the air force, commercial airlines and his own personal planes. This is how I represented that side of him:
I briefly attended the party to say hello to a few old friends. There was a band of friends playing for the guests and it looked like there would be lots more music making with this cache of percussion instruments-
I bet they made some noise to celebrate eighty years of musical life!