If you weren't an excellent musician before you met Mr. Emerson, you were definitely excellent after. I spent 3 years with him from '80-83 when he retired, to all of our dismay. In '84, the year I graduated, the new Teacher, Jerry Willis, took over from the newly closed Pacific High school. For several years prior, we had taken home Superior ratings in all our competitions. That year, we lost our rating to Excellent and Good. That just shows you how amazing Mr. Emerson was. Rest in Peace. You are a legend and my hero, Mr. Emerson.