Caricature of David with his clarinet (1970s). Note his beard and mustache. I got him to shave it all off, as I don’t care for facial hair.
After spending six hours per day practicing his clarinet and five years pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, David finally graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1972. His goal was to become a band director in high school. However, he could not find anyone who was willing to hire him.
He returned to the University of Hawaii and took four undergraduate courses in Business, discovered he was good at it, and applied for admission to graduate school. In 1976, he graduated with an MBA in accounting and found work as a research analyst.
In 1980, David and I got married. We had met at a music rehearsal, playing our respective instruments (his clarinet and my violin), and he began taking me home after each rehearsal.
In 1982, he passed the CPA exam on his first attempt. However, he could not find work as a CPA in a public accounting firm. He later worked as a comptroller of a trucking company for twenty years and also taught night courses in accounting at a community college for ten years. He is now retired.
A few years ago, David sold his two clarinets for $1,400 to Jim Moffitt, who plays in the Hawaii Symphony:
We both enjoy listening to classical music at home and at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. On Sunday, we will attend a concert, featuring Beethoven’s Overture to Fidelio, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Schumann’s Rhenish Symphony.
David and I are very compatible. What a guy!