I must start by saying that this man had everything to do with my 28 years ((& counting) of playing drums as a professional, I owe him SO MUCH. I was preceded in his band classes by my two older brothers, Ric & Rob. They were both 1st chair players, & both had a ton of respect for him, also. He obviously had high expectations for me. I was usually battling for the first chair spot, or to keep it, with him always expecting nothing but my very best. Thanks to Mr. Fisher’s big heart, I was able to keep the school’s drumset at my DP home during my Junior & Senior years. That time-span is when I learned to play Rock n Roll, & could NOT have done it without his trust & support. The experiences with him @ parades, field competitions, drill team competitions in Boise, & the 6 years of band class with him, will be with me always. I loved how he could make you feel proud, or make you take possession of your shortcomings, & better them. It amazed me how he could play all of the instruments, effortlessly. Watching him march proudly alongside the marching bands all those years, with his chin held high, & a soothing smile, will be an image that will not ever fade. I was so lucky to be able to shortly chat with him & pose for a pic, last summer @ Mix Park, during Settler’s Days. I won’t be able to attend the memorial in DP…..thank you, Robert, for creating this site so I can express these things to everyone interested. God Bless you, Mr. Fisher.
- A WONDERFUL TEACHER & MENTOR, MR. FISHER
- Good Memories from Michelle Miller Petersen