In addition to selling instruments, playing those instruments has played a role in all three Jamiesons’ lives.
Arthur was not only a band director, he was a working musician, his son said.
“He played with the Catskill Symphony and the Oneonta Community Band and various dance bands and square-dance bands, Larry said. “He played anything and everything.”
Larry plays the steel guitar in Country Express, a long-running fixture on the regional country music scene. The playing of music hasn’t skipped the new generation either. Larry’s younger son, Danny, plays rhythm guitar and sings in a local band called Cardboard Cutouts. His daughter, middle child Lauren, now lives near Buffalo and plays bass clarinet in a German band. Nate studied musical theater at SUNY New Paltz. Since moving back he has picked right up with his old choir at United Presbyterian Church in Walton.
“I’m a vocalist, and I play the euphonium, and I play the guitar adequately,” Nate said.
“We’re going to teach him the other instruments before I leave,” Larry said.