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1936 - 2012 |
Donald L. Cobb passed away peacefully the morning of Sunday, September 2, 2012, as the result of acute leukemia. He was attended by Steve Keyes, Diane Carter and Josy Cobb.
A composer and musician, he was born in 1936 in Oakland. His music-making began in the family home in San Leandro and at age 15 in a hotel summer band.
He attended Rollins College, and then studied with composers Richard Donovan at the Yale Music School, and with Leon Kirchner and Darius Milhaud at Mills College.
He taught and led musical ensembles in many schools and colleges, including Mills College, the Athenian School, Wildshaw School in San Francisco and Friendsville Academy in Tennessee. In the 1970s, he was musical director of the Oakland Museum Spring Concerts, highlighting music of American and California composers.
He moved to Willits in 2002.
Donald played the violin, clarinet, saxophone piano and sang. He composed works for many different ensembles, from orchestra to piano and voice, but a large proportion of his work was vocal. Recently he had published seven volumes of songs which were settings of poems by favorite poets.
Community and traditional song was an abiding interest of his, and he organized community singing in many places, and brought music into people's lives wherever he was. He will be sorely missed.
Donald is survived by a daughter, Josy Cobb of Willits; a son, Michael Cobb; and two grandsons, Jesse and Niles, all of Healdsburg.
There will be a Remembrance at the Willits United Methodist Church on October 6 at 11 a.m.
Published in Willits News from Oct. 3 to Nov. 2, 2012
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"A good man and an honest voice. I'm sorry he's gone."
- Charles Shere
"HE VISITED US WITH JOSEY AT OUR SCAMP EEL RIVER LOCATION...DON GOT FRED TO PLAY HIS PIANO...HIS BICYCLE..."
- RON & PAM MAMMALO
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