OXFORD – Every so often, two individuals come together in order to accomplish something amazing.
For 93-year-old Joe Renton, that something is passing down the love of music he has maintained all of his life. For 10-year-old Cora Van Kingsley, it’s learning to play the trumpet from a talented teacher and making the gift her own.
Renton, currently residing in Sidney, began playing trumpet when he was 17 and living in New York City. When he was drafted into the army in 1941, he brought his love of music with him and was selected to form a 60-piece band for the 102nd infantry division.
Unfortunately, almost as soon as the band was formed it was disbanded and the members, along with thousands of others, were sent overseas. Renton spent the next five years engaged in combat across Europe, even losing half his hearing to the war.