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  • When I was in third grade, I got up on the stage and I did my Elvis Presley impression

  • and I sang "Hound Dog".

  • And the girls in the fourth grade started screaming.

  • And I said to myself there something going on here.

  • This is kind of cool if the girls in the fourth grade are screaming for a kid in the third grade.

  • I got to realize that being a musician is almost a form of wizardry or sorcery or alchemy.

  • There's a magic to it which is difficult to really explain, but it impacts people pretty

  • much the same way all over the world.

  • Everybody has an emotional response, a passionate response to music whether they like what they're

  • hearing or they don't.

  • It has a huge impact.

  • And no matter what culture you're from, everybody reacts to music.

  • Everybody loves music or has a strong emotion when hearing music, and it made for an interesting life.

  • There was a teacher in my high school, in Hicksville High School, during my high school years who

  • was a chorus teacher who was probably the best teacher I ever had.

  • He made music history very interesting.

  • And he made even chorus fun and interesting.

  • And one day he told me that I should consider becoming a professional musician.

  • This is when I was still in high school, 10th grade, 11th grade.

  • And for a teacher, an adult, to tell me that was, you know, very, very important.

  • Most of my friends thought it was kind of a silly idea to become a musician.

  • I mean nobody where I came from became a professional musician.

  • People either went into the service or they went to college or they went and got a job

  • in a factory and that was the end of that.

  • But this teacher wanted me to consider being a professional musician.

  • And that was an epiphany.

  • It was a real eye-opener.

  • I like to do master classes.

  • I like to be a teacher when I can be.

  • I actually wanted to be a teacher at a young age, but my path went somewhere else.

  • But it gave me the opportunity later in life to do master classes at colleges, at schools.

  • And I've been doing it for years.

  • I quite enjoy it.

  • There is a lot that I have up here that I'd like to pass along just to help people avoid

  • making the same mistakes I made. Because there was no book,

  • there was no course in how to be in the music business.

  • And there's all kinds of traps and difficulties you can run into.

  • And I managed to survive a lot of that just by my own wits or luck, whatever you want

  • to call it.

  • And I always wanted to be able to help people to avoid, you know, those same pitfalls.

  • And that's why I do master classes.

  • I still, to this day, do them.

  • Well, I think it's very, very important to have arts education in school, in public schools.

  • In public education, the first things to go when the budget gets tight are the art classes

  • and the music classes.

  • They usually keep the athletic stuff, but who is going to nurture all the young musicians

  • who have no other recourse to education?

  • Who is going to nurture artistic people?

  • I think it's necessary to reach down and start at a very, very young age.

  • So, to me, that's probably one of my most important interests.

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