Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

Vern

September 16, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Today we mourn the loss of Vern Kagarice.

Our industry, and society at large, is built upon kindness and trust. No one achieves anything without being given a chance by someone else; and Vern was one of the first people to give me such a chance. When I was still a brash undergraduate kid, he agreed to publish my first intonation book. It was the first real line on my CV, and many of the opportunities I have had since stem from that publication. It was his gift of trust that provided me the foundation from which I continue to build large portions of my career.

Vern was the kind of teacher and musician we should all emulate. His dedication, professionalism, and humanity shone through in everything he did.

Rest in peace.

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