Sunday, September 7, 2008

A Remembrance of Robert Buzzard: June 1926-July 2008

Few early music lovers in San Diego did not know Robert Buzzard (Buzz), and those who did not know him personally were beneficiaries of his work on the board of SDEMS. We are very sorry to lose such a generous music enthusiast and friend.

Bob’s professional life centered on computers and engineering, but his great love (after family life) was music. Bob began playing recorders in the 1950’s and kept expanding his musical frontiers to include viola da gamba, guitar, lute, theorbo (his favorite), and most recently modern and baroque cello. He was an enthusiastic participant at many early music workshops across the country. A ceaseless proponent of amateur music, he shared his talent, instruments and music generously, and always encouraged beginners.

Wherever Bob settled, he was not long in joining or establishing an early music group to play with. He played with many small ensembles in and around San Diego. One such group for which he was the guiding light was dubbed the “Lunars” and has been meeting weekly for many years. He was steadfast in his attendance and commitment despite failing health and energy, and a true friend to all in the group. In additon, he played weekly with a group in Oceanside, and occasionally played cello with local community orchestras.

Bob barely survived a traumatic auto accident in 1990. His determination to overcome his resulting handicap and to continue his musical life has been an inspiration to us all.

He will be greatly missed and remembered by his friends.

Lynn Lipetzky

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