Jimmie Howard Reynolds passed away in Shreveport, LA, on January 19, 2013. Born to Charles and Orpha Cracraft in Wichita, KS, Jimmie grew up in Shreveport and received degrees in Music from LSU and the University of Michigan. After teaching at public schools in Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana, he became Director of Bands and Head of the Music Department at LSU, and Director of Bands at Iowa State University. From 1980-85 he was Director of Youth Music for the Municipality of Jerusalem, Conductor of the Israel National Youth Band, and consultant for the Rothschild Foundation, Israel. He taught courses in Music Education at Tel Aviv University and the Reuben Academy. Upon his return to the states, he was Band and Orchestra Director at Byrd High School in Shreveport, the school from which he graduated 45 years before. Reynolds was a past president of the Southern Division of the College Band Directors National Association, and member of many other national and regional band associations. After his retirement in 1990, he and his wife Arlene Burney moved to Petaluma, CA, where he organized and revived the Petaluma Community Band. Reynolds also guest conducted many groups including the Sonoma County Honor Band and Fresno State Wind Symphony. Jimmie is survived by his children Jon, Christin Fagan, Pat, Lauren Rea, and Dani Reynolds, three grandchildren, and wife Arlene Burney. A private memorial service will be held in Wichita, KS, at a later date.
Published Online in the Press Democrat from Jan. 27 to Jan. 28, 2013