Sandy Harr, September 27th after complications from heart surgery. He was a drummer with the Sedalia Ragtime Orchestra and frequent attendee of the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp.
The Sedalia Ragtime Orchestra, based in Conejo Vally California, utilizes vintage instruments when possible. Harr constructed from scratch a bass drum using antique tension rods and a drum head resembling the calfskin used 100 years ago. They have regularly appeared at The Scott Joplin memorial Ragtime Festival as well as other Ragtime events around the country.
In a statement on Facebook the Sedalia Ragtime Society said:
Sandy was the heart and the heartbeat of our orchestra, always eager to come up with a new sound to augment our performances. We will miss his supreme ability as a musician, his sweet temperament, his puckish sense of humor, and his friendship.
Judy Greenberg Hirsch, representing the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp released her own Facebook statement:
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