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Joseph Poulin, an accomplished musician, was a violinist with the Portland Symphony and director of St. Peter's Choir. Carroll Poulin founded Carroll's School and Music Center 50 years ago and has given music lessons for brass, reed, and string instruments (50-65 per week) to countless adults and children in the community. His son, Carroll, Jr., now owns the store.

Carroll played his first dance job when he was 16 and later went on to have his own dance band, "Carroll Poulin and his Orchestra," performing at pavilions, city hall, and school dances at the Lewiston Armory. He maintains an extensive collection of musical instruments, some dating back to the Middle Ages. The instrument in this photograph is a helicon, a large bass tuba made circular for convenience when marching, and is similar to a sousaphone.

Courtesy of Carroll Poulin, Sr.

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Lewiston, Maine


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Carroll Poulin (3 months old) with father Joseph Poulin Photograph



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