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Westerly RI Elementary School Band 1957. I was ten years old and played the B♭clarinet at the time and not very well. I had just started, give me a break. Improvement came thanks to my teacher Alfred “Squeaky” Sculco, a trumpet player who played with the Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and Harry James bands under the name of Lawrence Stearns. I am in the 3rd row third from the right with my hat circled next to my then friend Arthur Leibowitz. What’s with the cowboy hats? Did we play covers of Texas blues greats like T-Bone Walker? Jimmy Federico, a very funny extremely talented person who died much too young, is five more down to the left from me in the same row. Jim was a good basketball player who graduated from Harvard and Fordham in communications, I believe. He then went into politics. Jimmy could work a crowd very well. He was also one-on-one personable and down to earth friendly. Ah, the stories he told.