Although it has been 30 years since I graduated from ICHS, I have thought of, and referred to Mr. Cummins on many, many occasions. I cannot begin to say what I learned from him or express the gratitude for the opportunities that he gave to me and to so many students. To this day, I cherish the memories of my 4 years with the ICHS Band and especially the opportunity to go to Europe. Mr. Cummins was my favorite teacher; he was both intimidating and compassionate, and he cared about his students. He clearly left an impression on all of the people who knew him. He did not only teach us about music, he taught us to respect ourselves and others, to set our standards high and to work to reach our goals. Then there was the other side of his personality, for those of us who were lucky enough to know him well and share his sense of humor. He was a special person and will not be forgotten. Amelie (Eskelinen) Clutts
I think of Mr Cummins every time I get out my instrument - and it's because of him that, decades after college, I still do from time to time. I have him to thank not just for learning an instrument, but for learning discipline and responsibility. Some of my best memories (and stories to my kids) are of band and Mr Cummins. Rest in Peace.
Thank you Mr. Cummins for being such a wonderful musician, band director and educator. You set such high goals for us and helped us learn how to work hard to achieve them. Your memory lives on in the studios, bands, orchestras, choirs, classrooms and lives of many. Peace and blessings to your family.
I will always remember meeting Mr. Cummins when he came to Imlay City in 1958. I played the trombone and I was a girl. Not too many of those at the time. I remember how important it was for all the instruments to be in tune. I didn't realize at the time how important it was until hearing other bands out of tune at contests. I remember the drives through town when we came back from receiving straight ones at a district or state contest. We would chant "Our director is the best, Cummins, Cummins, Yes, Yes, Yes,"
Some of the funniest things that happened during my time with Mr. C, was when he was trying to get the bass drummer Tom to strike a big blow during a crescendo of a song, when he showed Tom what he wanted he put his hand through the bass drum head. Another time he was banging his baton on his music stand and it snapped off and flew into the third row. He just stood there and looked at the broken tip while the band was in stitches. Another time during a parade he walked up to me and said "watch out for that truck." I said "Why?" He said "so you don't catch you slide in the tail pipe" Yes, there were tough rehearsals but there was much fun as well. Many fond memories remain in my heart. Many of us are better people for being members of his band. Rest well, our good and faithful director.
Emily Young, Reno, Nevada '60-'64
I was never in band but had lots of respect for Mr. Cummins To my Alumni students I am sorry for your loss and Tommy Schutz I am sure he is very proud.
My sympathies to his old students and family .