Lennie DiMuzio
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Lennie DiMuzio

Leonard “Lennie” DiMuzio, longtime artist relations manager for Zildjian cymbals and most recently a consultant for Sabian, died on March 7, 2015 after a long battle with cancer.  He was born May 4, 1933 in Cambridge, Mass. After graduating high school he studied at the New England Conservatory and then the Schillinger House. He was…

Jim Coffin
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Jim Coffin

Jim Coffin, who worked for Selmer and Yamaha and was very involved with PAS, died on April 9, 2015. Born in Waterloo, Iowa in 1931, he received bachelors and masters degrees from what is now the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). After playing professionally in Los Angeles he returned to Iowa and began teaching at…

Vic Firth
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Vic Firth

Everett “Vic” Firth, longtime timpanist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, teacher at the New England Conservatory of Music, and founder of the Vic Firth drumstick company, died on July 26, 2015 at age 85. Born June 2, 1930, in Winchester, Massachusetts, and raised in Maine, Firth’s father was a successful trumpet and cornet player who…

Marshall E. Maley
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Marshall E. Maley

by Lauren Vogel Weiss Marshall Edison Maley, Jr., owner of Maley’s Music in Arlington, Virginia, died on July 28, 2015 from complications of sarcoidosis. He was an active percussion instructor and freelance musician in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, playing jazz, rock, show, and classical music. Maley had performed with the Baltimore Symphony, Eugene Fodor,…

Don Canedy
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Don Canedy

Don Canedy, one of the founders of the Percussive Arts Society, died on July 1, 2015. He began playing drums at age 10 and attended Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where he received B.S. and MMEd. degrees. He started his professional career as a band director and professor at Southern Illinois University before being hired by…

Jacques Delécluse
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Jacques Delécluse

French percussionist, teacher, and author Jacques Delécluse died on Oct. 20, 2015. Born in September 1933, Jacques was the son of Ulysse Delécluse, a famous clarinet player and teacher in France. Jacques first started to study piano, and was a very gifted pianist. He also studied percussion with Felix Passerone, principal timpanist of the Paris…

Richard “Dick” Horowitz
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Richard “Dick” Horowitz

Richard “Dick” Horowitz, retired principal timpanist of the Metropolitan Opera orchestra, died on Nov. 2, at age 91.Richard Samuel Horowitz was born in New York on Feb. 3, 1924. After graduating from the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan, Horowitz studied at Brooklyn College and the Juilliard School. He joined the Metropolitan Opera…

Tele Lesbines
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Tele Lesbines

By Gary Cook Tele Lesbines, best know for his distinguished career as timpanist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra from 1969 to 1999, died on November 9, 2015 in Milwaukee. His 30 years as timpanist with the Milwaukee Symphony included world tours and recordings with the greatest conductors of our lifetime. The Koss Classic CDs Tele…

Ed Uribe
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Ed Uribe

Drummer-percussionist, author, educator, composer, and producer Ed Uribe died on November 20, 2015. He played with a variety of artists, including Ray Barretto, Paquito D’Rivera, Randy Brecker, Gary Burton, Michel Camilo, George Coleman, Tania Maria, Donald Byrd, Dave Samuels, Angela Bofill, David Friedman, Claudio Roditi, Andy Narell, the Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabakin Orchestra, and Lionel Hampton….

Roger Schupp
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Roger Schupp

Roger Brett Schupp died on December 15, 2015 at age 55. He was Professor of Percussion and Jazz Studies at Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts in Ohio, and served on the PAS Contest and Audition Procedures Committee and Drumset Committee. He was a member of the Toledo Symphony Percussion Trio, Toledo Symphony…