Category Archives: Final Notes / In Memoriam

Services for Ethmer C. Roten Jr.

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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.