“I’m not sure I can even play anymore. It hasn’t been out of the case in a long time – it’s pretty heavy.”
These were some of the comments resident Bob Gallagher made when Katie, our LEC, asked him to play some of his once-famous jazz saxophone music for a recent Happy Hour.
Since he showed little or no interest, Katie didn’t want to push him and let the subject drop. However, the following Wednesday, she looked up from pouring flavored pretzels into a bowl and there was Bob, with a big smile on his face. In his hand he carried a worn but shiny saxophone.
Soon, the residents were calling out requests which he played with ease. Everyone enjoyed his beautiful and soothing songs as was displayed with their toe-tapping and singing — he had captivated his audience. Several visitors heard the music and stopped by to listen and were soon joining in the fun also.
Bob plays many woodwind instruments and has played in several bands over the years.
Great job, Bob! We are looking forward to having you entertain us again soon!
by Karen Barchent
Resident Bob Gallagher plays music from his days as saxophone player in a jazz band
Bob, center, playing clarinet as a young serviceman during WWII in 1943 at Camp Walters, Texas.