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Maury Zoto, January 2010
One of us.
Music participation with its lessons can shape lives in many ways. This is a brief overview of one gentleman’s journey.
This exploration began with this question, “When did you meet music?” The response was, “As a seventh grader in 1944 I received a clarinet for my birthday. Mr. Joe Zoto taught music one day a week at my grade school. This very patient man was able to build a band with several of us. I even remember the first piece played by this band….” The desire to improve was sparked and the life journey framed by music was on.
By my high school time Mr. Zoto had been transferred to that teaching assignment at St. Joseph’s. “I was able to play clarinet in the concert band and tenor sax in the dance band.” By my eleventh grade I played in a band that had been formed to play at outside events. Saturdays were given to practice of the group in Mr. Zoto’s garage. There would be twenty-five to thirty who would be there. “After my high school graduation I continued to play with this band. This band played at a variety of venues—park pavilions, school proms, special events. Out of this larger band a small group was formed to play at more intimate venues. At times this was a trio, other times a quartet was formed. “I found this work with the small grouping the most rewarding to me. My contributions were key in these performances.” This sense of wanting to help carry the load became a key characteristic of this man. Work with these small groupings continued for a decade, but became too much with a job, professional studies, and a family. The time investment became too expensive.
At this point have you guessed the name of this MJRC member? It is the gentleman who carries the load of scheduling our club programs—Maury Haezenbrouck. Maury is a Detroit native; he is a product of Catholic Schools in the East Side of Detroit. His high school was St. Joseph’s; his first professional education was at the Detroit Institute of Technology. Further education and licensing led to a civil engineering career. He describes his early career as being a “road builder”—doing the civil engineering associated while working for the Highway Department. He then left working in the public sector to work for a contractor. His work experience broadened and deepened. Ultimately he became Vice President at Kensington Corporation. When that company ceased operations in 1989 he began work at Hubbell, Roth and Clark. His work experience to that point gave him the broad-based background he would need as Director of Field Operations there. This was work that he found fully satisfying, work that he loved. This was an instance where his skill-set met needs. Think The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. His career with Hubbell, Roth and Clark continued until his retirement in 1999.
Shortly after the retirement he began the care of his wife, Patricia. After fifty-three years of marriage he lost his wife to lung cancer in 2007. After this loss, long-tine friends Ron and Marcia were able to recruit him for the MJRC and to share his abilities with us.
“His music” is the sound of the 1940’s and 1950’s. The Glenn Miller and the Count Basie sounds are prominent in his taste. He truly appreciates what the small groupings have to offer musically. His preferences frequently feature the tenor sax—think Ben Webster—but Lester Young is his sax man. Oscar Peterson is his favorite pianist. He truly enjoys the music of Lionel Hampton and Dave Brubeck.
Maury is the proud father of three living children. His first child was lost at age sixteen. The two sons and remaining daughter are very accomplished—a PhD metallurgist (MIT) at US Steel, a mechanical engineer with Toyota in Lexington, Kentucky, and a daughter who is a recruiting officer for a company with wide-spread locations.
This love of music is what brings us together. It has shaped lives in many ways. His is one example.