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1 4 4440th A n n u a l C o n f e r e n c e INTERNATIONAL TRUMPET GUILD IN MEMORIAM 1:30pm Regency Ballroom MAY 29 2015 PROGRAM We honor all who appear in these pages Rolf Smedvig Lew Soloff & Clark Terry Basse Danse Bergeret Tylman Susato/arr. Rolf Smedvig Repertoire be drawn from: "Straight, No Chaser" Earl of Oxford's Marche William Byrd/arr. Empire Brass "Just Squeeze Me" "Summertime" "With a Song In My Heart" Marc Reese remembers Rolf "Amarilli, mis bella" from Nuove Musiche Reminiscences from Vincent DiMartino Giulio Caccini/arr. Rolf Smedvig "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess George Gershwin/arr. F. Denson Musicians: Trumpets: Vince DiMartino & Al Hood Tribute video compiled and edited by Jeff Curnow Rob Parton Rhythm Section: Drums: Jim Rupp, Bass: Lou Fischer, Piano: Joey Skoch Amazing Grace Traditional/arr.Empire Brass Musicians: Trumpets: Marc Reese, Eric Berlin, Derek Lockhart, Horn: Greg Miller, Trombone: Greg Spiridopoulos, Tuba: Willie Clark Video Presentation/tributes Concluding with silent reflection and remembrance Many thanks to all who have contributed to making this important session possible OBITUARIES * Brian Wade Anderson 1966-2014 48, passed away Thursday, October 30, 2014 at the Hosparus In-Patient Care Center in Louis- ville, KY. The son of Joe and Beverly Ann Anderson, Brian was born August 12, 1966 in New Albany, IN. Brian was a 1984 graduate of Floyd Central High School and was Floyd Central's first "Mr. Floyd Central". He then at- tended Indiana University, Bloomington and graduated in 1988 from the I.U. School of Music with a Bachelor of Trumpet Performance. He studied with the world renowned professor of trumpet, William Adam. He was employed with Feld Entertainment Production for 18 years. He then toured throughout Europe and the United States as band conductor and trumpet player for the Red Unit of the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus - "The Greatest Show on Earth". Brian also performed at many local churches and was a member of the American Federation of Musicians of New York, the Salvation Army and Jacobs Chapel United Methodist Church in New Albany. Brian will be dearly missed by his parents, Joe and Ann Anderson of New Albany; sister, Gayl Anderson of Louisville; aunt and uncle, Betty and Dave Stickles of New Albany; aunt, Jeanie Brissel of Florida; as well as many loving cousins. Marcus Belgrave 1936-2015 Passed away 23(?) May 2015. from Detroit Free Press, May 24 ...the reigning patriarch of Detroit's jazz scene, fought heart and pulmonary issues for years and used oxygen 24 hours a day. But you would hardly know it to hear him play. (STOP PRESS entry) Raymond Crisara 1920-2014 Born in Cortland, New York, Raymond Crisara's began his formal musical education at the Ernest Williams School of Music before graduating and entering the University of Michigan, where he was a teaching assistant to Dr. William Revelli. At 19, he was appointed principal trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and later was drafted into the United States Army Special Services Orchestra in New York. He toured with the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini, was solo cornetist with the Goldman Band, Paul LaValle's Band of America and played with the ABC Brass Quintet. Crisara was sought after for commercial work, jingles, concert work and solo performances, numerous recordings for television and radio, and played under virtually all of the nota- ble conductors of that period. Mr. Crisara was was particularly proud of his work with Robert Russell Bennett on "Victory at Sea" and "Wide, Wide World." Crisara was also a national clinician for the Selmer Corporation and worked closely with Vincent Bach to help de- velop the internationally acclaimed Bach Stradivarius trumpet. In 1978, Crisara was invited to join the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, where he enjoyed 23 years of building his trumpet studio. Among his many awards were the received the Herbert L. and Jean Schultz Mentor Ideal Award for Outstanding Teaching and the ITG Award of Merit.

