has long been a source of enjoyment for me, but itís not my profession.
Iím a retired mechanical engineer from Pratt and Whitney; I moved to Shelton,
CT two years ago. I have two grown children and four grandchildren.
My late wife passed away from breast cancer in 2001. My original
home town was Lafayette, NJ, a small farming community in the northwest
corner of the state near the Pennsylvania and New York state borders.
I relocated to Connecticut after graduating from college and have lived
here ever since.
began playing the clarinet in seventh grade and continued throughout high
school participating in the schoolís wind ensemble and the New Jersey all
state band. I learned to play nearly every band instrument while
in high school; and at one time or another, played every instrument except
flute in the marching band. I played the alto saxophone in the high
school jazz band and the tenor sax in a five piece professional combo to
make some extra money. The high school band director at
time was Keith Brion; he made music come alive for everyone. He later
served as the director of the Yale concert band for a time and has since
become nationally famous as a John Philip Sousa impersonator.
high school graduation, I entered engineering school at Virginia Tech and
put my musical instruments aside in favor of a slide rule. I maintained
interest in music over the years, but rarely played until two years ago
when I was invited to join with my grandson and play in the Shelton Intermediate
School jazz band. The director of the group commonly used a few ďringersĒ
to act as mentors for the student musicians. I enjoyed playing again
after all those years, and it was the kids who encouraged me.
for another outlet in which to continue playing after my grandson left
the jazz band and moved on to high school, I joined the Stratford Community
band last year. Itís been great to play in a concert band again as
it has been a source of enjoyment, helped me regain some more of my lost
playing skills, and provided a fulfilling activity for me in retirement.
looking forward to the upcoming season with the band;good luck to all of