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SANDLIN, Brian J. The day the music died… Brian J. Sandlin, 25, of Falmouth, Massachusetts was tragically killed in a hit and run accident in the early morning hours of November 19, 2016 in Florence, Alabama. An incredibly gifted and talented musician, he was always praised for his playing as well as his music composition. Brian was living his dream by most recently moving to a small corner of Alabama known for its Blues and Soul scene to record a new album with fellow musician Siobhan Magnus. "Sandlin was a virtuoso. He composed pieces for choirs and kept it low profile. Casual and humble…like his genius was commonplace. He could tap into things that were primal and potent whenever he pleased. He made us all reach for greater heights. He read Russian authors, and watched trash TV. He loved potato chips. He would eat whole bags, no sweat. Talent was his trade…we lost a great today". This heartfelt memory from Brian Engles, was one of hundreds that flooded social media after word of Brian's untimely passing spread. His introduction to Music began with Aston Wright and due to his phenomenal approach to teaching music, Brian excelled. Aston took Brian under his wing and entertained with him at many different venues. Brian changed his direction in music to bass and with the help of Rich Hill, he excelled and began to master the art of the bass. Brian graduated from Falmouth High School in 2009. During his high school years, with Steve Edwards, he was drawn to upright bass and jazz. A Cape Cod Conservatory clinic led by jazz trumpet player Tony Lujan, helped foster and inspire his passion. Brian went on to The Berklee School of Music in Boston receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Composition in 2013. While Brian could compete musically with the best, his true calling was beautiful, intricate, and timeless composition. After graduation, he hit the ground running playing wherever he could from rock bands to jazz groups and even to the orchestra pit. Brian travelled the world, sharing his gift with countless listeners. Regardless of where Brian's travels guided him, he always loved playing to his hometown of Falmouth. Over the past few years, he performed on a cruise ship that offered him the rare opportunity to visit Alaska, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. While his time with us was cut tragically short, he shared his talents well beyond his years. To know Brian was to love him...he was quiet and humble yet his passion for life screamed to his friends and family…and the world. Brian was a genuine and beautiful soul, abound with talent that was taken from all of us too soon. "They whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before. They are now...wherever we are." Brian leaves behind his forever-loving parents, Brian and Roberta (Cowie) Sandlin and his brothers, that he adored more than they will ever know, Christopher and Sean Sandlin, all of Falmouth. Brian also leaves behind his proud grandparents, Robert and Joan Cowie of Waltham, Massachusetts and the late James and Dorothy Sandlin of Falmouth. Brian will forever be remembered by heartbroken aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, fellow musicians, and countless bandmates. Relatives and friends are invited and may visit with Brian's family at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Falmouth on Sunday, November 27th from 2 until 6 PM. The funeral procession will form on Monday morning at 11 AM at the funeral home, for a graveside service at Oak Grove Cemetery at 12 PM. Brian's family would like to thank all family and friends for their love and support during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, Brian's family requests that donations be made to: Falmouth Band Parents Inc., c/o: Remembering Brian Sandlin, PO Box 196, Falmouth, MA 02541. A GoFund me page has also been created at: www.gofundme.com/funeral-expenses-for-brian-sandlin. "A long, long time ago I can still remember how that music used to make me smile, And I knew if I had my chance that I could make those people dance and maybe they'd be happy for a while, But February made me shiver with every paper I'd deliver, Bad news on the doorstep, I couldn't take one more step, I can't remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride, But something touched me deep inside, The day the music died… For online guestbook, obituary and directions, visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com. Complete notice to appear on Friday, November 25, 2016. Chapman Cole & Gleason Falmouth, MA - 508.540.4172
Published in The Boston Globe on Nov. 25, 2016
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