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Final Note: Leon Ndugu Chancler

Life Member. Drum Set
7/1/1952 – 2/3/2018

by Washington Rucker, Life Member, AFM Local 47

We have lost a giant in the music world, and more directly, a great musician.

My best friend, Ndugu Chancler, was one of only a hand full of drummers who could be recognized by a single name: Ndugu. His moniker was well deserved and well earned. He stood tall among the genre of drummers who spring up… and he stood atop most of them. Continue reading

Final Note: Todd Lybrand Hemmenway

Member. Cello
9/18/1949 – 11/27/2016

by Susan Cuscuna

Todd Lybrand Hemmenway, cellist, passed away after a brief battle with cancer, on November 27, 2016, in Black Mountain, North Carolina. He was raised in Northern Virginia and Cape Cod, studied the cello with Orlando Cole at the New School of Music in Philadelphia, and enjoyed his thirty year career in Los Angeles as a member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Joffrey Ballet, and as a studio musician recording the scores of many films particularly with John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, and Randy Newman.  He leaves behind his beloved son, Sam; wife, Susan; brother Scott and sisters Clare and Dana.


Final Note: Bobby Bruce

Life Member. Violin
(1925 – 2018)

Bobby Bruce (Robert Morris Berg) was born in Chicago, Illinois. His father owned a fruit market and his mother Rosie was a comedian and entertainer, performing at several theaters in the Chicago area. Bobby began violin lessons at age 6, and by the age of 9 he would do acrobatics, tap dance, sing and play violin on stage in a Vaudeville act called the Personality Kids on the Keith Orpheum circuit with his mother and older sister Eileen. Continue reading

Final Note: Nunzio ‘Norman’ Panto

Life Member. Accordion
(1929 – 2018)

Nunzio “Norman” Panto, passed peacefully in Thousand Oaks, CA on Feb. 24, 2018 at the age of 88.

Norman is survived by his son Frank and daughter-in-law Julie. He is also survived by his loving sisters-in-law, Sarina Roccisano and Anna Valeri. He will also be missed by his beloved nieces and nephews, their children and the rest of the family and all the friends he has made over the years. Continue reading

Final Note: Albert ‘Whitey’ Clyde Hoggan Jr.

Life Member. Bass
(1931 – 2018)

Albert “Whitey” Clyde Hoggan Jr. passed away Feb. 6, 2018 at his home in Livingston, Montana. Born in Ogden, Utah April 4, 1931, to Albert Clyde Hoggan, Sr. and Fae (Gorder) Hoggan, he grew up between Ogden; Preston, Idaho; and Grouse Creek, Utah.

Clyde attended Ogden High School and Weber State University. In 1950 he enlisted in the Air Force, joined the 523rd Air Force Band, March Air Force Base, and was stationed in Guam during the Korean War. He received a National Defense Service Medal and an Honorable Discharge. Upon returning stateside, he married Joanne Elaine Fetscher. In 1954 they moved to Los Angeles on their honeymoon so he could pursue a profession in the music industry. Continue reading

Final Note: Derrick Lefebvre

8/24/1974 – 4/17/2017

by Lars Clutterham

This sequel to the original notice of the untimely passing of film music prep musician, Derrick Lefebvre (as initially published in the June Overture), is provided in order to expand on his contribution to the L.A. film music scene during his all-too-short career in the industry.

A native of Kokomo, Indiana, and a graduate of Butler University in Indianapolis, with degrees in both Music Education and Composition, Derrick — like a number of his eventual music industry colleagues — came to L.A. to study film music composition at USC. Continue reading

Final Note: Derrick A. Lefebvre

8/24/1974 – 4/17/2017

Derrick Adam Lefebvre, of Los Angeles, California, passed away April 17, 2017, at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center in L.A. He was born Aug. 24, 1974 in Kokomo, Indiana, the son of Larry and Sandy (Summers) Lefebvre. Derrick was a 1992 graduate of Kokomo High School where he was president of his senior class, a member of the high school marching band, concert band, and jazz band, and German club. He was also a member of the Kokomo swim team. Derrick graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis in 1996. He was a member of the Butler Symphony, Butler Wind Ensemble, and his favorite, the JCFA Composers Orchestra. He was also a member of the Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity, Alpha Beta Chapter. In Los Angeles, Derrick worked as a composer and proofreader at JoAnn Kane Music Service. Continue reading