Lloyd McCausland
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Lloyd McCausland

Lloyd “Butch” McCausland died on January 26, 2021 due to complications of COVID 19. McCausland graduated from Milford, Mass. high school, where he performed in the band and played football. During high school he worked on the family farm and at the McCausland meat market. Upon graduation, he attended the New England Conservatory, graduating with…

Ralph Peterson, Jr.
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Ralph Peterson, Jr.

Jazz drummer and bandleader Ralph Peterson Jr. died March 1, 2021, of complications from cancer. He was 58. Peterson was born on May 20, 1962 in New Jersey. His father and uncles were drummers, and Ralph started playing at age 3. He also played trumpet in his high school band. He first played drums in…

Ronald James Barnett
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Ronald James Barnett

Ronald James Barnett died on June 30, 2021. He played percussion for 57 summer seasons (1965-2016) with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, and taught percussion to students at the Chautauqua School of Music from 1965–2013. He had full-time positions as timpanist at the Kennedy Center’s Opera and Ballet Orchestra from 1971–2000, and taught percussion at the…

Charlie Watts
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Charlie Watts

June 2, 1941 – August 24, 2021By Rick Mattingly “There’s an undefinable thing about drummers,” Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards told me in 1989 during the band’s Steel Wheels tour. “A lot of cats have good hands, and might be making all the right moves, and playing incredible paradiddles and shit, but it’s like the…

Christopher Deane
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Christopher Deane

Christopher Deane, who served as Professor of Percussion at the University of North Texas College of Music for the past 21 years, died on October 9, 2021. Deane held performance degrees from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He studied with James Massie Johnson, former principal…

Lionel “Billy” Moore
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Lionel “Billy” Moore

After a lingering illness, Lionel “Billy” Moore made his final transition on November 16, 2021. This is now a time for us to pause and experience peace and personal reflections. His wife of 55 years and his family extends their heartfelt thanks to each one for your prayers and memorable thoughts. Billy Moore has “Lived…