more than a year ago
The RoadScholar program "Ragtime, Early Tin Pan Alley and Dixeland Jazz" was vibrant and vital because the principal instructor, Tex Wyndham. He is extremely knowledgeable, but this is not the key to his teaching effectiveness. The key is his love of the material and his musicianship. This "old" music comes across as vital and vibrant as when it was new, some more than a century ago. Anyone from a novice to a performer will gain understanding and and an appreciation of this art form: American Popular Music, as presented by someone who spent his life performing it and entertaining thousands. After spending a week with Tex, I am sorry to see this music pass into oblivion for all but those few who have learned by experience or by instruction to love it. I am most appreciative that I, a Classic Music Performer, have had the opportunity to learn about it from Tex.
Richard Sohn (firstname.lastname@example.org) Horn Section, Florissant Valley Symphony Orchestra (www.fovalleyso.org)