BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Allen Thompson first discovered his love for music on the New England Music camp in Maine. From there, he carried that to varsity at Ithaca, the place his affect on music in New York started to take form.
“We have been in school collectively. We performed in band till Walter Bailer. Then we went our separate methods after which I got here to Binghamton in ’62 and Al was already right here then,” stated retired Binghamton Metropolis Faculty District music trainer and former colleague of Thompson’s, Conrad Ross.
Thompson was closely concerned in concert events and orchestra teams all through Binghamton. His greatest influence was felt within the Binghamton Metropolis Faculty District, the place he taught for 35 years.
College students referred to as him “Coach” for all the assistance he gave them on all elements of life, and lots of by no means forgot that.
“I do know my sisters and I’ve been completely amazed with how many individuals have reached out. When he was nonetheless right here they’d attain out and visiting from California, they’d come to see him. Associates from Maine would come to see him,” stated Thompson’s daughter, Wendi Stetson.
“We had some former college students with us right here at IHOP a few weeks in the past they usually had a variety of fond recollections of him. So, he was a giant affect,” stated Ross.
His ardour for instructing unfold to his 5 daughters as nicely, a lot in order that Stetson is strictly the place her dad was all these years in the past.
“After I was employed for Binghamton, we truly labored collectively as colleagues for three years. In order that was very thrilling. To know that he labored at MacArthur for fairly just a few years and that is the place I’m, it’s been a very wonderful journey,” stated Stetson.
Thompson made an influence on these he taught along with his ardour —
“Hopefully they’ll have the ability to feed again on these ideas and he helped lots of people have that feeling that the humanities are essential,” stated Stetson.
— and it’s a ardour that may proceed to be handed on at MacArthur and past.
Lots of Thompson’s former college students and colleagues nonetheless collect on Fridays to speak, catch up, and share their love for the factor that introduced all of them collectively, music.