I've been blessed to have many great music teachers, vocal and instrumental. In today's blog, I just want to mention them and say thank you.
In elementary school, I had 3 different music teachers. Each one had a little influence on my love for music. Mrs. Millington, Miss Young, and Mr. Etter were excellent teachers who had a passion for teaching for teaching and music. I remember the end of the year musicals that we did at the high school auditorium. Mr. Etter was the choreographer and Miss Young helped with the teaching of the singing. Great memories! How can I forget singing "Food Glorious Food", or all the great Disney selections.
In Junior High, I had 3 different Chorus teachers. Each one of these individuals brought their own special quality to the program. In 7th grade we had Mrs Stephenson, 8th grade was Mr. Stevenson, and in 9th grade, Mr. Etter became the director. Of course, in band, we had the "legend", Mr. John Thompson.
In High School, both chorus and band were done by Mr. Keen. He was assisted in band by Mr. Sinnock. At that time, Canton was well known in the state of Illinois for all of their music groups (band and choir).
In College, there were so many outstanding teachers that influenced my future. While at Western Illinois University and later at Vandercook College, I was blessed to study with some of the best in the business. I am going to mention some of these great talents. Some of these included : Dale Hopper, Christopher Izzo, Dennis Johnson, Roger Collins, Robert Koper, William DeJong, Hugo Magliocco, Roland Vamos, Ann Collins, Victor Zajec, Roger Rocco, Bart Ghent, Michael Katterjohn, Ethel Merker, Bob Hills, Bruce Gardner, and many others.
In closing, I give thanks for the opportunity to learn from these great individuals.Do you remember who influenced your decision to have the type of career that you have?