In Memory

Mr. John (Jack) Gelsomino



 
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11/30/10 06:15 PM #1    

Donald Greenfield (1964)

This guy was one of the best things ever to happen to Austin! He turned the band around from a loose, ragtag assemblage into the pit orchestra for Bye Bye Birdie. I wasn't personally all that fond of band music (I'm an orchestra guy), but working with Mr. Gelsomino was inspiring, and he made a difference. A real-life "Music Man" with integrity. He told me to buy my own bassoon when I left school--I did, and I still play it. Really sorry he's passed.


09/26/11 10:29 AM #2    

Marilynn (Georj) Thornburg (Grimm) (1964)

I had to have a music credit to graduate. I reluctantly took his class. Although I never joined the band, I learned enough about reading music from him that I can follow the dots and figure out the tempo.

I tried out for Bye Bye Birdie with his encouragment. He tried to talk me into being a band flag girl but I was way to uncooridnated for that.

A great man with a tough job.

05/24/15 06:47 AM #3    

William Blessing (1964)

OK, so I'm 5 years too late.  Story of my life!  I didn't even remember that Jack taught at Austin.  My sole recollection of him was from the day he helped me when I was injured at Howe playground.  A bunch of us were playing softball.  I think Jack was there because it may have been a Boy Scout activity and he was the leader.

I was playing first base.  I misjudged a throw and the ball dislocated my finger in two places.  It hurt pretty bad.  But the biggest problem for me was how it looked.  It was totally deformed at both joints.  I fainted.  Jack brought me back to conciousness and drove me to St. Ann's Hospital where they straightened out my finger (ouch!) and put a splint on it.  Then he drove me home.  

He didn't have to do anything for me.  But he did, even though he didn't know me until that day.  Great guy according to all my scouting friends.  I'll never forget him.


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