Brian A. Casey
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CASEY Brian A. Casey, age 36, Monday, September 8, 2008, at his residence. Graduate of Bishop Watterson High School (1989) and The Ohio State University (1993) with a B.A. in Music. Founding member of Honk, Wail and Moan, a local jazz and swing band. Survived by parents, James and Judith Casey; brother, Michael (Linda) Casey; sister, Susan (Jonathan) Frantz; nieces and nephews, Henry Frantz and Emily, Ryan and Sean Casey. Friends may call Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at EGAN-RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 403 E. Broad St. Memorial Mass Friday 11 a.m., at St. Timothy Church, 1088 Thomas Lane. Private interment Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Columbus Music Coop, 2895 Neil Ave., Apt. 390A, Columbus, OH 43202. Visit for condolences. Sign the online guestbook at

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Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Sep. 10 to Sep. 11, 2008.
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November 10, 2008
Jerome Freeman
October 15, 2008
I'm speechless... Brian's presence was warm and welcoming. He was a stellar musician with vision. He was a member of a family of artists who've made an indelible mark on the culture of Columbus, Ohio. He was loved and he will always be missed...
Dominique Sartain
September 23, 2008
Can hardly believe that I'm writing this after being out of the country over the last month. My condolences to the Casey family and all who knew Brian. Our paths crossed infrequently, but a great soul has left the house.
Dave Gill
September 22, 2008
Very sorry to hear the news. I knew Brian from high school and his sincerity and kindness stuck with me. He was incredibly genuine and talented.
Joe Rothermich
September 17, 2008
I'm so sorry to hear this sad news. I didn't know Brian well but always admired his unique and courageous music. He was always funny and kind whenever we worked together.

We pray for healing and peace for all Brian's family and friends suffering.

The England family
Bill England
September 16, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Casey family during this difficult time.
Kelly (Schmidt) Lepeska
September 16, 2008
My condolences go to the Casey family. Brian was a brilliant musician and composer and a wonderful person. His is a bright star in the universe. As he would say, Arpeggiate the Cosmos!
Tim Perdue has started a weblog for friends, family, fellow musicians - anyone & everyone touched by Brian - as a permanent place to remember, share, and celebrate his time with us. The address is:
Steve Perakis
September 16, 2008
Even from the distance of hemispheres and, more inexorably, the distance of time, I can still remember what it was like to have someone like Brian as friend during the one year of hight school we had together in Columbus.
Homero Velho
September 15, 2008
Brian, you are missed and I am sadfish.
Stacy Reischman
September 15, 2008
Brian was such a wonderful person and had so much spirtual peace. I had the chance to work with him this past summer and really enjoyed his company. It's so sad that is life had to end so short. I know that he is in peace now. My condolences to all of his family and friends.
Rebecca Migas
September 14, 2008
Brian contributed so much to so many through his music, his kindness and loyalty to those around him. Love, and peace Brian - we are so fortunate that you graced our lives!
Robbie Shaw
September 14, 2008
Being a professional musician is to being a musical hobbyist as skydiving is to riding in a commercial airline. So, as I gaze timidly out the jet's passenger window, and see Brian flying by, in the rapture of his complete dedication to his life's passion, my own heart speeds up for a moment, and there, a pang of envy.
Matt Frantz
September 14, 2008
Fellow musicians The Moops offer our condolences to the friends and family of Brian Casey. We fondly remember Brian for his sublime sax work with ska band The Spectre, with former bandmate Sparky now in our ranks. We are saddened by the passing of Brian and will always miss him.
Jim Hutter
September 13, 2008
Sean Jones
September 12, 2008
To the Casey family,
I was very saddened to hear of Brian's passing. Although I haven't seen Brian in years, I have so many fond memories of him from high school. He was such a bright, wonderful person. He will be missed. Please accept the deepest sympathies from my family.
Teresa Brusadin
September 12, 2008
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Beth Boy
September 12, 2008
So sad to hear that Brian has passed away.
For some years I worked with Brian in a project of Sara Wookey. I enjoyed his frienship and music.
Even after years of having no contact, it is a shock to me, it must be more shocking for relatives and close friends. I wish them all strenght in carrying this loss.
Marc Haverkort
September 12, 2008
I offer my heartfelt condolences to Brian's family.