2 Reine Dahlqvist 1945-2014 The Swedish musicologist Reine Dahlqvist, who was born in Gothenburg on September 2, 1945, died there on October 17, 2014. His research was mainly concerned with the trumpet and its history. As a trumpeter, he was self-taught and played only the piccolo trumpet. Reines dissertation Bidrag till trumpeten och trumpetspelets historia frn 1500-talet till mitten av 1800-talet med srskild hnsyn till perioden 1740-1830, two vols. (Gothenborg University 1988) was a gold mine of information. It fortunately contained a long summary in English so that non-Swedish speakers could also profit from it. Among his articles, there was an important one on Anton Weidinger: The Keyed Trumpet and Its Greatest Virtuoso, Anton Weidinger (Nashville: The Brass Press 1975) (Brass Research Series No. 1, ISBN 0 914282 13 1). His greatest concern, however, was a re-working of his dissertation. He wanted to publish a new edition in English that would present information new to him since 1988. For decades he was constantly doing research for this project. Reine, who never had a position in any musical institution, subsisted through scholarships. During the last ten or twelve years he worked half-days as a postman. He spent his afternoons in the Gothenborg University library, continuing his research. The trumpet world is much the poorer without Reine Dahlqvist. We can only hope that somehow the results of his research can be made available to the trumpet world. Gerald Endsley 1945-2015 , cornet soloist, conductor, trumpet pedagogue, and publisher died in his sleep on February 27, 2015, after battling a rare form of leukemia for two years. Born in Denver, Colorado on June 2, 1945, he began trumpet at age nine. His early teach- ers were Eddie Keeler, Walter Birkedohl, and Charles Edwin Lenicheck. In 1966, he became Cornet Soloist with the Denver Municipal Band perform also as Principal Cornet until 1995, when he became conductor. He founded the Denver Brass Trio and the Denver Mu- nicipal Band Brass Quintet and was a leading freelance artist and music contractor in the Denver area. He was Second Trumpet of the Denver Symphony Orchestra during the 1978-79 season. He taught trumpet at the University of Denver and at Denvers Metropolitan State College from where he later conducted the Metro Community Band from 2005 until his death. In 1970, Endsley founded Tromba Publications, a company specializing in music for trumpet, cornet, and small brass ensembles. He authored several trumpet texts, and wrote several articles for various brass magazines. Endsley also established Endsley Brass Mouthpieces, which provided custom mouth- pieces and modifications. An avid cornet and trumpet collector, Jerry Endsley owned over 250 rare instruments dating from the mid- 1800s to the present. His other hobbies included collecting firearms, smoking pipes, and knives. He served on several Denver area arts boards, and was one of the founders of Summit Brass, serving as a member of its Executive Board of Directors from 1985 until his death. Rod Franks 1956-2014 London Symphony Orchestra trumpet section member since 1988, passed away after a serious car accident in Nottinghamshire on Sunday, July 20, 2014. After twenty five years with the orchestra, playing principal trumpet for the last twenty-three, Franks recently stepped down from the principal position but continued with the orchestra. Born in Shipley, West Yorkshire, in 1956, Franks began playing the cornet at the age of six. He played for three of Englands most famous brass bands: the Hammonds, Brighouse and Rastrick and Black Dyke Mills. Franks studied trumpet with Philip Jones, Maurice Murphy and John Dickenson at the Royal Northern College of Music. Near graduation at age 21, he was appointed principal trumpet of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra where he spent seven successful years before returning home to join the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble as principal trumpet in 1984. He went on to be a founder member of the English Brass Ensemble and London Brass. He joined the London Symphony Orchestra in 1988 and, from 1990, shared the principal trumpet chair with his former trumpet tutor and great friend Maurice Murphy, before Murphy's retirement from the orchestra in 2007. Passionate about the education of future generations of musicians, Franks held a number of teaching posts and had been professor of trumpet at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Royal Academy of Music. He was also committed to many LSO Discovery projects, particularly the LSO Brass Academies. Rem Mourtazovich Gekht 1932-2014 Rem Gekht was a major figure in Soviet, and later Russian, music education and in the promotion of bands and wind playing. His wind orchestras received innumerable accolades and many of todays leading wind perform- ers, including Andrei Ikov, Solo Trumpet of the Bolshoi Theater Orchestra, received their early training under Gekhts guidance. For many years, Gekht also organized a summer band program for the students of the college at Anapa on the Black