MT. VERNON — —
Apostol then went to medical school, but kept music as a part of his life.
"I put the music on hold for five years, Apostol said. "But even when I was doing my residency training (in Brooklyn N.Y. and in Chicago), I had my clarinet with me."
So how did he decide to start playing the saxophone?
"It was an automatic thing, because the saxophone is also a woodwind instrument," said Apostol. "My uncle told me after the eight months of clarinet lessons that I would automatically know how to play the sax because the finger positions are very similar. I found that it was an easy transition."
But, how did he end up in the King City for all of these years?
"I practiced medicine in Chicago from 1982 until 1988," said Apostol. "Then, by October of 1988, I had bought an existing practice and was here in Mt. Vernon."
Dr. Sax said that he is welcoming his retirement. I don't think he'll have any trouble filling the hours.
"I'm going to play music for the rest of my life," Apostol said. "Barring any complications, I will come full circle back to my music again. That has always been my passion."
Next week, I'll have part two of my interview with Dr. Sax, which will include his love of karaoke singing. Who knows, you may even learn some things that you didn't know. I know that I did.
Remember Ash Bash, starting at 4 p.m. today.
Don't forget to check out: http://musicallyspeaking.mvn.net.
Don't drink and drive or text and drive.
The Illinois State Police are counting on it.