Category Archives: Final Notes / In Memoriam

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

In Memoriam: August 2018

Robert (Bob) F. Bain
Life Member. Guitar
11/26/1924 – 6/21/2018
Survived by daughters

Theodore (Ted) R. Hughart
Life Member. Bass
11/14/1934 – 4/28/2018
Survived by spouse & children

Irvin M. Renfroe
Life Member. Piano
1/29/1945 – 11/7/2017
Surived by sister

Joseph Weiss
Life Member. Piano
1/15/1930 – 7/15/2018
Survived by cousins

Final Note: Charlie Gould

Life Member. Bassoon
4/21/1921 – 5/28/2018

Charles Arnold Gould (Charlie) was born April 21, 1921 in Worcester, MA and was blessed to recently reach his 97th birthday. He was the sixth child in a family of seven children, four girls and three boys.

Charlie began studying bassoon and piano at an early age in Worchester, MA. He won a scholarship at Juilliard Graduate Music School. Later he also earned a Masters of Arts in Music Composition from UCLA. War interrupted his studies and career. During World War II he attended the U.S. Army Bandleader School, was made Warrant Officer, and transferred to Santa Monica to lead his own band. After army service, he settled in Los Angeles, married, and had three children, two boys, and a girl. Continue reading