Notation Software Community Users' StoriesFred Winterling, Saxophone player
Fred began his musical career early in life, and his first composition "Saxophone Rock", is related to the story of how his saxophone prowess led to his marriage to wife Patsy.
Fred played saxophone in many bands for many years, in the company of excellent musicians. He and his wife Patsy raised four children, and then fourteen foster children. He worked at an automobile dealership to provide for his large family. He showed that he really did love his family more than his music by the following anecdote:
I had hours and hours of reel to reel tapes of my band from the 50's and 60's that could have provided me with the inspiration and ideas I could use now, but I looked out the window about 40 years ago and saw my kids had used the tapes to wrap around all the shrubbery to make their own fence. Then they proceeded to run through them before I could get out there (yes, they are still alive...miraculously)
Fred was a prolific and talented composer of many genres of music - he had set himself the task of trying his hand at as many genres as he possibly could, and expressed himself well in all that he tried. He began composing as a teenager with a song he named "Saxophone Rock", which he described as "three chords and a cloud of dust". His composition "Funky Salsa", a "south of the border funk", was rated #1 on the "American Idol" website. He also found that music helped him express himself, such as his orchestral ballad "Dreams Come True", which he wrote for his wife Patsy to celebrate some good news regarding her health. Fred was also a great encourager of other folks in the forum who have shared their music as well. He was always expressing a kind word, or a good musical suggestion, and did it with a humility which belied his personal experience as a professional musician of the highest caliber.
Fred passed away January 28, 2008, but it was very obvious that right up to the end, Fred was really enjoying making music. He was a tremendous inspiration for us all.