By: Major Kris L. Wood, Maplewood Worship & Community Center
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
For thirty five years he was an elementary school music teacher in the Ferndale, Michigan school district. He was known by everyone as Mr. Wood. He taught countless thousands the joy of music through their instruments. He tutored students in our basement studio and he mentored many great musicians through their education and on into their professional careers. To name those students would be a waste of time; literally. There are just too many to begin to list.
However, growing up in a home filled with music was a wonderful gift to me and my sisters. We never knew a day without singing, humming, whistling, brass instruments practicing or recordings playing out through the state of the art stereo system that our father always maintained to perform at it’s highest level. The emotional comfort and the strength and confidence that came from full immersion into music cannot be measured, but my sisters and I can testify to the powerful impact music has had on our lives. Music became a tool that my father used to connect with me when I was going through a difficult time in my life.