It would be impossible for me to summarize how much this man taught me. During some of the most difficult years of my life, he managed to teach me the fundamentals of just about all winds, and encouraged me, with the piano up in the back, to learn theory. There was much more: the question why we do these things, and possible answers
My condolences to the family. I studied reeds with Mike for many years. He was lovely, gentle man with a wicked sense of humor and a tremendous gift for music. One of a kind!!
Our sincere condolences to the family of this kind, and talented man. "Mr. Lang" was a music teacher to our son Justin, providing extraordinary lessons and encouragement on the saxophone. Michael Trentalang was one of a kind and we feel blessed to have known him.
The Krusko Family
Mickey was my saxophone teacher for a couple of years while I was in high school. He was the best teacher ever, boosted my confidence and got me involved in playing in the community. He had me join the Municipal Band for one summer, and I later went to New York to study music and worked in the music business. He was an amazing musician and a wonderful friend. Before I left for college, he found me a beautiful old Selmer saxophone, and he was always genuine, and very generous with his time and effort. Twenty-five years later, I still have the horn, and though I don't play it as much as I would like, I will always carry Mickey's memory with me. I try to live by the saying on the sign that posted on the lesson room door: "Talent is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration. I find that the harder I work, the more luck I have." So sorry for your loss. They don't make people like MIckey anymore.
One of the best musicians I have ever known,but an even better man! Rest in peace Mike. We will all miss you.