Brian, I will miss you. Your interstellar musical explorations and earthy "honks, wails and moans" have touched and enriched so many of us fortunate enough to have heard, danced to and been transported by your music. Thank you for giving so freely of your talent, inspiration and unique expression. And special thank you for our Ra connection. May your clarion call with God's trombones be heard across the cosmos!
Cheryl Banks-Smith
September 12, 2008
My roomie; my dear, dear friend. You will remain forever in my heart.
Sweet dreams and moonbeams,
Shelly Saint-Smith
September 12, 2008
Dear Casey family,
Please accept our heartfelt sympathy in your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Ellen and Bob Griffin
September 12, 2008
I was so sad to hear of the loss of such a wonderful man and talent!! I have not seen Brian in many years, but knew him from St Tims and Watterson days. So nice and always happy!! My prayers are with you all.
Kelly (Lynch) Ramey
September 12, 2008
We were all shocked and saddened to hear of Brian's passing. Our families' thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time.
Mary Herbeck (and the Herbeck Family)
September 12, 2008
Brian, my man, I will miss you. Thanks for the tunes. Thanks for the laughs. Thanks for everything, brother.
Matt Adams
September 12, 2008
Jim & Judy: Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Patrick & Jodie Moriarty
September 12, 2008
The Columbus dance community has grown and been fed by artists like Brian. I was just one of hundreds of dancers who moved to, and was moved by the sounds he produced. Please know that his memory and music will continue to echo in our hearts. He will be so missed. Bless the Casey family with the love of and comfort of God and friends.
Elizabeth Cave
September 12, 2008
I know that you are melding with the Super Souls right now. Racin' with Sun Ra in a telepathic muse. No need for words, just simply being in the moment.
As I am saddened, I am so grateful for those creative sharing times with you as a part of H.W.& M., Avant Collective and other grand times of making Musical Art.
Brian gave me the freedom to express my ways of being interactive that was special from one musician to another.
I will never forget you Brian, soar on my brother.
Stephen'Breeze' Smith
September 11, 2008
My heartfelt condolences to all Brian's friends and family. I knew Brian as an extraordinarily gifted and creative composer and arranger, a talented multi-instrumentalist, and a kind and generous soul. He gave so much to this community, in his output as a composer and performer as well as in the encouragement and support he gave so many fellow musicians and artists in our creative endeavors. He loved music that came from the heart, and he poured his heart into everything he took on, experimental compositions and fragile folk songs, jazz, country, rock, ska, his own tunes and collaborations with others. He saw the humor in all kinds of situations, and he found the beauty in all kinds of art. I sometimes thought he felt beauty more profoundly than most of us get a chance to or allow ourselves to. It's so hard to fathom that he's passed on...I hope whoever reads this can take some comfort in the fact that he enriched so many lives with his music and with his friendship.
Nick Mancini
September 11, 2008
To the entire Casey family -

Brian was such a light to all who knew him and his love of music helped shape that love in others, including me. I learned to love Jazz with Honk, Wail and Moan and never lost my love for it. All my love, prayers and thoughts are with you at this moment of sadness and know that Brian's life will have lasting impact on me and so many others who knew him.
Molly Kurth
September 11, 2008
To the Casey family: What sad news has come to us in Goulais River, Ontario, place of many happy memories for Brian. Bruce and I send thoughts of profound sympathy and shared grief. Our Mark and your Brian shared incomparable times together as they collaborated to enrich the world with their music. We know that you will find not only comfort but joy in listening to the CD's which so clearly capture their spirits, a treasure-trove that few parents have.

We will think of you each time we listen.

