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Carrie Snyder, Published August 29 2011

Portraits: R. Tracy Myers

R. Tracy Myers can play a tune. The retired contractor volunteers his time playing Dixieland, jazz and blues music at area assisted-living centers under the name “An Old Guy With a Clarinet.” “I’m 79; that’s where the old guy comes in,” Myers said. Myers learned the clarinet in grade school and continued to play through his years in the Navy. But around 1950, life took over, and the clarinet was put away. After 55 years, he stumbled upon his clarinet in his house. “I found it in the closet and found I like to practice,” Myers said. “In retirement, it’s been just a godsend.” Myers’ program is designed to have the audience interact and joke around. “I can see the people in the audience forget about where they are

at for an hour, and that’s kind of neat,” Myers said.