Sea. Gekht contributed to music scholarship in an important way through his editing and updating in 1995 of Sergey Bolotins Encyclopedic Biographical Dictionary of Mu- sicians and Wind-instrument Players [in Russia]. In celebration of Rem Gekhts significant contributions to Russian education, art and cul- ture, was awarded the distinction of being named Honored Artist of the Russian Federation. Gekht was a member of the Institute of the Military Conductors faculty for many years and was the founder and the publisher of the magazine for brass musicians Russian Brass News- letter. He also published books by Timofei Dokshizer and Veniamin Margolin. As a conductor and a jury member of the numerous competi- tions, Gekht performed in the USA, Italy, Greece, Hungary, France, Kazakhstan, and in many cities of Russia. ITG member Andrei Ikov spoke fondly of Rem Gekht, saying, "We lost a great man and outstanding professional. He will be remembered as a cheerful, active man who made his music till his last breath." John Haynie 1924-2014 John Haynie, professor emeritus of trumpet at the University of North Texas (Denton), died peacefully at home Tuesday night, Sep- tember 30, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Ralls, Texas on December 14, 1924 he began playing the cornet at age nine. He was much acclaimed in Texas as a child prodigy, and played in the Cisco High School Band while still in elementary school. Haynie taught at the University of North Texas from 1950-1990. His research about the inner workings of the oral cavity when playing the trumpet, with Denton radiology Dr. Alexander Finlay, brought international recognition . He received the Fessor Graham Award (1984), as the most outstanding faculty member by the North Texas student body and received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Illinois School of Music (1991), the International Trumpet Guild Award of Merit (2003), and the Lifetime Achievement Award from The North Texan maga- zine (2006). In 2006, Cisco High School dedicated its new music facility the J. J. Haynie Band Hall and in 2007, he was awarded the Edwin Franko Goldman Memorial Citation by the American Bandmasters Association. He authored two method books: How to Play High Notes, Low Notes, and All Those In Between and Twelve Study Groups as well as Inside John Haynies Studio: A Master Teachers Lessons on Trumpet and Life. Keith Johnson, retired Regents Professor of Music at UNT said this: John Haynie exemplified all the qualities of dedication, integrity, courage, and loyalty that should be the hallmark of anyone who claims to be a teacher of young people. This man was the stuff of legend, and the effects of his brilliant career will reach far beyond anything we can imagine. To have the privilege of studying and working with him is to have been in the presence of greatness. # Rolf Smedvig 1953-2015 made a deep impact on the trumpet world. Few attain his level of prestige in any one genre, but Rolf achieved success in just about every imaginable pursuit as a trumpeter. As a soloist, he was honored with a Grammy nomination for his Telarc release of Trumpet Concertos. As a chamber musician, he blazed a trail for countless brass players as a founding member of the Empire Brass Quintet. As an orchestral musician, he served as Principal Trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. As an educator, he left an indelible mark on countless aspiring brass players through his work at Boston University, its summer Empire Brass Seminar and masterclasses worldwide. SOURCES: except # Eric Berlin and * (Continued on page 3)

3 (Continued from page 2) Rolf Smedvig was born in Seattle in 1952 and made his debut as a soloist with the Seattle Symphony at the age of 13. He studied at Boston University with such teachers as Armando Ghitalla, Raphael Mendez, and Maurice Andre. His future path was defined while studying at Tanglewood in 1971. There he was invited by Leonard Bernstein to perform as soloist in the world premiere of the composer's Mass that marked the opening of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. During that same summer, Michael Tilson Thomas introduced five talented young brass players to each other. This collaboration of trumpeters Rolf Smedvig and Charles Lewis, hornist David Ohanian, trombonist Ray Cutler, and tubist Sam Pilafian would become the Empire Brass Quintet. In 1973, at the age of nineteen, Rolf became the youngest member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra when Seiji Ozawa appointed him Assistant Principal Trumpet and in that same year, the Empire Brass Quintet made its debut at the first New York City Brass Conference. The Empire Brass Quintet continued to gain momentum and in 1976 not only made its Carnegie Hall debut, but became the first brass ensemble to win the prestigious Naumberg Chamber Music Award. Not only was the EBQ the first brass ensemble to win this competition, but also the first allowed to compete. Winning this prestigious award, edging out the now renowned Emerson String Quartet, not only helped launch Empire Brass, but also