Tag 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: 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

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

Final Note: Erica Sharp Anderson

erica_andersonLife Member. Violin
8/1/1927 – 10/28/2016

Erica Keen was born Erika Kühn in Deutche Krone, Germany, now Walcz, Poland. Her parents were Hilmeyer Kühn of Izbica Kujawska, Poland and Dora Prinz of Preussisch Stargard, Germany, now Stargard, Poland. Erika’s father was the cantor for the local congregation, and also performed many of the responsibilities of a rabbi. The rise of Nazism put severe pressure on the small Jewish community. At school Erika was not allowed to eat lunch with the gentile children. Her home was searched by the police and Hitler youth ridiculed her in public. Fortunately, her Uncle Morris Keen had successfully emigrated to the U.S. earlier and was able to provide visas for Erika’s family to leave Germany. In 1934 they emigrated to the United States, arriving in San Pedro, CA on July 23. Continue reading

Final Note: Frederick Tinsley

Life Member. Bass
(4/17/1947 – 9/19/2016)

Credit: Mathew Imaging

Credit: Mathew Imaging

by LA Philharmonic Association

Frederick (Fred) Tinsley, double bass player in the Los Angeles Philharmonic, passed away on September 19, 2016.

Mr. Tinsley, born March 3, 1940, is survived by his wife Juanita Tinsley, children Frederick Douglas Tinsley Jr., Tania Tinsley Little, and Karen Tinsley Williams, and stepchildren Danielle Acoff and Dion Acoff. Continue reading

Brian O’Connor Celebration of Life

brian memorialSaturday, June 11, 2016 – 2 p.m.
@ Local 47 Serena Kay & Earl Williams Auditorium

Please join friends and colleagues on Saturday, June 11 at 2 p.m. for a musical, video and personal tribute to Brian O’Connor at the AFM Local 47 Auditorium.

All musicians and friends are welcome to attend our tribute to a great friend, wonderful artist and fearless labor activist. There will be food, drink and surprises.

We are funding this event via donations to the O’Connor Celebration Fund. You may make a donation to the Fund and the event online at www.oconnorfund.com or by writing a check to the O’Connor Celebration Fund (direct deposits online can also be made to: Wells Fargo Routing No. 122000247, Acct 5274345718). No donation is necessary to attend. Any unused funds will be donated to the UCLA Neurosurgery research center.

Thank you.
Marie Matson and the O’Connor Celebration Fund Committee

Final Note: Fred Koyen

Note TreeFormer Life Member. Trumpet
(4/17/1938 – 4/29/2016)

by Jack Redmond

Fred, Freddy, or Derf, which was his nickname, died on April 39. His death was unexpected, and a huge loss to the very many who knew and loved him. Fred was one of my oldest and dearest friends, my buddy, my pal. He was like the brother I never had. He was a fine lead trumpet player, and a great pleasure to sit in front of on a band. Continue reading