In high school I took up the trumpet so I could sit next to my high school sweetheart. Mostly, though, I stuck with the guitar. The guys that I went through the “garage band” phase with knew a lot of drummers. We didn’t have a bass player however. I just took off the lightest two strings off my Sears Silvertone and taadaa!!! Instant bass guitar. It wasn’t long until we met a guy with a real bass guitar and a real bass amp. It was then decided that I should play rythm guitar. That lasted a while, until the lead guitarist left for greener pastures. What
else could I do but start learning the lead riffs and playing lead. I learned a lot, real fast at that point! Any musician can tell you, once you start playing music, especially with other people, it’s a bug that’s tough to shake off. Eventually, other guitarists came and went and the 80’s came crashing through with the latest new invention in the music world. The Synthesizer! What an awesome discovery. Of course, the band needed one as well as piano, organ, etc. Who played them? Good guess! Me! Around the mid-80’s I became good friends with a spectacular saxophone player. It was then I delved into the wonderful world of woodwinds. Saxophones, clarinets, and flute were the order of the day back then.
Now, looking back, I can’t begin to express how terribly fortunate I was to have been associated with so many top-shelf musicians and how generous they were to share their abilities and techniques with me. I’ve always considered the true test of talent and ability is the test of time. Many of the musicians I played with as far back as junior high school are still playing today. The fact that I still get paid to play and sing boggles my mind. Now, I’m in a position to help the next wave of musicians. I so much enjoy working with the younger students. When a student is eager and anxious to learn every bit of knowledge and experience I can give them, it’s a feeling that money can’t buy.