lent credibility to the brass quintet itself as a legitimate chamber ensemble. In 1979 Rolf was appointed Principal Trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, taking over from his mentor Armando Ghitalla. He held that position until 1981 when he left to pursue his solo and chamber music career. As a soloist, Rolf performed with orchestras worldwide and recorded several critically acclaimed solo albums including the Grammy nominated disc of trumpet concertos with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Jahja Ling. With the Empire Brass Quintet, Mr. Smedvig toured 35 countries in North and South America, Japan, Russia, Europe and Great Britain and leaves a vast recorded legacy on Telarc, Columbia, EMI and Sine Qua Non. In addition, Mr. Smedvig served as Music Director of the Williamsport Symphony conducted the Honolulu Symphony, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Tohnhalle Orchestra of Zurich, New World Symphony and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Caracas, Venezuela. Lew Soloff 1944-2015 Lewis Lew Michael Soloff, perhaps best known for his work with the band Blood, Sweat & Tears, passed away at the age of 71 due to a heart attack. Soloff grew up in Lakewood, New Jersey, and began playing trumpet at the age of 10. He attended the Eastman School of Music, and he studied briefly at Juilliard before he started playing with Maynard Ferguson, Tito Puente, and Machito. In his career, he played with Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Lou Reed, Gil Evans, Paul Simon, Dizzy Gilles- pie, and many others. He was also the lead trumpet of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra as well as the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. He played classically with the Manhattan Brass quintet. He also released eight albums as a band leader. Soloff was a versatile musician who performed in a variety of genres. He is quoted in The Jerusalem Post saying, The key to what I like to do is improvise. Soloff replaced Randy Brecker in Blood, Sweat & Tears in 1968. The rock band, one of the first to include a horn section, won a Grammy Award for their self-titled album released in 1968. Soloff played a significant and memorable solo on the tune Spinning Wheel, which was removed from the song for radio play but remained on the record. Soloff, who left the band in 1973 to pursue more improvi- sational opportunities and new musical challenges, toured the world with the group, and when they played for 14,500 fans in 1970 at Madison Square Gardens, the opening act was a sextet led by Miles Davis. Clark Terry 1920-2015 one of the most popular and influential jazz trumpeters of his generation and an enthusiastic advocate of jazz education, died on February 21 2015, aged 94. He was acclaimed for his impeccable musicianship, loved for his playful spirit and respected for his adaptability. Although his sound on both trumpet and the rounder-toned flugelhorn (which he helped popularize as a jazz instrument) was highly personal and easily identifiable, he managed to fit it snugly into a wide range of musical contexts. His fellow musicians respected him as an inventive improviser with a graceful and ebullient style, traces of which can be heard in the playing of Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis and others. But many listeners knew him best for the vocal numbers with which he peppered his performances, a distinctively joyous brand of scat singing in which noises as well as nonsense syllables took the place of words. It was an off-the-cuff recording of one such song, released in 1964 under the name Mumbles, that became his signature song and which he recorded as part of an album with Oscar Petersons trio.. The seventh of 11 children, Clark Terry was born into a poor St. Louis family on Dec. 14, 1920. When he was 10, he built himself a makeshift trumpet by attaching a funnel to a garden hose. Neighbors later pitched in to buy him a trumpet from a pawnshop. In 1942 he joined the Navy and was assigned to the band at the Great Lakes Training Station near Chicago. When the war ended, he returned to St. Louis and joined a big band led by George Hudson. He went on to join the Count Basie in 1948, then was retained by Duke Ellington moving on after a decade to be more of a soloist. Mr. Terry accepted an offer to join NBC-TVs in-house corps of musician becoming the first black musician to land such a job at NBC He soon became familiar to late- night viewers as a member of the band on The Tonught Show led by Doc Severinsen. He also led a popular quintet with the valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer and worked as a sideman with the saxophonist Gerry Mulligan and others. Between 1978 and 1981 he took his own 17 piece band to Asia, Africa, South America and Europe under the auspices of the State Department. Most of his concert and nightclub work, though, was as the leader of a quartet or quintet. Mr. Terry also became active in jazz education, appearing at high school and college clinics, writing jazz instruction books and running a summer jazz