Same Piano, Different Place
After moving to a different school district, my sons and I rented a “manager’s unit,” without being the manager, and had a roomy 3-bedroom townhouse near both schools. By this time my sons were in marching bands, Cupertino Junior High School, Homestead High School and Spirit of Sunnyvale, playing sax.
My older son become drum major for both bands and both played the sax. Intensive training and practicing led to competitions. As a volunteer in support of the public and private bands, I was thrilled to plan events and enjoyed meeting other musically-minded parents. My older son joined the Drum and Bugle Corps, Blue Devils, playing euphonium. Like my sister, my younger son eventually decided he preferred listening and collecting music rather than playing an instrument.
During this time, I decided to use the science degree I received from Michigan State University to get a better paying job, did an internship with a small stipend at Kaiser for six months and fortunately got a job in the Kaiser Cytogenetic Laboratory for the next 15 years.
I also continued to accompany my sons’ saxophone playing. You can see a sax jutting out on the right of the photo with the red, dotted-outline. I continued to play and compose to my now adolescent sons’ moaning and groaning, at times. But the music went on.