From 1950 to 1953 Eric Dolphy served in the army.
In 1953 he returned to Los Angeles.
Then he again began to practice musical instrument and learn music theory.
After that he met the bass clarinet.
Buddy Collette introduced him to Marle Young who was a clarinet and woodwinds instructor.
Marle Young introduced Eric to the bass clarinet.
Eric also played around town with various groups.
In addition there were always his daily sessions with Harold Land.
One day Clifford Brown, Max Roach and Richie Powell would become frequent guests at the sessions.
In 1954 Eric also met two musicians who would play important parts in his subsequent career.
He met John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman.