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Mar 25, 2019 11:19:48   #
markngolf (a regular here)
 
My younger grandson is in the 7th/8th grade jazz band. I gave him my 1951 (Bronx NY) Bach Stradivarius trumpet after having it professionally cleaned. Last Friday, the band entered a jazz band competition. They won the Gold award for best band and awarded best trumpet solo (not him), best trombone and rhythm sections. I cannot adequately express the joy I felt when he texted me about the competition. They are really good - I saw them perform at the winter concert last Feb.

He also had his head shaved, for the 9th consecutive year, at the St. Baldrick's Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research Charity. He received a special award for raising over $4000 this year and $35,000+ over the nine years of participation.

Here are a few photos from getting his head shaved this year. I'm so proud of him. He's also on a path to become an Eagle Scout and will play lacrosse this year. He is busy!! He's really a "neat" kid!! Credit to his Mom (my daughter) & Dad. His Dad has his head shaved every year too and helps organize the fundraiser as does my daughter. I included a photo of Dad.
Thanks for viewing.
Mark


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Mar 25, 2019 11:24:05   #
PixelStan77 (a regular here)
 
markngolf wrote:
My younger grandson is in the 7th/8th grade jazz band. I gave him my 1951 (Bronx NY) Bach Stradivarius trumpet after having it professionally cleaned. Last Friday, the band entered a jazz band competition. They won the Gold award for best band and awarded best trumpet solo (not him), best trombone and rhythm sections. I cannot adequately express the joy I felt when he texted me about the competition. They are really good - I saw them perform at the winter concert last Feb.

He also had his head shaved, for the 9th consecutive year, at the St. Baldrick's Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research Charity. He received a special award for raising over $4000 this year and $35,000+ over the nine years of participation.

Here are a few photos from getting his head shaved this year. I'm so proud of him. He's also on a path to become an Eagle Scout and will play lacrosse this year. He is busy!! He's really a "neat" kid!! Credit to his Mom (my daughter) & Dad. His Dad has his head shaved every year too and helps organize the fundraiser. I included a photo of Dad.
Thanks for viewing.
Mark
My younger grandson is in the 7th/8th grade jazz b... (show quote)


You should be very proud which I am sure you are.Thanks for sharing.
How about next year you shave your mustache?

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Mar 25, 2019 11:29:19   #
markngolf (a regular here)
 
PixelStan77 wrote:
You should be very proud which I am sure you are.Thanks for sharing.
How about next year you shave your mustache?


That will never happen, Stan. I did have my head shaved in 2013. No one seemed to notice. I never understood why
Mark

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Mar 25, 2019 12:03:53   #
AndyH (a regular here)
 
Someone's raising them right. Props to your SiL and Grandson.

By the way, your Son in Law could pass for me at that age - right down to the more extensive beard that I wore back then, in the days when there was still pepper among the salt.

Handsome devil...

Andy

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Mar 25, 2019 12:13:43   #
EyeShootWideOpen
 
markngolf wrote:
My younger grandson is in the 7th/8th grade jazz band. I gave him my 1951 (Bronx NY) Bach Stradivarius trumpet after having it professionally cleaned. Last Friday, the band entered a jazz band competition. They won the Gold award for best band and awarded best trumpet solo (not him), best trombone and rhythm sections. I cannot adequately express the joy I felt when he texted me about the competition. They are really good - I saw them perform at the winter concert last Feb.

He also had his head shaved, for the 9th consecutive year, at the St. Baldrick's Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research Charity. He received a special award for raising over $4000 this year and $35,000+ over the nine years of participation.

Here are a few photos from getting his head shaved this year. I'm so proud of him. He's also on a path to become an Eagle Scout and will play lacrosse this year. He is busy!! He's really a "neat" kid!! Credit to his Mom (my daughter) & Dad. His Dad has his head shaved every year too and helps organize the fundraiser as does my daughter. I included a photo of Dad.
Thanks for viewing.
Mark
My younger grandson is in the 7th/8th grade jazz b... (show quote)


Wow! What a great kid and wonderful story. Thanks for sharing and what a great future he has!

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Mar 25, 2019 12:16:36   #
markngolf (a regular here)
 
AndyH wrote:
Someone's raising them right. Props to your SiL and Grandson.

By the way, your Son in Law could pass for me at that age - right down to the more extensive beard that I wore back then, in the days when there was still pepper among the salt.

Handsome devil...

Andy


Thanks for the very kind words, Andy!
I love pepper and salt beards. Mine is just very salty now!!
Mark

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Mar 25, 2019 12:19:37   #
markngolf (a regular here)
 
EyeShootWideOpen wrote:
Wow! What a great kid and wonderful story. Thanks for sharing and what a great future he has!


Thank you for the kind words. I'm obviously partial, but he really is a great kid!!
Mark

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Mar 25, 2019 17:29:58   #
dancers (a regular here)
 
of course you are proud to have such a terrific lad in your family.!!! My next door neighbour had her head shaved too...........very brave for a 40ish lady!

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Mar 25, 2019 18:01:34   #
UTMike (a regular here)
 
You have every reason to be proud, Mark!

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Mar 25, 2019 19:31:38   #
markngolf (a regular here)
 
UTMike wrote:
You have every reason to be proud, Mark!


Thanks, Mike!
Mark

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Mar 25, 2019 19:32:33   #
markngolf (a regular here)
 
dancers wrote:
of course you are proud to have such a terrific lad in your family.!!! My next door neighbour had her head shaved too...........very brave for a 40ish lady!


Thank you.
Mark

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Mar 26, 2019 07:15:58   #
foathog (a regular here)
 
Looks more like a crew cut. I think I would have said "sheared" not "shaved". I was expecting to see a bald kid. LOL

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Mar 26, 2019 07:53:23   #
traderjohn (a regular here)
 
markngolf wrote:
My younger grandson is in the 7th/8th grade jazz band. I gave him my 1951 (Bronx NY) Bach Stradivarius trumpet after having it professionally cleaned. Last Friday, the band entered a jazz band competition. They won the Gold award for best band and awarded best trumpet solo (not him), best trombone and rhythm sections. I cannot adequately express the joy I felt when he texted me about the competition. They are really good - I saw them perform at the winter concert last Feb.

He also had his head shaved, for the 9th consecutive year, at the St. Baldrick's Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research Charity. He received a special award for raising over $4000 this year and $35,000+ over the nine years of participation.

Here are a few photos from getting his head shaved this year. I'm so proud of him. He's also on a path to become an Eagle Scout and will play lacrosse this year. He is busy!! He's really a "neat" kid!! Credit to his Mom (my daughter) & Dad. His Dad has his head shaved every year too and helps organize the fundraiser as does my daughter. I included a photo of Dad.
Thanks for viewing.
Mark
My younger grandson is in the 7th/8th grade jazz b... (show quote)


It looks like he is on the right path. It's amazing what a solid family environment can inspire.

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Mar 26, 2019 07:55:15   #
FrankR
 
Grandpa isn’t too proud or anything like that, naah. 😊 Great story and clearly a great kid. Besides you Mark, who is his biggest influence as a trumpet player?

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Mar 26, 2019 08:08:50   #
aschweik
 
Love to see kids like him! Too many kids aren't doing much of anything. And you have one that has learned giving back to the community in his scouting activities and charity events. Plus has other varied interests like music and lacrosse. Lacrosse is an awesome sport. Just be prepared for a lot of whacking each other with sticks...which is why my son wanted to play. My daughter plays but girls rules don't allow whacking with sticks, much to her dismay. Thanks for sharing your awesome grandson with us! And thanks to his great parents for making a great kid!

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