FRANK MICHAEL TOPERZER, JR. "Mickey"
Frank Michael "Mickey" Toperzer, Jr, aged 82, passed away on October 12, 2013 at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney, MD. He had lived in the Washington, DC area for 52 years, and made immeasurable contributions to the local music scene. Mickey taught music and served as a band director in Washington, DC and Montgomery County Public Schools for 10 years (1954-1964). He was also the founder of Drums Unlimited, Inc., a retail store in Bethesda, MD (1962-1996). Mickey played drums with many local music groups, including the National Symphony Orchestra, and alongside such luminaries as Tony Bennett and Pearl Bailey. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Mickey spent most of his childhood in Medford, Massachusetts. Mickey received his bachelor's degree from the Boston University College of Music. Mickey is survived by his wife, Shirley MacMillan Toperzer; his sister, Sally Bova; and his son, Frank Michael Toperzer III; along with four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and many friends.A memorial gathering will be convened at Bedford Court in the activity room, 3700 International Drive, Silver Spring, MD on October 20, 2013 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation to your favored arts organization or theatre.
Published in The Washington Post from Oct. 17 to Oct. 19, 2013.