Peter Grasselli

Columbus, Ohio


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Grasselli, PeterPeter Grasselli, age 88, reached the finish line July 1, 2018 after a long race against dementia. He had a busy life; as a music teacher/marching band director at Pickerington H.S. in the 60s, he led a then-small band to great accomplishments. He was also a winning motorcycle drag...

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A forward-thinking Band Director who introduced me to the music of Carlos Santana. Rest in Peace Mr. "G" ! - Dave "Mini" Davison (PHS 76)

Rest in peace!

Mr. Grasselli is etched into my memory as the definition of dynamic and inspiration, he led many into the world of music, gave great advice and accomplished much more than can be written about. He is a man of class. Rest high on that mountain Peter.

so sorry to hear this he was a great man

Pete held the Nation Record on his.

I raced against Pete out at national trail Raceway in 1972 on our identical blue Kawasaki Mack IV's. Just my luck that Pete, the national class recorded hold, showed up at the same track as me and beat me almost every time. He was called "Pistol Pete" because of his is a remarkable reaction time. He outdrew you at the start all the time. I was 22. He came by an introduced himself and even gave me pointers, then outgunned me. How cool was it to have a master willing to give you tips...

My Dear Friend Peter, I think about you every day, especially when I pick up my horn or flutes to perform. Had you not traveled into our lives in Pickerington, I would not have had the incredible experiences that your gift of music gave me. You taught us so much.... how to set goals, how to strive for perfection, how to give 110%, and how to be winners! I am so fortunate to call you my friend. God Bess You Pete Grasselli.
Mark Camden

I have known Pete for 48 years... we raced Kawasaki motorcycles and ran Running Races... Pete was so serious and a great kind spirit you will be missed my friend.. for your Family I am so Sorry... God Bless. .

The Legendary Mr. Grasselli transformed the Pickerington Marching Tigers. There was a story circulating in the early 70s one of his female drummers went on to break the gender barrier at OSU TBDBITL percussion section. Also recall the days Mr G would ride his motorcycle to school and that would blow our minds when he would rumble into the lot. Hard for me to believe he was 40 years old in 1970. He sure did shake up sleepy Little Picktown.