camp. He was an adviser to the International Association of Jazz Educators and chairman of the academic council of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. For many years he was also an adjunct professor at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J., to which he donated his archive of instruments, sheet music, correspondence and memorabilia in 2004. Mr. Terry was named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master in 1991 and was given a lifetime achievement award by the Recording Academy in 2010. In 2003 he received ITGs Honorary Award its highest honor. Diabetes and other health problems forced him to cut down on touring in the 1990s, but he remained active into the new century. He appeared in New York nightclubs as recently as 2008, doing more singing than playing but with his spirit intact. And Mr. Terry, who in recent years had been living in Pine Bluff, continued to be a mentor to young musicians after his performing days were over. An acclaimed 2014 documentary, Keep On Keepin On, directed by Alan Hicks, told the story of his relationship with a promising young pianist, Justin Kauflin, whom Mr. Terry first taught at William Paterson, and with whom he continued to work even after being hospitalized. The only way I knew how to keep going, Mr. Terry wrote in his autobiography, Clark, published in 2011, was to keep going. Michael Tunnell 1954-2014 60, died peacefully on Friday, December 19, 2014, at the Norton Pavilion in Louisville, KY. From the first moment of his cancer diagnosis in 2011 until the final decision to enter hospice care, Mike approached his fight with this disease with his characteristic smile, gentle nature, and grace. Mike enjoyed being with us right to the very end, and his last days were filled with visits and messages from beloved family, colleagues, and former and current students. Mike taught and loved so many students over his 40-year career, and one of his last joys was in giving grandson, Simon, his first toy trumpet. Mike was born in Tucson, AZ and grew up in Powell, TN, near (Continued on page 4)

4 (Continued from page 3) Knoxville. He was a graduate of UT, where he majored in music/trumpet performance. He pursued graduate degrees at the University of Louisville (MM) and University of Southern Mississippi (DMA), and enjoyed a long career of performing and teaching at numerous colleges and universities. Mike joined the faculty of the University of Louisville School of Music in 1988, and was one of the biggest Cardinals fans on the planet. He served ITG as a director from 1983-91 and 2001-09. He was a major driver behind the modern Corno di Caccia, performing at ITG Conferences, encouraging new compositions for the instrument and making recordings of both old and new works. His excellent article, Introducing the Modern Corno di Caccia can be found in the January 2015 edition of the ITG Journal. John Ware 1922-2015 was a member of the New York Philharmonic from 1948-88. He served as a leader both as co-principal trumpet of the orchestra and chair of the orchestra committee. Ware was born in Ambler, Pennsylvania. He left Juilliard after his first semester to enlist after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was a member of the Army Band of the 36th Combat Engineers Regiment. He participated in campaigns in Africa, Sicily, France, and Germany. When he returned from the war, he completed his studies at Juilliard, where he met his wife Frances Wilbur. After graduating, Ware held positions with the Buffalo, NY and the Dallas Symphony. Leonard Bernstein appointed him to co-principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic in 1948. When he retired, Ware moved to Virginia to be closer to family. John Wacker 1959 -2014 Professor of Music at Western State Colorado University, died due to injuries sustained in an auto- mobile accident that occurred on Sunday May 11th, 2014. He held a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas and was a member of the UNT Baroque Trumpet Ensemble. He studied wind conducting at Indiana University of Pennsyl- vania, and held a Bachelors degree in music education from the University of Northern Colorado and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Wyoming. Wacker performed with numerous professional and regional orchestras, and had extensive experience in brass chamber music as a founding member of the Cheyenne Brass and Appalachian Brass. He appeared extensively as an adju- dicator and clinician and was a member of the Music Educators National Conference and the International Trumpet Guild. Dr. John Peterson, a Computer Information Science Professor and friend of Dr. Wacker, says the following: John was everything that we faculty aspire to here at Western: a teacher, a mentor, a role model, and a friend to every student in the music program. He was able to instill a love of music and an ethic of hard work in every member of the band. His humor, wisdom, life experiences, and knowledge made the band a special place. Kenny Wheeler 1930-2014 born in Canada in 1930, the trumpeter and composer joined