Born: June 20
Woods cajoled piano lessons while singing harmonies with gifted siblings each Sunday, learning the art of whistling from his father, introduced to woodwinds during a third-grade music appreciation class during summer school, playing recorder, which he plays to this day. This lead to clarinet in public school bands, all the way to first-chair, first clarinet in twelfth grade Concert Band. He started at lead tenor sax a year before in the jazz ensemble ( Reno Invitational winners, 1970 ) by way of inspiration of Stan Getz, which required classical training with marching band endurance. Big-band experience occupied his teen years, with a Kenton alumni professor, which fueled hands-on experience with small self-promoted combos through college, playing blues, folk, swing, funk, Latin ensembles, creating enduring associations...
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