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April 21, 2013
I was blessed to be a member of the of the initial Greyhound Grenadiers from 1961 to 1964. Mr. Calabrese was an inspiration and a perfect role model for me during my four years at Carolina where I was in the Marching Tar Heels and also in my forty-three years as a math teacher in public schools. He was always kind, patient, and caring while striving to help us perform our best on the field, in the classroom, and in life. He still had that twinkle in his eyes and love of life when I visited with him at the dedication at SHS several years back. May God bless as he marches to a different drummer.
April 21, 2013
I may not have grown up near the Calabrese family but Jack and Liz Torquato(my parents)spoke of them often.Family reunions and visits always would keep family in touch. I remember what a wonderful, friendly smile and laugh he had. Sorry I never got to hear the music man perform but heard he was famous and always thought of him in that way.My thoughts and prayers to all the family in the days ahead and I know he will be remembered forever in the hearts of many.
Love to all the family,
Nancy(Torquato)Crist
April 21, 2013
Jim was an outstanding music educator and a unbelievable musician. As a proud graduate of Concord College, he often returned to West Virginia to perform and encouraged many music educators with his insightful suggestions. I feel honored to have known him for the last forty years. He was a wonderful, modest example of musicianship, style and grace. Like many others, I'll miss him.
April 21, 2013
Mr. Calabrese, the "Greatest Band Director" ever, a great teacher(who taught me to play the drums), a good friend (who rescued me from a burning fire and drove me to the hospital in two feet of snow) and a wonderful and caring neighbor (while living in Glen Echo, Statesville) who I will never ever forget. What else can I say but "What an Amazing Person" he was to me! I started band in the early sixties at Oakwood Jr. High and became a proud member of the Statesville High School Grenadier Band (from 1965 to 1968). What a wonderful experience Mr. C. created for us. Wow! just being a part of such a talented group of students and friends was an early life experience for me. My love and appreciation of music I owe to him. He will be missed by everyone of us who knew him and he will be remembered for years and years for his proud legacy. My love, prayers and sorrow to Mavis, Susan, Danny, their families and friends.
April 21, 2013
Mr. Calabrese was our band instructor for just two short years (1973 and 1974) but he gave the people of Monroe County, WV a tremendous amount of pride in the music program at Union High School. What an honor to have been a student of such an amazing teacher! He was a special person indeed.
April 21, 2013
BOB ROUNION-JIM WAS A GOOD FRIEND,OUTSTANDING MUSICIAN AND PERSONALITY!
April 21, 2013
Thank you, Mr. Calabrese!
April 21, 2013
I just happened to hear of Mr. Calabrese's passing, and I wanted to send my condolences to his family, whom he dearly loved. I remember him from both Oakwood and SHS, watching him turn SHS's marching band into something wonderful in the late 60's into the 70's. I even looked forward to seeing him at mass on Sundays - he brought such warmth to so many people and everyone loved him. Now he's sharing all that love and warmth with his old friends, and playing his great music for a lot of new friends. You'll be greatly missed Mr. C.
April 21, 2013
Mr. C. As I called him was such a great influence in my life. Fantastic teacher of music and a great family figure. I will greatly miss him. To the family, continue to love one another the way Mr. C. Loved us all. May God bless this wonderful family.
April 20, 2013
Although Jim Calabrese was actually my cousin, I grew up with him as my Uncle. He & my dad were only 3 years apart so, they grew up as brothers & best friends. Going off to Concord together & even marrying beautiful, brunettes from W.VA.

Uncle Jim taught me to play the flute & expected nothing less than perfection. Needless to say, I eventually left it behind. That, alone, made me think of Susan as my big sister and Danny as my brother.

Uncle Jim is the only man, besides my dad, that I had the love and respect for, that I do. Together, they were a sight. Trouble, with a capital T. Comedians. Uncle Jim made me laugh, out loud, all of the time.

His love for my Aunt Mavis, Susan, Dan, Beth, Emily and Sam is something I wish for everyone. I always felt, being an only child, like him, that the Calabrese family treated me like I was another one of them.

While my parents & I are devastated, I can't even begin to imagine the loss that his immediate family feels.

His mom, my Aunt Eva, his Dad, James and he are all together now.

I love you, so much, Uncle Jim
Natalie

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