Horror: Prolific film composer is found murdered

The body of Don Plumeri, known as Terry, was found Friday at 6662 W. Candier Court in Dunnellon, Citrus County, Florida.



He had suffered extensive upper body injuries.

‘This homicide was brutal. It was vicious,’ said Sheriff Jeff Dawsy.

Terry Plumeri, 71, had written music for more than 50 Hollywood films, including several Stephen King horror dramas. Some has been adapted into concert suites.


terry plumeri cello


Originally from New York, Terry graduated from Manhattan School of Music. He was an accomplished double-bass player and conductor.


UPDATE: Police suspect a connection to a spate of local burglaries.

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  • Cellist? That sure looks like a double bass he is playing in the picture. And the instrument has an Underwood double bass pickup on the bridge.


  • Bass player who attended HS in Tampa, then after a year at FSU, Manhattan School of Music. Music director for Roberta Flack, bassist in National Symphony, studied conducting with Antal Dorati.

    • I met Terry in 3rd grade and graduated from HS with him in Tampa. Last saw him at our 50th reunion in 2012. He sent me a cd at Christmas. His friends in Tampa are heart broken!

  • I only met Johnterryl two years ago but saw him at least once a week. He would come into the cafe where I work and we would shoot the breeze..very funny human. Sometimes I would get a closing time bass solo. I will miss that and him very much. R

  • Terry and I grew up together in North Tampa. He was a dear and talented friend and we stayed in touch. Just 2 weeks ago he called to arrange a date to go to dinner. He brought his latest CD to me some months ago.

    We are losing more friends to different illnesses but this is horrific! He was in good health.

  • From Terry’s wife, Kelly Green:


    A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, 5430 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy, Lecanto, FL 34461. The family will receive guests one hour prior to the service.

    A memorial will be held in June. Please follow www.facebook.com/TerryPlumeriMusic for more details.

    Please send me anything you wish to be read at the service via email.

  • Terry played a duo concert for me here in Baltimore, this last year. He played it with the great jazz pianist Larry Willis. Terry also played at a jazz club I ran back in ’70s-80’s. Very good bass player. Great guy and great player.
    Mike Binsky
    Baltimore, MD

  • Terry will be dearly missed. For those of us priveledged enough to have known and played with him he was a joy and an inspiration. As a person and musician he was world class. We are better for having had him in our lives. R.I.P.

  • I was friends with Terry for a year when he was playing with Roberta Flack. Only recently a year ago did I look at his accomplishments online. I have a modern dance company in Los Angeles and thought I would ask him for permission to use his music for a dance project. It is truly shocking to hear of his death.

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