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George Bouchard

Westbury, New York

Feb 4, 1944 – Aug 12, 2015

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George Bouchard of Westbury, NY. Born February 4, 1944, passed away August 12, 2015. Survived by his beloved son Derek, brother David of Santa Monica, CA, sister of Terry Hepner of Buffalo, NY and nieces Rosemary and Amelia of Buffalo, NY.WHEN I HAVE FEARSWhen I have fears as Keats had fears,Of...

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Great guy.Had a class with him at Aebetsold summer workshop.

I'm sorry that I never met you, but your music and life tells a beautiful story. For all you left behind, I am grateful.

I was lucky to have auditioned for George's Big Band at NCC...It was a mix of talented students and older musicians looking to play...I got the Drumming chair...I can not say how much i learned from him...I stayed with George and the band for a few years...he shared all with us...he had patience,a great sense of humor...he loved what he did...it showed...it rubbed off on us...I am inded a very lucky guy,having played with him privately and in many different settings...I got an education that...

I am a former student from a jazz improv class that George taught @ William Paterson College in the '80's. Would ask that his loved ones please except my belated condolences, as I am only learning of his passing now, through an email invite to a memorial concert in his memory. Remembering the young, hungry & arrogant student of jazz in George's class that I was, I never imagined that years later I would not only be using & teaching techniques that George shared, but would also Get to...

George was a brother to me from the time I first met him when I was in high school. He helped me to expand my understanding of the beauty and power of music and he always gave me the feeling that he was there for me whenever I might need some support or encouragement. He was a generous giver at heart and that's part of what made him such a great teacher. You will always be remembered, my friend.

George was a friend and fellow musician from our Navy days. In recent years we saw each other annually at the Aebersold jazz camp and I was afraid he was ailing when I didn't see him this year. George was a good friend and a great musician and I will miss him.

You gave it a heck of a ride. Last night's tribute was the best. You would have been proud of your son. He came through a very tough time in fine shape. Don't worry about him.
By the way, I got to tell the piano moving story. I miss you terribly.