After high school he started a small band with two of his cousins. They called themselves the Hawaiian Harmonizers.
My dad is on the left
This trio traveled from Sullivan, Ohio to Mansfield, Ohio every Saturday morning and had a half-hour radio show.
At one point in time dad could play the guitar and the harmonica at the same time. His harmonica was attached to a "stand" around his neck. He also sang along with it.
Dad never got to finish his musical education. His parents were farmers and could not afford to help him with his tuition. He left Chicago and returned to Ohio. He worked for the Ashland Rubber factory making balloons. It was a very hot and sweaty job. There were large vats of ammonia that the balloons were dipped in and out of. Even though my dad has no sense of smell, he could tell the presence of ammonia. From there he moved to factory work, helping to make axles for cars and finally as a gear machinist.
In 1939 he married my mother and in 1942 I was their firstborn child. Three more childen were added to the family over the years.
Dad has taught many individuals how to play music over the years both in Ohio and in Arizona where he now resides. He has played for numerous dance bands including square dance bands in the 1950's. He has been a church organist for several churches. He has played in restaurants and coffee houses. He has had 2 music stores
At the age of 95 he was still playing organ for a coffee shop in Prescott, Arizona.
Dad will be 98 years old on January 2. He isn't playing music these days, but he has fond memories of the times that he did. He had a cousin that lived to be 106 and she was still teaching music at the age of 100. I hope I inherit those longevity genes!