George Comstock has been playing recorders since he was a high school student in Niagara Falls, N.Y. A rich man who was interested in the instrument bought the recorders and formed a quartet to play "soft music" at civic functions - perhaps the first in the country, Comstock said.
He sought out the recorder and opportunities to with other musicians wherever his medical research took him - from Alaska to Georgia. A Johns Hopkins researcher in the county since 1962, Comstock directed the Washington County Training Center for Public Health Research.
He has played with the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts Recorder Consort since its beginning 25 years ago.
His final performance with the ensemble will be Sunday, May 23, at the museum.
"I guess this will be my swan song," he said. Practicing takes time, and Comstock, 89, said he has many other things he wants to do, reviewing manuscripts for medical journals among them.