Arthur H. Jackson III 1938-1968

Birth: September 1, 1938 in Montour Falls, Schuyler County, New York.

Death: August 17, 1968 at Arnot Odgen Hospital, Elmira, Chemung, New York.

Burial Place: Montour Cemetery Montour Falls, Schuyler County, New York.

Occupation: Music Teacher / Musician


Father: Arthur H. Jackson, Jr.
Birth: February 21, 1911 in Montour Falls, Schuyler County, New York.
Death: May 24, 1985 in Montour Falls, Schuyler County, New York.

Mother: Jessie Brandow
Birth: May 26, 1904 in Bristol, Ontario County, New York.
Death: January 10, 1970 in Elmira, Chemung County, New York.


Married: Carol Josephine Clair in 1960.
Carol Josephine Clair
Birth: January 7, 1938 in Big Flats, Chemung County, New York.


1. Mark E. Jackson
Birth: July 27, 1964 in Catskill, Greene County, New York.

A Very Special Letter About Arthur H. Jackson III
(that means the world to me – Mark Jackson)

Hi Mark,

Thanks for responding to my mail a week or so ago. And thanks for posting those pictures at the Windham Historical Society page. There is one where your dad is posing with seven of us who were seniors in his band in 1965. I am the one standing next to your dad.

There have been hundreds of times over the years that I’ve wished I could call Mr. Jackson and share the experiences of the day. The mountain top was a great place to grow up. However, for all its beauty and charm, especially when I was growing up, it was very much removed from the world. I had a passion for music and playing the trombone, but didn’t know what it was about. Mr. Jackson arrived when I was in 8th grade. It was his first job out of Ithaca College. He immediately started giving. He showed me jazz, told me about symphony orchestras, gave me recordings, told me how the business and the art worked and took me on as a private student. He showed my friends and me what was going on outside the mountain top towns. Several times he loaded us into his car and took us to NYC to see the Yanks or the Mets. The big thing in jazz back then was The Dave Brubeck Quartet. More than once he took some of us to Albany when that group was appearing on tour.

Mr. Jackson showed me how to make a jump shot, throw a curve ball, and get over a broken heart. He took me with him to his Men’s bible study group. If it had not been for him I probably would not have gotten off the mountain. He helped me get into Ithaca College. Even drove me out there my Junior year and introduced me to the dean of the music school. After 4 years at IC I went into The US Army Band in Washington DC. I stayed in DC as a professional musician and instructor for a few years and then auditioned for what is now The Florida Orchestra. Thanks to Mr. Jackson I have participated in military functions with heads of state and world leaders, performed on stages with the world’s greatest musicians, and realized a dream that would seem out of the question for a kid growing up in a small country town in the 60s.

Unfortunately, I was a teenage kid when he was doing all of this for me and I did not have the emotional maturity to see the gift I was receiving. Years later, after he had passed, I realized what a monumental part he played in my life. Never got to thank him. I am very fortunate to have made contact with you because now I am able to say what needed to be said all of these years. I am sure your mother would remember me. Please share this with her and others in your family.

Again, thank you.
God Bless,
Don Zegel

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