Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cherish Our Dedicated Teachers

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cherish Our Dedicated Teachers

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Bill Zlatos wrote a wonderful story about Carl McVicker, known as "Mr. Mac," the Westinghouse High School music teacher in the 1940s and 1950s, whose students included Billy Strayhorn, Erroll Garner and Mary Lou Williams (The Next Page, "Remembering Mr. Mac," June 17). Reading it reminded me of my own high school band instructor, Marshall Brown.

He was able to whip a group of fairly talented kids into a professionally sounding high school dance band.I played clarinet and saxophone. We played on the "Today" show, we cut some records and we were invited to play at the Newport Jazz Festival. (I muffed the solo I had, much to my chagrin.)

We even were scheduled to go on a three-week playing tour of Europe. But first he had to secure permission from the local school board of Farmingdale, N. …

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