"He was the epitome of any director you could ask for. I couldn't have asked for a better one," said Randal Jones of his seven years in the band with Quarles. "He was top notch, he knew his stuff."
"I remember he had a kind smile," said former student Pam Wortham Davis, who was in the band for four years. "He was very patient, very soft-spoken but he could get your attention if he needed to."
The irony is that Arnold Quarles almost decided against becoming a teacher.
His mother was an English teacher who corrected his grammar from the other end of the house. His father was a history teacher who taught him more about Medusa and Zeus than Little Red Riding Hood.
See Friday's Tribune for the complete story.