Pete Fountain's New Orleans and Swing Low Sweet Clarinet 

These were the next two albums that came into my possession on my journey of discovering Pete Fountain. I was in 10th grade by now and still taking lessons and listening to Pete. A trombone player in the high school band decided to put together a band and asked me if I was interested in playing, and I said that I was. So, one weekend he had a drummer, trumpet player, tuba player, and me come over to his house. His dad joined us on piano and we played out of the old "Combo-Orks" books. I didn't know…

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A Taste of Honey and Licorice Stick Pete Fountain 

These were the titles of the next two Pete Fountain albums that my parents bought for me. These albums had the clarinet out in front the whole time with a beautiful big sound. I couldn't listen to them enough! My dad would put those two records on one of those phonographs with a record changer, and I would listen to both sides. It must have kept my dad busy making sure that the music didn't stop for long when he had to flip them. I think those records became worn through, but I still have them today…

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My First Pete Fountain Record 

I began playing the clarinet at the age of 10. My mother chose the clarinet for me because my older sister played violin, and my mother thought that the clarinet was an easier instrument. (After playing for 45 years now, I know that the clarinet is not easy.) One day my mother took me to a music store to pick out a clarinet. I was thrilled to look at it and touch the keys. Soon, I began taking private lessons. I really didn't know what I was doing, but I diligently worked at the exercises. At times my…

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