Claudia and Bruce Greenwood
Claudia Greenwood
September 11, 2008
Dear Casey Family
Please accept our sincere condolences.Brian was so talented and amazing.We remember our time with you in the BWHS band boosters, how supportive you were of the kids and how proud you were of Brian.God bless you and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bruce & Barbara Funston
September 11, 2008
I was very saddened to hear of your loss today. I remember Brian fondly for the fantastic musician and overall very great guy that he was. My thoughts go out to his family and all of those who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Dave Demarchi
September 11, 2008
I am deeply sadenend to hear of Brians passing. Looking back to our days at Watterson I can truely say that Brian had an effect on all that he encountered. His spirit and love of life is a memorey that will always be cherished. My families thoughts and prayers go out to the Casey family. May God Bless you and hold you close in this your time of need.
Dominic Sauer
September 11, 2008
For whatever reason, our art has a bad habit of taking away some of our brightest talents much too soon. I reckon that at least 80% of the gigs I've done since I've lived in Columbus have included Brian in some way. I'll always treasure and miss those amused/excited glances he'd give me across the bandstand whenever I played something wholly inappropriate over one of his brand new compositions. There was a joke among us that Brian would never tell you how to play one of his tunes, even if you asked him. But his humor and sense of adventure always brought out the best in us. Brian was always the biggest fan of everyone he played with, and he loved so many kinds of music. He also knew a lot of great trombone jokes! Best wishes to his family and friends -- he was truly someone irreplaceable.
Larry Marotta
September 11, 2008
I am saddened to hear of Brian's passing. Brian will always be remembered by many as a truly creative and inspiring person. His music will live on to always remind me of the special times many of us shared watching him perform and getting together with him at OSU. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Stephanie Stein
September 11, 2008
We were shocked and deeply saddened to hear that Brian had passed. Since meeting him while we attended Watterson, I've never ceased to be amazed at his talent. Through they years we'd mostly lost touch, but I periodically got a chance to see him perform live. I'll always cherish the memory of those performances, and of his friendship so many years ago.
Bob and Jane O'Shaughnessy
September 11, 2008
Thoughts and prayers go out to the Casey family at this time.
Dennis Quigley Grandview Heights
September 11, 2008
Sincere Sympathy to the Casey Family on the loss of Brian. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Padre Pio pray for him.
Deeply Regretted by Paul & Kathy Harvey
Kathy Harvey
September 11, 2008
We will miss you Brian. Thanks for such sweet music from ska to jazz and everything in between. Deepest Sympathy to the Casey Family, our thoughts are with you.
Olivia Flak
September 11, 2008
I haven't seen Brian in so many years. I used to love when he'd play with us in The Spectre. Always with the scarves tied to his slide like the Steven Tyler of trombone. We'd argue about the comparative merits of Mingus, Sun Ra and Ellington. He was the consumate musician, playing because he truly loved to make new sounds. His creativity and energy will be missed by so many.
Michael DeTray
September 11, 2008
Dear Casey Family,
I am deeply sorry to hear about Brian's passing. Brian and I were long time friends and artistic collaborators. We worked together in Columbus and in Germany. He also played at my wedding reception in Columbus in 2006. The memories of his laughter and his music will live on in my heart.
May you find peace in this time of loss.

Sara Wookey
Sara Wookey
September 11, 2008
My sincerest condolences on your loss. As members of the St. Timothy and Watterson families, we are sharing in your sorrow. I remember Brian as a lover of music and a gentle/kind person. There is no question that he is in a better place. God bless and take care!
David Neal
September 11, 2008
My deepest condolences to the Casey family. I met Brian through OSU Dance. We played together as musicians in the folk band Hipswitch. He was a sweet, generous, extremely gifted, hilarious guy who was taken out of this world too soon. His presence will be sorely missed by family, friends, and the music community, but his great spirit and music will live in our hearts forever.
Deb Colvin-Tener
September 11, 2008
Brian was special. I am sorry for your loss and you are all in my prayers.
Bob Irwin
September 11, 2008
To the entire Casey family from Tiffany Valentino-Rigsby and the Valentino Family,
We were terribly sad to learn of your loss. I cannot think back to a show at Watterson without thinking of Brian. The image of him playing the Rabbi in Fiddler is one that always brings a smile to my face. His loss will be felt by many. May you find comfort in how much he was loved. You are in our thoughts and prayers now and always.
Tiffany Valentino-Rigsby
September 11, 2008
Dear Casey Family,
On behalf of the Neal family I wanted to let you know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. My brother David and I attended both St. Tim's and Watterson with Brian. He will be missed.
John Neal
September 11, 2008
My deepest sympathies to Brian's family and friends. Brian was a kind and dear friend to me. Our friendship has been a positive force in my life and will always remain so.
Erik Augis
September 11, 2008
I was so sorry to hear about Brian, and I will keep you all in my thoughts.
Amie Cummings Horan
September 11, 2008
The Casey Family:
You will all be in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this very difficult time.
Family members of the Shamrock Club, Michelle and Chantay
Michelle Laam
September 11, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with you
Shaun Campbell
September 11, 2008
So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with your family .
John and Nicki Cross
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