"A bugler for his Boy Scout troop in the Bronx, he went on to earn the Premier Prix in trumpet at the Paris Conservatory. He played professionally in and around New York City, but, as he told it, while crouching in a fox hole in eastern France during World War II, where he earned two Purple Hearts, he said to a buddy in the next hole, ‘If I ever get out of this alive, I’m going to find myself a small college in New England with a small music department.’"