“I was imagining myself playing the saxophone.”

Gilbert Zermeño grew up on the plains of West Texas. He came from a big family that didn’t have much.

At StoryCorps, Gilbert told his wife, Pat Powers-Zermeño, they got by on $100 a week that his father made working the cotton fields.

So, when Gilbert wanted to join the school band in 6th grade, his parents had to get creative.

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Recorded in Phoenix, Arizona
Music Info: "Lassa's Trombone" by The Kings of Dixieland from the album, Fat Tuesday: 50 Songs for Mardi Gras.
Produced by Jasmyn Belcher
Facilitated by Anna Berlanga
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