BEHIND THE LIGATURE

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Excerpts from Behind The Ligature, my Autobiography

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BEHIND THE LIGATURE:

The life of a freelance performing artist behind the Ligature and around the world! Volume One BEHIND THE LIGATURE Jere Douglas Clarigeek Inc

THOUGHTS:

I’m Happy with my life! As I reflect on the people I have had the honor of being around, I stand in Awe At the Might and Power of God In my life! To be considered by some To be from the dregs of society, God put me in the lives of many And gave me the power To help them achieve their dreams also! THOUGHTS

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After all, What more can a person ask In this life, Than to be an inspiration to others. My past, My present, My future, My soul and spirit Will live on. When I pass from this world, With great joy and peace Knowing, many more will be able to achieve Their very dreams And fulfill others with their spirits and souls, Because of the gifts God gave me to share with others. THOUGHTS

BEHIND THE LIGATURE:

Greetings! First off, let me tell you who I am. I am a clarinet picker from Milan, Tennessee, population 9000 on a good Saturday night, that has been around the world. I would like to offer just a snippet of my professional studies and life so we can get to know each other. BEHIND THE LIGATURE

Coming from an educational standpoint, it is not necessarily the teacher’s complete responsibility to guide each and every student to the trough of knowledge and wisdom, that responsibility lies in the laps of the parents and families of the children also, perhaps more than the teachers themselves.   My personal educational experiences are a more hands on approach than sitting in lectures about methodologies and pedagogy. There is a very old adage, “You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink!”Well, for me, I would drink, but I’m not a horse, I don’t think I am at least, but then, I had the want to know feeling about who and what I am and how I can impact myself and the world around me.  :

Coming from an educational standpoint, it is not necessarily the teacher’s complete responsibility to guide each and every student to the trough of knowledge and wisdom, that responsibility lies in the laps of the parents and families of the children also, perhaps more than the teachers themselves.   My personal educational experiences are a more hands on approach than sitting in lectures about methodologies and pedagogy. There is a very old adage, “You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink!”Well, for me, I would drink, but I’m not a horse, I don’t think I am at least, but then, I had the want to know feeling about who and what I am and how I can impact myself and the world around me.

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There is a wonderful experience in my life, studying with a great mentor, perhaps an icon of artistry and intellect, Mr. Robert Marcellus.  In many people’s eyes and in mine, was one of the greatest and most prolific of the performing artists of the day. As I ended a rather exhausting lesson experience with him (as a point of reference, the second one I had with him), he, in his unobtrusive way made the statement   “Jere, There is nothing I can teach you, you already know all there is to know.  If you ever want to learn from me, let me know, I’ll be glad to share with you my knowledge and teach you my ways of doing things.”

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At the end of 3 years of very personal and down to earth working with a colleague, Mr. Marcellus said, in his very soft and gentle way with “My Wife Marian” standing beside him, “Jere, when you came to me, you were already an accomplished musician, I just put finishing touches on you!”  I cried for 30 minutes after that statement, sitting on the floor in the music room of his summer home in Sister Bay, Wisconsin. The reality for me is, the only thing I ever auditioned for was the Marine Band, and everything else was done on a more congenial level, non-competitive.  Of course, if you ever were involved in my life during these stages, you would have seen dedication, determination and a massive growth experience.  Personally, I spent 12 to 16 hour practice and rehearsal days, performances left and right as well as managing 3 very different careers at the same time, all my life.

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These proclivities are part of the aspects of a professional artist working under a call system, good at what you do, and top of the list for every pick up orchestra in the world.  Amazing, isn't it?  Perhaps a very different understanding of the way the life of an itinerant performing artist is... When I first performed with Ray Charles in Memphis, Tennessee before 100,000 people, he actually stopped the orchestra in the rehearsal that afternoon and made the comment “That’s got to be a black clarinet player!  Well, No Sir, Mr. Charles, I’m white, but my first teacher was Robert Hodge…and his response to this statement was “Count Basie’s Lead Tenor!”   Yes Sir.  One of the best performers I ever worked with. I have shared a life with over 150 professional (Grammy and Tony award winners) in my sharing career and consider this aspect of my life as a personal gift from a much higher power than all of us.  Perhaps it is time to look at the growth value of an “education” and not at the judgmental part of Academic life. Thank You Mr. Marcellus for summing things up for me!

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What did it take to get here? Many renowned mentors and teachers A lot of hard dedicated work Extensive Travels Many Friends Success and Failure Heartache and Happiness “The Life of a Freelance Performing Artist and Teacher” BEHIND THE LIGATURE

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Robert Hodge Tony D’Andrea Pete Evans Dr. James Gholson Maestro Alan Balter Maestro Leonard Bernstein Mr. Leon Russianoff Mr. Robert Marcellus Dr. Justin Smith “And Many Others” BEHIND THE LIGATURE

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Huh? I Love A Piano? You Want Me To Sing What? Woodwinds Are My Friends How To Work With The Greats Coming Full Circle The Coda Bar and Grill Fine BEHIND THE LIGATURE COMING JANUARY 2013

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Master Classes Private Lessons Lectures Power of the Arts in Healing Power of the Arts in Education Power of the Arts in Corporate Life Arts and Community A Creative World www.jeredouglas.com Mr. Jere Douglas jere@jeredouglas.com Clarigeek Inc

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