Layne Redmond
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Layne Redmond

By Rick Mattingly Frame drummer Layne Redmond died on October 28, 2013. She was known for her virtuoso abilities on tambourine and her authorship of the influential book When the Drummers Were Women, and she also produced a number of recordings and instructional videos. Born in 1952 in Florida, Redmond attended art school, first at…

Jerry Steinholtz
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Jerry Steinholtz

Percussionist and educator Jerry Steinholtz died on Dec. 7,2013 at age 76. Steinholtz played live and recorded with such studiodrummers and percussionists as Emil Richards, Harvey Mason, Peter Erskine, JohnGuerin, Joe Porcaro, Steve Schaeffer, Larry Londin, Ralph Humphrey, EarlPalmer, Louie Bellson, Chester Thompson, Roy McCurdy, Buddy Rich, and MelLewis, just to name a few. He…

Sam Ulano
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Sam Ulano

Drummer, teacher, and author Sam Ulano died on January 2, 2014 at age 93. Ulano started playing drums at age 13 and studied with Alfred Freize and Fred Albright. By age 17 Ulano was teaching drums. He spent four years playing in an Army band and then attended the Manhattan School of Music. He began…

Chico Hamilton
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Chico Hamilton

Foreststorm ”Chico” Hamilton, who played an integral role in the formation of the West-Coast-based “cool jazz” style of the 1950s, died on November 25, 2013 at age 92. Born in 1921, Hamilton began working professionally with such musicians as Dexter Gordon, Illinois Jacquet, and Charles Mingus while still in high school. He toured with Lionel…

Jim Preiss
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Jim Preiss

James Lee Preiss, a long-time member and principal percussionist of the American Composers Orchestra and the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and a founding member of the Westchester Philharmonic, died on Jan. 21, 2014 at age 72. He also performed with the Riverside Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the American Symphony Orchestra. A founding member of…

Theodore Frazeur
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Theodore Frazeur

We are saddened to report the death of Theodore Frazeur, on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Professor Frazeur, or “Ted,” was Professor of Percussion at SUNY Fredonia from 1960 until his retirement in 1993. The family has asked that those wishing to honor Ted please consider making a donation to the Frazeur Percussion Scholarship held at…

Steve Weiss
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Steve Weiss

Steve Weiss, who served the percussion community for over 50 years as owner of Steve Weiss Music, a shop that specialized in percussion instruments and music, died on April 21, 2014, after a long illness.  His shop became known for its extensive inventory of hard-to-find world percussion instruments and percussion music, as well as for…

Chuck Silverman
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Chuck Silverman

Noted musician, author and educator Chuck Silverman died on May 1, 2014.  After studying musicology at UCLA, Silverman became known as a specialist in applying Afro-Caribbean rhythms to the drumset, and he organized many trips to Cuba at which drummers and percussionists could study Cuban music first-hand. Three of his books, Practical Applications 1, 2…

James L. Moore
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James L. Moore

Dr. James L. Moore, who founded Percussive Notes magazine and served as its editor from 1962–80, died on June 12, 2014. Born May 2, 1934, Moore held degrees from the University of Michigan and The Ohio State University. From 1964–92 Dr. Moore was head of percussion studies at The Ohio State University School of Music….

Wendell R. Jones
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Wendell R. Jones

Wendell R. Jones, Bowling Green State University’s first full-time percussion faculty member, died June 17, 2014 at age 82. He was widely known throughout Ohio as an advocate for music education, particularly percussion instruments. He excelled at playing marimba and vibraphone and performed as a soloist with several ensembles as well as his own Wendell…