Death of a saxophone star, 52

Death of a saxophone star, 52


norman lebrecht

May 15, 2019

From the Rascher Saxophone Quartet:

It is with indescribable sadness that we have to inform you that our baritone player and beloved friend, Kenneth David Coon, has passed away yesterday at 15:52.

Ken had been battling cancer over the last months, and yesterday sadly lost his struggle. It was his wish to keep his illness private.

He was 52 years old.

Kenneth had a unique musical gift of immeasurable proportions, and he will be missed dearly on and off the concert stage. We will work very hard to uphold the ideals that he contributed to the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet for well over two decades, and to continue to treat the music with the same undying care and enthusiasm set by his example. May he rest in peace.


  • I had no idea. Kenneth was a kind and loving soul. He will be deeply missed!

  • Andrew McSwain says:

    Kenneth and I met in 3rd grade and were close friends until 10th grade when my family moved to a different school district. My father is a retired band director and sax player who taught Ken private lessons for some time. I have vivid memories Ken lugging that huge bari sax case down the halls of North Clayton Junior High every day. I knew that he love playing, but never realized his talent and passion until many years later when I came across his Facebook page. I lost touch with my friend, but I’m so very thankful that he was able to live his life doing what he loved. Rest in peace Kenneth.