Mom was also a fan of Dixieland jazz and like Dad, ineligible
to fight in the Korean War. I asked her about her early musical
I changed to LAS after realizing a music career was not for me. Your Uncle Don, your Dad and I occasionally would play together for fun - Don on the trombone, me on the piano and Dad on his string bass. At this time, Don lived in Villa Park and we were in Lombard. Don (as a younger person) also took piano lessons and played trombone in the school bands. I still have the beginner's piano books I used and a set of flash cards to learn various music symbols and terms. Also have much of the music - both books and sheet music; just nothing to play it on!
If you mean Grandma and Grandpa Bender, as far as I can remember, Grandpa (Leon Bender) played the accordion and taught himself. Grandma (Esther Bender) took piano and clarinet lessons when young and played in the Allerton Orchestra. Aunt Faye and Uncle Fram both played violin in this orchestra too. There used to be a photo of this orchestra but I don't know if Grandma gave it to the Allerton Historic Museum. She had once mentioned that she was going to give all the Allerton stuff to it.
Your Grandma Davis taught piano for many years in the living room at their house in Elmhurst She also played piano in the Elmhurst Symphony for many years. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and after graduation, took classes at a Conservatory (I think in Chicago). Her father was the minister at one of the Oak Park Congregational churches at this time and she lived with them. During this time, she met Grandpa Davis and they were married 12/31/27. Grandma may have given you some lessons on the piano at some time but nothing on a regular basis.” As I recall, I attempted to teach both you and Greg the piano …without success”.
In our second
house in Lombard, 226 Ash St., we had a baby grand piano in
the living room - "Teaching Little Fingers to Play".
I must have been about six or 7. I can picture myself sitting
on the piano bench, but I was much more interested in how
the White Sox or Blackhawks were faring.