Category Archives: Final Notes / In Memoriam

Final Note: Robert G. Bornstein

Life Member. Orchestrator
5/14/1928 – 2/18/2022

Robert G. (Bob) Bornstein, the legendary music arranger and orchestrator, died peacefully in his sleep at home with his wife and loving caregivers by his side on February 18, 2022, after living with dementia for seven years. Bob was renowned in the entertainment industry, having worked on more than 600 films, countless television shows and the Academy Awards for 32 years. He worked with some of the industry’s top composers including Bill Conti, James Horner, Danny Elfman, Marvin Hamlisch, Quincy Jones, Henry Mancini, Randy Newman, Nelson Riddle, John Williams and Hans Zimmer. Continue reading

Final Note: Charles H. Deremo

Former Life Member. Alto/Tenor Saxophone
9/5/1929 – 12/17/2020

by Jean Deremo

For any former — surviving – big band musicians and friends who have many fond memories of it all — circa 1940s, ‘50s, ‘60s. 

Please remember a most talented, fine musician from those eras, Charles H. Deremo — tenor sax/flute (known to most all of us as Charlie!). Continue reading

Final Note: Joseph Diorio

Life Member. Guitar
8/6/1936 – 2/2/2022

by Dr. Len Bergantino, retired Local 47 member and retired clinical psychiatrist

Joe Diorio died on February 2, 2022 at the age of 85. Joe was known as the jazz guitar players’ jazz guitar player! He was the one jazz guitar players thought was the best. He suffered from a stroke in 2005. When I asked him if he would miss being top man and not playing jazz, he said, “I’m just glad to be alive!” He once gave me a painting he did which said, “All the animals in the jungle except man known that the principle business of life is to enjoy it!”

Final Note: Roger Larocque

Life Member. Drum Set
2/8/1953 – 10/31/2021                                                                                                                                       
by Peter Andrews

Roger Larocque, drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, engineer and producer extraordinaire, passed away on October 31, 2021 of complications resulting from a long battle with diabetes. Continue reading

Final Note: Frank Jerome Messina

Life Member. Composer
3/14/1943 – 10/20/2021

by the Messina family

Frank Jerome Messina passed away in McMinnville, Oregon on October 20, 2021, of heart disease. He was 78. 

Frank had a lifelong passion for music, especially the trumpet. He started as a studio musician for MGM in the ’60s. In college, he went on to tour with both the Beach Boys and Paul Revere and the Raiders, playing trumpet, flugelhorn and providing backup vocals.  Continue reading