Music director dies after July 4th concert

Music director dies after July 4th concert


norman lebrecht

July 05, 2015

Robert D. Jorgensen suffered a heart attack in the middle of a July 4th concert in Akron, Ohio. He asked cornet soloist Carolyn Curtis to take over. Later that evening, after surgery, Jorgensen died.

‘The Freedom Brass Band of Northeast Ohio is very deeply saddened …,’ a statement said. ‘Mr. Jorgensen served the band since the fall of 2006… He was also Director of Bands Emeritus at the University of Akron, where he served for 26 years.’

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  • Patrick says:

    Bob Jorgensen was a great guy and a class act through and through. He was a wonderful musician and a mentor to many of the finest young teachers in the country. We’ve lost one of our best music educators and advocates for music in the schools. Very sad…

  • Gaffney Feskoe says:

    How tragic.