Friday, April 21, 2006
The truth about Arnold Jacobs
My college band director, George Opheim, was also my bass trombone teacher. He had a motivational story for every circumstance, like the one about his one-legged dog, Brownie, who "never gave up".
And if I ever complained that a passage was too long to play as written in one breath on my horn, he'd shame me with the fact that Arnold Jacobs, continued to play tuba in the Chicago Symphony after losing a lung to cancer.
But today I find out that Mr. Jacobs had the full set of two lungs, thank you.
So now I'm beginning to wonder if maybe Brownie was getting around with more than one leg.