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Reflections on Ron Spagnardi
April 25, 1943 to September 22, 2003
On September 22nd, 2003, Ronald Spagnardi passed away at the age of sixty. The Drum Community lost a true friend... He is gone but he will never be forgotten.
For the past few months I had heard rumors that Ron was ill but I had no idea how serious it was. It seems that, for the past five years, Ron had been battling cancer. It had gone into remission for a while but, as cancer often does, it came back and on Monday, September 22, 2003 Ron lost the battle. When I first heard the news, I was shocked. I remembered speaking to Ron at the Modern Festival this past May and, now that I reflect back on some of the things he said at the time, I get the feeling that he may have known even then that he was enjoying his last MD Fest.
Family, Friends, and The Drum Community Gathers to Say Goodbye
Looking Back on Ron's Accomplishments & Forward to the Future of MD
In case you think this is the end of Ron's credo to "promote the dream of drumming" let me assure you that it is only the beginning. Ron's wife, Isabel, told me that she is committed to carrying on Ron's work and, although it won't be the same without him, she intends to do the best that they can. And everyone on the MD staff is behind Isabel 100%.
A scholarship fund will be established by Ron’s family and the staff of Modern Drummer Publications. Details for contributions to that fund will be announced shortly, and will also appear in the March issue tribute.
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