William Harry Garrison, 46, pianist and piano tuner

May 13, 2004

William Harry Garrison, a professional pianist and piano tuner, died of lung cancer Sunday at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 46 and lived in Baltimore's Mayfield neighborhood.

Born in Norfolk, Va., and raised in Virginia Beach, Mr. Garrison began playing piano at age 7. He earned a bachelor's degree in piano performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in 1982.

Mr. Garrison, who specialized in show tunes and popular music, began his career playing piano in the 1970s at the old Chambord Restaurant on North Charles Street. He also performed in Annapolis.

Since 1987 and continuing until last week, Mr. Garrison regularly played at the Harbor Court Hotel in Baltimore. He also had directed the Baltimore Men's Chorus for several years.

For the past 28 years, Mr. Garrison owned and operated a piano-tuning business, and was responsible for maintaining pianos at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore Opera Company and College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

Mr. Garrison attended Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St., where a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Survivors include his wife of 12 years, the former Jenifer Taylor; a daughter, Taylor McGhee Garrison, 7; a son, James Burkhart Garrison, 5; his mother and stepfather, Jane Garrison Smith and Myrtis Smith of Virginia Beach; a brother, Charles A. Garrison of Virginia Beach; two sisters, Pat Garrison Dungan of Suffolk, Va., and Carol Garrison Davis of Nags Head, N.C.; three stepbrothers, Raymond Smith, James Smith and Thomas Smith, and five stepsisters, Barbara Smith, Catherine DiGiovanni, Mary Crepeau, Caroline Harrison and Sharon Downey, all of Virginia Beach.

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