Category Archives: Final Notes

Final Note: Lyle Ritz

Life Member. Ukulele
1/10/1930 – 3/3/2017

Lyle Ritz, 87, Los Angeles studio bassist and ukulele legend, a resident of Portland, died peacefully, March 3, 2017. He was best known as an acoustic bass player for the legendary Los Angeles studio group, the Wrecking Crew. He was also known for his groundbreaking recordings and passion for a much smaller instrument, the ukulele.

Lyle is survived by his wife of 40 years, Geri Ritz; his daughter, Emily Ritz Miyasato; and adoptive son, Thomas Ritz. Thomas Ritz has two daughters, Lauren and Jenna Ritz. Lyle was predeceased by his beloved son-in-law, Jared Miyasato.

Final Note: Tony Terran

Life Member. Trumpet
5/30/1926 – 3/20/2017

by Dave Terran, son

Renowned studio trumpet player Tony Terran, the last surviving member of the I Love Lucy show orchestra, died in Los Angeles at age 90. As a session musician Terran was regarded as one of the most versatile trumpet players in the music business, and had an impact on the Los Angeles music scene for more than four decades as a specialist of many musical styles. He was part of the Wrecking Crew, which was a group of session musicians in Los Angeles that earned wide acclaim in the 1960s. The Wrecking Crew was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame on November 26, 2007. Continue reading

Final Note: Elvin Lloyd Myers

Former Member. Drum Set
10/19/1948 – 3/1/2017

Elvin Lloyd Myers Jr., 68 of La Verne, California, died March 1, 2017. He was born in Texas, the only child of Elvin and Mildred Rogers Myers. He attended Brown Military Academy in San Diego and graduated from Montclair High School. He studied home building and remodeling at Cal Poly Pomona university, and other subjects at Mt. San Antonio College, Yale University, and Citrus College. Elvin Lloyd was a gifted musician, licensed general contractor, beloved dance instructor, great friend to many, beloved family member, and a loving son. Continue reading

Memorial Services for Violet Mae Wilson

Former member. String Bass
12/16/1925 – 3/7/2017

At this time the family of Violet Mae Wilson would like to express their sincere gratitude for all of the love and support, prayers and condolences that they have received.



Saturday, March 18, 2017

VIEWING 12:00 p.m.

SERVICES 1:00 p.m.

Trinity Baptist Church
2040 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90018 Continue reading

In Memoriam: March 2017

David Axelrod
Life Member. Composer
4/17/1931 – 2/5/2017
Survived by spouse & children

Jonathan S. Charles
Life Member. Orchestrator
10/14/1946 – 1/3/2017
Survived by spouse & son

Thomas M. Diener
6/15/1959 – 2/2/2017
Survived by husband

Jack Haggerty
Life Member. Guitar
12/19/1918 – 3/15/2016
Survived by spouse

Alwin L. Jarreau
Life Member. Vocalist
3/12/1940 – 2/12/2017
Survived by friends

Daniel J. Mark
Life Member. Guitar
7/14/1946 – 1/5/2017
Survived by son & family

A. Byron Peebles
Life Member. Baritone Horn
1/30/1931 – 1/16/2017
Survived by spouse & children

February 2017 In Memoriam

Daniel D. Cerilly
Life Member. Trombone
8/8/1920 – 12/25/2016
Survived by son

Andreas ‘Andy’ Kostelas
11/10/1924 – 1/20/2017
Life Member. Saxophone/Flute/Clarinet
Survived by spouse & children

Herbert Maddox
Life Member. Trombone
8/28/1918 – 8/10/2016
Survived by friends

Laila Padorr
Life Member. Flute
7/25/1925 – 8/27/2016
Survived by spouse

Louis E. Shoch
Life Member. Bass
8/17/1943 – 12/2/2016
Survived by spouse & child

Marc Yacoubian
8/11/1958 – 8/27/2016
Survived by spouse & child

Final Note: Dan Mark


Life Member. Guitar
7/14/1946 – 1/5/2017

Musician Dan Mark passed away on January 5, 2017, after many years of suffering from grave health problems. He is survived by his first wife Sally Gordon-Mark, his son Tony Mark, his daughter-in-law Jennifer, his granddaughter Justine, his second wife, Margie Sisco Mark and his step-daughter Sabrina.

Born on July 14, 1946 in North Hollywood, CA, he remained there most of his life, residing later in Studio City and then West Hollywood. He attended Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California and pursued higher studies later in life at UCLA. Continue reading

Final Note: Herb Mickman

Former Life Member. String Bass
3/1/1940 – 1/14/2017

By Stuart Aptekar

Herb developed a love of music throughout his life. An early friendship with Eddie Daniels continued to inspire Herb as he played bass in the Newport Youth Band and was hired in the Catskills Hotel house band with drummer Steve Schaeffer, who later joined Herb with Sarah Vaughn. By this time, Herb had concentrated his interest in jazz, having completed his first road trip to England with Peter Nero. Continue reading