What a guy!

DAVID caricature, letter 004-A

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:

clarinets-A and Bflat 001-A

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!

10 Responses to “What a guy!”

  1. Christine Says:

    Nice to learn more about David!

  2. DeniseinVA Says:

    It was fun to read how you met David. I didn’t realize he was an accomplished musician.

  3. honoluluaunty91 Says:

    Music brought you together, how very nice!

  4. Olga Says:

    It sounds as though you two are alike enough to enjoy activities together, different enough to keep interested and interesting.

  5. Carole Says:

    What an interesting story! So glad that the two of you found each other 🙂

  6. Linda Starr Says:

    my goodness David was very persistent studying and looking for work and a career path

  7. Tom Sightings Says:

    Nice to learn a little more about him. And since I know a couple of friends of our kids who are trying to become accountants, I know how impressive it is that he passed the CPA exam on his first attempt!

  8. DJan Says:

    Very nice tribute to your husband, Gigi. 🙂

  9. Beatrice Says:

    A nice how-we-met story included in the background information on David and his career and love of music. And, glad that his instruments found a new owner who is surely enjoying and using them.

  10. joared Says:

    Interesting to know about music bringing you together. There was a mutual music attraction between my husband and I, though he was the professional in AFof M, and playing was an avocation for him. Musicians often held what they called “real jobs” in other professions.

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