My name is Steve and you were my clarinet teacher MANY YEARS AGO at UMASS (1965?) and I played 2nd clarinet with you that year in the UMASS orchestra before I transferred to MIT. I have continued to play the clarinet – and still practice almost every day – and still take lessons (now with Tom Hill in Boston). I have enjoyed your blog for years but have never written. I wish you well
I recall the incident that they decided to take a photo of the UMASS orchestra and you suggested we hold our clarinets with hands reversed. What a lark.You gave a recital at UMASS that (my freshman) year and you played the Schumann fantasy pieces. I had never heard the clarinet played that well before (by leaps and bounds). I was ready to give up, but I am glad I did not. I play much better now (at age 67).
Thank you for your kind letter, deeply appreciated. I remember 1965 as it was our first year of marriage, (and we are still adjusting)
I still play with my hands reversed, which is of course, more fun, but am considering no hands at all.
Have been quite ill with varia, a new valve. a few heart attacks, am in a long term care facility, and feel much better.
Thank you again
Sherman,it is great to see your sense of humor is thriving. You were also my teacher, my first and only. I have never had a lesson and have gotten all my tips from you, apart from downloading the fingering charts early on as a freshman. I’m 70 in October, and have been playing for nine years. I was also a primary (elementary) school teacher in Australia and I know you would have been a fine example of a teacher. If there’s not some appeal re the person “up front”, what is the basis for connecting with them? I say you connect with many people in quite a variety of ways. Best Wishes, Al in Melbourne