the London jazz scene after moving to Britain in 1952. He played in groups alongside the likes of Ronnie Scott, John Dankworth and Tubby Hayes as well becoming part of the free-improvisation movement gaining critical attention in the 1970s with a series of recordings for small ensembles on albums including Gnu High and Deer Wan. Many consider Wheeler's artistic peak was in the 1990s with seminal albums including Music for Large and Small Ensemble and Kayak. In later life, he was the founding patron of the Junior Jazz programme at the Royal Academy of Music and was the subject of a year-long exhibition by the Academy Museum. Nick Smart, head of jazz at the Royal Academy of Music said: "It is hard to express just how large a contribution he made to the music in this country and around the world, and how deeply he touched the musicians that had the honour of working alongside him. With Kenny's passing we say goodbye to one of the great musical innovators of contemporary jazz. His harmonic palette and singularly recognizable sound will live on in the memory of all who heard him and in the extraordinary legacy of recordings and compositions he leaves behind, inspiring generations to come. He added: "Famously self-deprecating, Kenny was always modest and humble about his own musical achievements. But the truth is, he was a genius walking amongst us, and it was the most tremendous privi- lege to have been able to consider him a dear colleague and friend. Joe Wilder 1922-2014 who played cornet and flugelhorn as well as trumpet, lent his elegant tone to bands led by Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, Jimmie Lunceford and Benny Goodman. In 1962 he toured the Soviet Union with Goodman. He also worked, in concert and in the studio, with Billie Holiday, Harry Belafonte and many other singers. Through the 1940s, Broadway was also off-limits to black musicians; few if any performed in the pit orchestras of musicals. Its not clear who was the first, but Mr. Wilder was certainly one of the first and even after he had crossed the color line he faced obstacles. Race was not an issue in 1955 for Cole Porter, who blessed Mr. Wilders choice as first trumpet in the orchestra for his show Silk Stockings. And race was rarely if ever an issue for Broadway pit bands after that. Mr. Wilder played an equally important role, along with the bassist Milt Hinton and a few others, in integrating the studio bands of network radio and, later, television. He served in the Marines for three years during World War II, and after his discharge., he went on to work with Gillespie and others before migrating first to Broadway and then to ABC in the 1950s. Mr. Wilder did eventually achieve his goal of performing in a classical ensemble, after belatedly earning a bachelors degree, he began performing occasionally with the New York Philharmonic in the 1970s. He was content to be a sideman for most of his career. He released only a handful of albums as a leader. A week at the Village Vanguard in 2006, timed to coincide with his 84th birthday, was his first extended New York engagement at the helm of his own group. In 2008 Mr. Wilder was named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts.Mr. Wilder was often called the gentleman by fellow musicians, who respected both his musicianship and his generous, self-effacing demeanor. He was trustworthy and honorable, and he would never curse, his fellow trumpeter Warren Vach remembered. I once offered to pay him to say damn it, and he wouldnt take the money. Wilmer Wise 1936-2015 first came to national prominence with his appointment to the largely non-integrated Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as its assistant principal trumpet player in the early 1960's. Coming at of the Civil Rights Movement, Wise played a key role in integrating American orchestras. "The Wise One" performed every style of music. He insisted he was not a jazz trumpeter, even though he performed as soloist with Quincy Jones and Johnny Lynch's Club Harlem Band. He was much more than only a jazz player: he famously performed with the Symphony of the New World as well as with the American Symphony. . Wilmer's proudest moment was perhaps when playing lead trumpet during the famous Bernstein recording of West Side Story. The Maestro referred to him as ... this great genius first trumpet player... Wilmer Wise served on the faculties of Morgan State and the Peabody Conservatory. He was available to students beyond the universities for words of advice or encouragement, suggestions and even solutions including to the ITG brethren on TPIN. He was a gentle soul that spoke quietly, yet with authority and conviction. Wilmer suffered through his illness the same way he lived his life: With class, dignity and humility. He posted the following simple comment just a week before he passed: I am going back into the hospital. There were no complaints or requests for help, just a simple, declarative statement that spoke volumes. Wilmer Wise was 78 when he died. He will be sorely missed.

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