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A photo, taken at the lab school at Bemidji State Teachers College, shows sixth-grader Bill Bender on the horn, Jim Thompson on the oboe and an unidentified student on the tuba. Send an email to prall@bemidjipioneer if you can identify the youngster. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Tuba Jim

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Happy music, bass line keeps Thompson playing

Back in the day when Bemidji State University had a lab school for students and teachers in training, Jim Thompson was trying out various instruments.

 “My father (Carl O. Thompson) was head of the music department at Bemidji State and he wanted me to be a great musician,” Thompson said recently. “I tried the clarinet, oboe, string bass and the cello but never practiced very much so I didn’t get very good.

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