Drumming with the big bands
in the forties
Performing with the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
in the sixties
Married August 26, 1961
One year Harry decorated his handmade cane (PVC pipe) with red and
green tape and people all over town stopped him to comment on his
Hear Barbara read excerpts from the book!
Now available as MP3 downloads
In Memory of Harry Brabec
A special tribute by his wife, Barbara
(See Barbara's series of articles for widows here)
The Last of a Dying Breed
Page one of a special tribute to
Harry Brabec, an outstanding percussionist and musician who worked with
countless entertainers, bands and orchestras during his lifelong musical
career, including the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera, the Shubert Theatre (Chicago), the
NBC Symphony of Chicago, and, in his earlier years, the jazz bands of
Wayne King, Woody Herman, and Chuck Foster.
Moving in New Directions
Harry's work with the Disney World Marching Band, Artisan Crafts Magazine, Silver
Dollar City's Fall Festival, the International Crafts Exposition in Williamsburg, Virginia, and
the winding down of his musical career.
Moving from This World to the Next
A poignant account of Harry's last days and his very
peaceful death (made possible by Hospice), his cremation and very special
urn, and the thing that prompted his last smile.
Life as Mrs. Harry Brabec
Harry, the man, and how he captured Barbara's heart and married her only 18 days
after they met on a blind date in front of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago.
Handwriting (and Humor) of Harry Brabec
One of Harry's letters to an old friend that talks about being forced to
"lay down his sticks," plus a humorous post card and a cartoon
that cracked him up.
Articles About Harry
Two articles reprinted from The Intermezzo, paper of the Chicago
Federation of Musicians, by Joel Cohen and Gordon B. Peters.
to Barbara's book of the same title. Featuring rich content about the
Chicago music scene from the forties through the seventies, with articles,
photos, and music memorabilia from the Brabec scrapbooks about the many
percussionists, musicians, entertainers, bands, orchestras and conductors
Harry worked with during his fifty-year career as a musician.
Brabec: Legendary Drummer
Photos of young Harry with his drums and marimba and contest medals during
his J. Sterling Morton Grade School/High School years.
Drumming: Learning the Trade, Designing Your Setup
This unpublished article by Harry was found amongst his papers. It offers
perspective and professional tips for would-be show drummers of today.
Bibliophile. Three years after his death, Barbara decided she could no
longer keep nearly a thousand books Harry had collected throughout his
lifetime, so she began the process of
selling them on Amazon,
as well as on this website. These pages talk about Harry's collection and
his love of books. See also his
collection of CDs now on Amazon.
[Barbara's Series for Widows]
Memory Box of Life With Harry]
photographic look at the life of Barbara and Harry
over a period of
nearly 44 years of marriage)
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