John E. Gorozdos, 40, musician, sales rep

September 12, 2004

John Edward Gorozdos, a local musician and sales representative for a classical and world music distributor, drowned Monday at his Phoenix home. He was 40.

Born in Washington and raised in Silver Spring and Burtonsville, he was a 1981 graduate of Paint Branch High School. He received an aerospace engineering degree from the University of Maryland in 1986. Although Mr. Gorozdos' academic background was in the sciences, his career followed an artistic path.

About 20 years ago, he began working at the House of Musical Traditions, a Takoma Park music store and soon started performing. He recorded bluegrass, traditional maritime, Celtic and Renaissance music in Baltimore and Washington. He recently played with bluegrass bands Jericho Bridge and Blue Line. His last performance was Sept. 5 at the Boordy Vineyard in Hydes.

He was also a member of the traditional maritime music group Ship's Company, which performs on the Constellation and played this summer.

A member of the English folk group Cornucopia, he performed with the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble, Baltimore Composers Forum and Shakespeare Theatre of Washington. Friends said he sang and played banjo, guitar, recorder, piano, trumpet and percussion.

He was the Northeast sales representative for Harmonia Mundi, a firm that distributes classical and world music compact discs.

Mr. Gorozdos also enjoyed travel and hiking.

Friends said a compact disc of his performances with Jericho Bridge is to be released this fall.

Services were held yesterday.

Survivors include his parents, Richard and Terry Gorozdos of Burtonsville; two brothers, David Gorozdos of Glen Burnie and Steven Gorozdos of Washington; three sisters, Linda Benade of The Plains, Va., Lisa Gorozdos of Charles Town, W.Va.; and Susan Ehrlich of Clarksville; his companion, Lori Brown of Baltimore; and 10 nieces and nephews.

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