Flute master is taken by Covid

Flute master is taken by Covid


norman lebrecht

April 11, 2021

The death is reported of Sandy Drelinger, founder of the Drelinger Headjoint Company in New York.

Sandy explained not long ago: ‘As a master headjoint maker, I learn a lot from watching a flutists lips and facial formation while they play, giving me a more total picture of what to give then in a headjoint which will agree with the path they are on already.’

Associates in the flute world say that he died of Covid-19.




  • Steven says:

    He goes way back. Many of the people in the flute world will be saddened by this. Even if they didn’t purchase one of his headjoints, all us veterans remember him at the all the NFA flute conventions. RIP

    • Janese Sampson says:

      I am so saddened to hear about the death of Sandy D. He and I have been friends for about 40 years and I have 2 of his headjoints. He was such a dear and sooo funny. He will be missed. Janese Sampson, Maryland.

  • Patricia Warren says:

    I have been playing on one of his early head joints for several years (I bought it second-hand so it was not built for me specifically) and have loved it. RIP, Mr. Drelinger.

  • BRUCEB says:

    A widely known and respected figure in the flute world. Tributes are pouring in on my private flute-related ListServ.

  • norman lebrecht says:

    His son has confirmed the cause of death as Covid.