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In Memoriam: May 2019

Roger V. Burton
Life Member. Trombone
1/18/1928 – 11/30/2018
Survived by children

Vic Cipponeri
Life Member. Acoustic Bass
7/16/1926 – 3/31/2018
Survived by son

Pavel Farkas
Life Member. Violin
2/3/1942 – 4/5/2019
Survived by spouse & children

Maxim Gershunoff
Life Member. Trumpet
6/10/1924 – 8/11/2018
Survived by friends

Rosita Duchesne Mallah
Life Member. Latin & Brazilian Percussion/Vocals
12/9/1924 – 4/3/2019
Survived by children

Phil A. Teele
Life Member. Bass Trombone
6/6/1942 – 3/19/2019
Survived by children

Services for Ethmer C. Roten Jr.

Additional Details


Time: Church Service – 1 p.m.
Reception/Celebration of Life – 2-4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating to Inspiring Notes, Inc.,
a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to create classical music experiences that educate, enrich and inspire our youth and families in the San Fernando Valley, and help to fill the gap in music education in our public schools. 
Ethmer performed and taught music to young and old all of his life. His participation in the Inspiring Notes free music education program gave him the opportunity to  teach more than 30,000 youth these past 11 years.  
Please send your donations to:
Inspiring Notes, Inc.
11100 Sepulveda Blvd. # 292
Mission Hills, CA 91345

Your contributions are tax deductible.
Tax-exempt ID number is 71-1051594

Final Note: Rosita Duchesne Mallah

Rosita performing for Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward

Life Member. Latin & Brazilian Percussion/Vocals
12/9/1924 – 4/3/2019

Rosita Duchesne Mallah was born December 9,1924 in Cayey, Puerto Rico. She joined the Los Angeles musicians union, AFM Local 47, in 1961 and remained a member until her passing. She was a staunch supporter of the Musicians Union, and her late husband was Charles Mallah (guitar, bandleader), who had served on the Local 47 Executive Board for many years. Continue reading

Final Note: Hal Blaine

Hal Blaine’s drums can be heard as part of the Wall of Sound on the Ronettes’ 1963 hit “Be My Baby” produced by Phil Spector at Hollywood’s Gold Star Studios, founded by David S. Gold and Stan Ross in 1950.

Life Member. Drum Set
2/5/1929 – 3/11/2019

by David Gold

Musician, drummer,
and sometimes conductor too,
Four bass beats to set the tempo,
And start the music too.

The bass, the toms and symbols still,
The sticks now quietly lie on the snare,
And now the stool is empty too.
For Hal is no longer there. 

Final Note: Danny Pucillo Sr.

Member. Drum Set
8/13/1932 – 11/1/2018

Love of music and family were the driving forces during Danny Pucillo’s 86 years of life.

Born and raised in Mt. Vernon, New York, he originally wanted to play the trumpet. However, at the age of 10, his mother took him to the Strand Theatre in New York City, and once he saw the indelible image of Gene Krupa playing his signature floor tom beat, extending up on the fine white projection screen, he was captivated by the mastery of what Krupa had played. Danny knew he had to become a drummer. Continue reading