Alex Tenentes – LaJolla, CA writes:
Editor’s note: When I received this first message from Alex in April 2009, I was completely overwhelmed and humbled by what he had to say. The point being that one never knows exactly who, when, or how you might have touched or influenced someone else’s life, in this case over fifty-three years ago. It blessed me beyond measure and continues to do so. In fact, his words were the main force behind my decision to return to the trumpet after many decades of musical frustration. I am now on a great adventure with my new Bach Stradivarious trumpet and my goal is to eventually play in our church’s brass ensemble.
I can remember wanting to play just like Robert Bjork could. Man was he great on the trumpet.
Thank you Alex…
OH, MY GOD, ARNOLD!! YOU WERE MY IDOL AND I TRIED TO COPY YOU. I, LIKE YOU, TOOK TRUMPET LESSONS FROM BOB FARRELL, ROSE TO BECOME SOLO TRUMPETER IN HIGH SCHOOL, AND WAS THE TRUMPET SOLOIST FOR THE BROOKLYN BOROUGH BAND UNDER MR. DELVECCHIO. IN COLLEGE, I ALSO, PLAYED SOLO TRUMPET, AND AFTER MY STINT IN THE AIR FORCE, WENT TO JULLIARD SCHOOL OF MUSIC WHERE I INTENSIFIED MY TRUMPETING. AFTER GRADUATING FROM JULLIARD, I DID A BRIEF STINT WITH THE BOSTON POPS ORCHESTRA, AND CUT A RECORD PLAYING “A TRUMPETER’S LULLABY,” AND THE “TRUMPET CONCERTO IN E FLAT.”
I REMEMBER YOU AS A YOUNG TRUMPETER AT KALLMAN, AND THAT IS WHY I TOOK UP THE TRUMPET……
I WANTED TO BE AS GOOD AS ARNOLD DAHL.
I REMEMBER YOU, JOHN AND YOUR SWEET MOM WHO WAS ALWAYS GENTLE WITH ME AND MY BROTHER PUGGY. MY NAME IS……ALEX TENENTES, AND MY BROTHER AND I WERE AT KALLMAN FROM 1954 THROUGH 1957. MY HOUSE PARENT WAS MR. LOCKWOOD, BUT I STARTED OUT WITH MR. AND MRS. COLBY, WHO HAD THAT APARTMENT DOWN THE HILL.
I PLAYED STICKBALL WITH EDDIE AND WALTER BACH FOR YEARS AFTER WE WERE OUT OF KALLMAN. WE PLAYED RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FROM KALLMAN IN THE P.S. 185 SCHOOL YARD.
I REMEMBER CLARENCE HILL, MET HIM IN VIET-NAM, AND IN CASE YOU DID NOT KNOW, CLARENCE WAS KILLED IN ACTION SHORTLY AFTER HE ARRIVED. HE HAD A HEART OF GOLD AS BIG AS HE WAS.
I REMEMBER FREDDY, TONY, AURORA, AND ANITA PEREZ, NILS OLAFFSSON, JAMES AND PATRICK HERMES, TINA MANEELY,
LORRAINE HEGALAND, SAM AND PAT FOGLER, RALPH ANNUNZIATTA, JIMMY PETERSON, RICHARD WISE, WHOM I REMAINED FRIENDS WITH FOR YEARS AFTER WE LEFT KALLMAN, HIS BROTHER, ARTHUR, DAVID SUOMINEN, AL; DIETZ, AND SOME OF THE GIRLS IN THE BAND.
I’M MARRIED FOR 30 YEARS, HAVE 4 GROWN CHILDREN, LIVE IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, AND WILL NOT RETIRE!!!
ARNOLD, LET ME HEAR FROM YOU.