Eastman - Rochester New Horizons Music
The Birthplace of New Horizons. Founded in 1991 by Dr. Roy Ernst, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
I was born and grew up in a typical small-town Norman Rockwell type environment in Western Kentucky. Fortunately, we had an extraordinarily fine music program in our school, and I started learning to play the clarinet at an early age. I played through the High School years, but music abruptly came to a halt, due to my entering the Air Force as an Aviation Cadet immediately following graduation.
World War II was raging at that time, and I could hardly wait to get into action having been intensely interested in aviation. After graduating from Aviation Cadet School, and becoming an officer and pilot in the Air Force, I was assigned to duty with the 8th Air Force in England, as pilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress, and flew 31 combat missions over Germany.
I remained in the Air Force Reserve after the war ended, while attending Purdue University, where I resumed playing music in the Purdue Concert Band and of course the Marching Band. Helen and I were married right after graduation, a marriage that lasted 61 years until her death in 2010.
After attending Harvard University for graduate study and a Masters Degree, Helen and I came to Rochester in 1951, where I worked at Kodak for thirty-five years, retiring in 1986.
About five years later, Roy Ernst, created a work of sheer genius, the New Horizons Band. I soon got on board and consider it to be a prime factor in my enjoyment of life today. I also spend a great deal of time volunteering for numerous institutions in this area.
Special thanks to Alan Woy for taking our Clarinet Choir to new heights we would never have believed possible.