Gilbert Mitchell Jr.

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Gilbert Mitchell, Jr. (Age 91)  

Formerly of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania and Alexandria, Virginia, died peacefully on Thursday, April 21, 2016.
Beloved husband, father, grandfather and Conductor Emeritus of The United States Army Band in Washington, DC. He will be forever remembered for his love of the Lord, impeccable musical artistry, leadership and teaching acumen.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Joyce S. Mitchell. He is survived by a sister, Marilyn Reedinger of Lykens, PA; daughters, Lisa Galoci of Manassas, VA and Megan Kabatt of Exton, PA; and six grandchildren.
A small family memorial service to celebrate Gil''s life is scheduled at Messiah Lutheran Church, 46 W. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, PA 19335 on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 11 a.m. All may greet the family from 12 to 1 p.m. at a small reception immediately following the service. Public military funeral and interment with funeral honors will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Gil''s memory be made to the Brass of Peace, a youth musical ensemble founded by Gil to foster and encourage musical excellence. Such donations may be made through their website at
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James J. Terry Funeral Home
736 E Lancaster Ave
Downingtown, PA 19335
(610) 269-6567
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Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 27, 2016