Stories

A collection of story submissions from current and former students, colleagues, bandmates, friends and family, and anyone else who has connected with Mr. O over the years.  Submit your story!

 

Isla Brownlow

“We came in 2nd place at the Berkelee Jazz Festival... I just remember we were ...
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Catherine Nevin

“Music has opened doors for me that I did not even know to look for, ...
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Kim Jones

"During the awards ceremony, it was announced that I received the outstanding saxophone soloist award...I ...
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Rich Johnston

"Mr. O. helped me (and undoubtedly thousands of kids over the years) through tough times ...
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James Hildebrand

"He is an educator and mentor of incomparable passion. He always made me want to ...
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Samantha (Stanko) Jones

"Music woke me up. It opened my life to art of all kinds, deeper thought, ...
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Darby Fleming

"His dismay at thinking he had disappointed the kids and their tremendous outpouring of affection ...
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Grace Bugbee

"I've known Mr. O for a very long time. Looking back, he kinda feels like ...
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Elizabeth Jones

"Mr. O saw something in me that I never saw in myself. He saw potential, ...
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Jay McKenney

"My connection to Mr O starts waaaaay back in 1974... he came to Ft. Fairfield ...
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Kara van Emmerik

"Through Mr. O's faith in my voice, I built up the courage to audition for ...
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Ramsay Williamson

"Four years of jazz band, countless nights from the bleachers at basketball games and many ...
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Jackson Billings

"As we stepped on stage for our last performance we were all nervous but Mr ...
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Margaret Nevin

"When I was a freshman in high school, Mr. O was gone quite a bit ...
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Christine Howe Black

"It was his approach that earned him respect of all students, despite ability or interest, ...
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Katie Goodwin (Stafford)

"He was just always so hyped for music even at 8am in the morning and ...
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Mary Danielson (Prescott)

"Mr. O is the kind of person that always brightens your day. There's no way ...
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Rowan Waring

"Name a more iconic duo than Mr. O and instilling love for music, I'll wait." ...
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Hannah Billings

"He was trying to mimic how happy we made his heart and the how quickly ...
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Matty Harris

"I remember one day talking with him in his office. We were chatting about John ...
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Kate Durost

"During the district jazz festival at Ellsworth High School one year... we were playing and ...
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Molly (Gross) Varnum

"I had the pleasure of being with Mr. O for my 4 years and my ...
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Joey Mitchell

"Music has allowed me to meet so many new and amazing people, and has inspired ...
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Maya Sealander

"Mr. O was my band teacher, as well as my jazz combo and jazz band ...
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Sam Hodgkin

"Some of our percussion section were goofing off...Mr. O finally had enough and...snapped his baton ...
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Yvonne Rogers

"Being a musician requires that you believe in yourself and take care of yourself. These ...
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Quinn Stabler

"Mr. O has been my band teacher for the past 4 years and I’m super ...
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