Sam Myers in Piney Woods, Mississippi - the 1940's

from Sam Myers: The Blues is My Story, pages 26-27:

Anna Mae [Williams] brought the horn the next day and do you know, instead of just learning, I found that it was a gift that I had, to be in music. She showed me how to focus my lips on the mouthpiece; she showed me how to make the different keys and notes and how to shape my fingers. They [the school band] started playing a song called "White Heat." I messed up that one. The next one was called "Symphony C." It had a big-band sound and I almost got that one. Mr. McGilvery [the band director] said, "Well, what are we going to do next?" I hollered out, "‘The Stars and Stripes …   more >>

cite as

Jeff Horton and Sam Myers, Sam Myers: The Blues is My Story (City of Jackson, 2006), p. 26-27. accessed: 21 June, 2024

location of experience: Piney Woods, Mississippi


Sam Myers
memoirist, vocalist, Musician

Listening to

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'Symphony C' performed by Piney Woods School Band
'The Stars and Stripes Forever' performed by The Piney Woods School Band
'White Heat' performed by Piney Woods School Band

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1940's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, in public


Bluesman Sam Myers, who was partially sighted, recalling how a fellow pupil at Piney Woods School taught him how to play the trumpet when he was around 10 years old.

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 05 May 2015 13:05:38 +0100
Approved on Thu, 06 Oct 2016 13:00:01 +0100