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            INTERVIEW

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MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR LATE MEMBER SANDY STALEY

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MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR LATE MEMBER SANDY STALEY

Time: October 26, 2009 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Location: Recital Hall - Mary Peppert School of Music - Duquesne University
Street: 600 Forbes Avenue - 1st Floor
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Website or Map: http://www.sites.duq.edu/musi…
Phone: 412.396.6080 main office
Event Type: memorial, service
Organized By: Dr. Nelson Harrison
Latest Activity: Feb 1, 2010

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A memorial service and celebration of Sandy Staley Vaporetti will be held at the Recital Hall at Duquesne University School of Music. Please come and share your memories and celebrate her life.

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Comment by LeClara on October 20, 2009 at 8:26pm
I extend my sincere condolences to Sand's family & friends. God Speed!

Comment by Timothy C. Session on October 20, 2009 at 2:22pm
Sandy was always kind and would inspire you by the way she lived life and tackled adversity. For all that knew her, she will be missed but never gone from our hearts. Thanks Sandy for the encouragement, love and music.

Timothy C. Session
Musician/Sound Engineer
412-867-6755
Comment by Ed Skirtich on October 20, 2009 at 4:03am
Dear Family and friends of Sandy Staley,

I'm sorry I won't be able to make Sandy's Memorial Service.

However. would it be possible if Dr. Nelson Harrison or someone from Sandy's family could read this:

This is what I'll always remember about Sandy Staley:

"Sandy was always a bundle of joy! She was the life of the party!

The room always lit up with happiness when she entered. And thunderous applause occurred as her name was announced to sing tunes.

Sandy was always very kind to each and everyone of her audience members and she could really make any jazz band swing really, really well.

I was just a college music student at West Virginia University when I sat in with Sandy's band at The Pittsburgh Jazz Society's Sunday Night Jazz Party, and I vividly remember that she gave me one of the warmest introductions I received in my music career.

I remember she wanted us "younger artists," to really shine and she let Carl King and myself sit in with the band.

Sandy really lifted my spirits because my Dad had died a couple weeks before back in February of 1992.

She was such a ball of fun and such a delight to share the bandstand with.

Right now, I'm the Artistic Director of Jazz Workshop, Inc.. I assist and oversee the music school, and coordinate and conduct Outreach Programs and Family Night Concerts.

And when I'm Master of Ceremonies of Jazz Workshop, Inc. events. I will keep Sandy's spirit alive by telling a story about each musician who steps onto my bandstand in front of each audience we perform for.

God Bless You Sandy!

Ed Skirtich
Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc.
Trumpet Player

Any comments or questions:
Ed Skirtich
ejskirtich@comcast.net
(412) 422-4149 (H)
(412) 841-8046 (C)
Comment by karen reifer on October 20, 2009 at 3:03am
Thanks Dr. Nelson Harrison for organizing.

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