October 20, 1996
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.
February 8, 1995
As the world's only full-time, classical percussion-soloist, Scottish-born Evelyn Glennie bewitches audiences worldwide with her talent. And this weekend, as a featured soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Glennie is expected to mesmerize Baltimore as well.Ms. Glennie is respected among some of the world's most heralded musicians as a percussionist of great skill. Yet what seems to fascinate those who first learn about her is that Ms. Glennie cannot hear. By age 10, she had lost all hearing.
November 15, 1990
Services for Irvin N. Dashiells, a musician and retired jewelry salesman, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Leroy M. and Russell C. Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville.Mr. Dashiells, who was 78, died of cancer Monday at his home on Hartmont Road in the Catonsville area.He retired in 1974 after many years of selling jewelry, which he would take to customers' homes.He taught music, played saxophone and led bands after being certified as a saxophone teacher by the Kaspar School of Music while still in his teens.
December 22, 1990
Services for Carroll M. Roby, a tenor soloist, drummer and band leader who operated a moving business before retiring about five years ago, will be held at 10 a.m. today at the McCully Funeral Home, Mountain and Tickneck roads in Pasadena.Mr. Roby, who was 85 and lived on Locust Road on the shore of Bodkin Creek, died Wednesday of heart failure at North Arundel Hospital.He once owned Roby Moving Co., which he started in 1928.A native of Baltimore and a graduate of Southern High School, he was a drummer and vocalist for other band leaders and led bands from the 1920s until a little more than five years ago.His bands played at social events in the Baltimore-Washington area and performed on the Old Bay Line ships and at nightclubs, including Miller's Supper Club.
February 5, 2006
Vaughan Mason's personalized license plate displays his lifelong credo for success: "FAILURE." Before you raise a jaundiced eye, keep in mind that he's a musician who is still getting paid for work he did in the 1970s and '80s. And if you were part of the nightclub or roller-skating scene then, chances are you're familiar with one of his efforts: Bounce. Roccccccccccccccck. Skate. Rolllllllllllllllllllllll. Bounce. It's been almost 27 years since Mason recorded the pulsating ode to roller-skating, "Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll," which took him from living on the sofa of a friend's brownstone apartment in Brooklyn (five houses down from Spike Lee, no less)
April 20, 2004
Jason Patrick Heeney, a chef and musician, died in an automobile accident Wednesday in Annapolis. The Glen Burnie resident was 22. Mr. Heeney was a passenger in a Honda that struck a telephone pole at Bay Ridge Avenue and Bank Street. Mr. Heeney and the driver, Ryan James Wiseley, 21, also of Annapolis, were pronounced dead at the scene. Born and raised in Annapolis, Mr. Heeney was a 2000 graduate of Annapolis High School. "He started out working as a door guard and waiter and later moved up to cooking at Riordan's in Annapolis.