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Larry Larson
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 8:21 pm    Post subject: RIP David Mason Reply with quote

Hello, all.

I am very sad to report that David Mason passed away yesterday at age 85 after a brief battle with leukemia. David had been Principal Trumpet of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Covent Garden Opera, and the English Chamber Orchestra. Of course, he was also probably most renowned for recording the iconic piccolo trumpet solos on "Penny Lane."

David was a very warm, funny, generous, gracious man who was wonderfully hospitable to me on my trips to London. I last saw him last June, and he was full of life and excited as always to talk about his illustrious career. I will miss him.

The trumpet world has lost yet another of the greats. Thanks for everything, David!


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BedfordTrumpeter
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm very sorry to hear of Mr. Mason's passing. His personality shines through in these two clips about "Penny Lane", which have made the rounds here before, I'm sure:


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Last year, while reading about rare uses of the flugelhorn in orchestral settings, I learned that Mr. Mason also played flugelhorn for the 1958 premiere performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 9, at a time when the flugel was considered a mere brass band oddity.

Quite a legacy Mr. Mason has left us.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another Legend has left us

He was an inspiration to all who play piccolo trumpet.
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RandyTX
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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 3:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had the great honor of performing at the Texas Community Music Festival yesterday with Nate Mayfield as our guest soloist on the Eb solo cornet part of Flowerdale. Immediately beforehand he announced to those in attendance that he was dedicating his performance in honor of David Mason.

Flowerdale is a very moving lyrical piece and Nate did an outstanding job on it, hopefully it is some small comfort to Mr. Mason's friends and family.
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Michael Meeks
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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am unable to find any verifying information about this....
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Larry Larson
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is the obituary for David in The Times of London:

http://announcements.thetimes.co.uk/obituaries/timesonline-uk/obituary.aspx?n=david-mason&pid=150834815

The passing of another great one...
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Hartriff
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is i believe is the most outstanding trumpet player in history. I remember him also due to his contribution to Beatles's songs A Day in the Life and Magical Mystery Tour

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

omg the legends are dropping like flies this year.
R.I.P. Mr. Mason and my condolences to his family.

I seem to remember hearing that the picc he used on the "Penny Lane" track is in the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame Museum.

"Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes
There beneath the blue suburban skies..."
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