Category Archives: Final Notes / In Memoriam

Final Note: Dorothy Compinsky

Former Life Member. Violin
11/13/1923 – 10/3/2018

Dorothy Compinsky (November 13, 1923 – October 3, 2018), was a violinist and teacher and a life member of Local 47. She was born in Pocatello, Idaho.  Her father was a railroad worker who played violin and banjo, and so introduced her to the joys of music.  Her mother played piano and was a school teacher for a time, and later became a professional dressmaker.  Continue reading

Final Note: Jack Costanzo

Life Member. Bongos
9/24/1919 – 8/18/2018

Born in Sept. 24, 1919 in Chicago, Illinois, Jack Costanzo universally gets credit for introducing the bongo drums to American jazz. As a teenager, he witnessed a Puerto Rican dance group whose leader played bongos, and there was no looking back. With no one to help, Costanzo had to teach himself to play. He fashioned a pair of bongos out of wooden butter tubs and began his long percussion quest. Continue reading

In Memoriam: September 2018

Neil Douglas Argo
Member. Composer
5/28/1947 – 8/2/2018
Survived by spouse

Evelyn J. Cicero
Life Member. Bass
1/23/1921 – 8/11/2018
Survived by friends

Marni Sanders
Member. Copyist
10/1/1969 – 8/3/2018
Survived by spouse & children

Thomas M. Stevens
Life Member. Trumpet
7/29/1938 – 7/15/2018
Survived by spouse & children

Jeffrey A. Sturges
Member. Conductor
1/4/1946 – 7/6/2018
Survived by spouse & children

Patrick M. Williams
Life Member. Composer
4/23/1939 – 7/25/2018
Survived by spouse & son

Final Note: Thomas Stevens

Life Member. Trumpet
7/29/1938 – 7/15/2018

by the LA Philharmonic Association

Thomas Stevens, former principal trumpet player with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, passed away on July 14, 2018, in Cambria, CA.

Thomas Stevens was appointed to the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1965 by then-Music Director Zubin Mehta, who named him principal trumpet in 1972, a position he held until 2000. He served in the same capacity with the World Orchestra for Peace, Sir George Solti’s hand-picked group assembled in Geneva for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations, and the Casals Festival Orchestra in Puerto Rico. Continue reading

Final Note: Patrick Williams

Life Member. Composer
4/23/1939 – 7/25/2018

by Jon Burlingame

Patrick Williams, the Emmy- and Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated composer-arranger-conductor, died of complications from cancer July 25 in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 79.

Williams, known to friends and fellow musicians as “Pat,” was a highly respected and beloved figure in both New York and Hollywood musical circles. His jazz albums earned 19 Grammy nominations (winning twice) and his television scores earned a total of 22 Emmy nominations (winning four times). Continue reading

Final Note: Neil Argo, Composer and Orchestrator on Aaron Spelling dramas, dies at 71

Member. Composer
5/28/1947 – 8/2/2018

Composer and orchestrator on Aaron Spelling dramas dies at 71

Neil Argo, a composer and orchestrator who worked on such shows as “Dynasty,” “Beverly Hills 90210” and the long-running nature documentary series “Wild America,” has died. He was 71. Continue reading