Albert Sigismondi, 75, musician, leader of local musicians guild

October 20, 1996|By Robert Hilson Jr. | Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF

Albert Sigismondi, a musician who played in numerous local bands and was president of the local guild for area musicians for 10 years, died Thursday of kidney failure at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital. He was 75.

Mr. Sigismondi of Pikesville once said that his beloved saxophone and clarinet were "all I need for my bread and butter." He played with area bands at weddings, parties and bar mitzvahs for nearly four decades.

"He was equally at home playing in a jazz group, show band and or a Dixieland band," said Jack Hook, a musician and long-time friend. "He was really an extremely talented and versatile musician."

Known for his range on the clarinet and saxophone, Mr. #i Sigismondi also played in the orchestras for many theatrical shows at the Morris Mechanic and Lyric theaters, friends and colleagues said.

"I think that he got a good reputation as a good reed man and musician who learned the music of the shows with little rehearsal and little forewarning," said Jack Rubin, a musician. "He just knew how to work that clarinet and saxophone of his."

In 1972, Mr. Sigismondi was elected to the board of directors of the Musicians Association of Metropolitan Baltimore, Local 40-543, and elected president of the guild in 1979. He retired in 1989.

A native of Little Italy, Mr. Sigismondi graduated from Baltimore City College in 1939. He was a member of the Naval Academy Band while serving in the Navy from 1941 to 1945.

He worked many musical jobs during the 1950s. From the late 1950s until the early 1960s he was a music instructor at McDonough School.

He married Dorothy Hagins in 1970.

Mr. Sigismondi learned to play musical instruments from his uncle Anthony A. Abato, who was a member of the Naval Academy Band for 30 years.

Friends said Mr. Sigismondi became less agile and could not play the clarinet in recent years. "But that just made him play the saxophone better," said Mel Sherr, a long-time friend. "He just put more into his saxophone playing -- and still was the greatest."

Services will be at 11: 30 a.m. tomorrow at Loring Byers Funeral Home, 8728 Liberty Road in Randallstown.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Phil Sigismondi of Roanoke, Va.; two daughters, Roseanne Gut of Jacksonville, Fla. and Bobbie Pritchett of Newport News, Va.; two stepdaughters, Jan Morat of Miami and Wendy Halbert of San Diego, Calif; a brother, William Sigismondi of Baltimore; and a grandchild.

Pub Date: 10/20/96

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