Mr Frank Pagnotta passed away on January 27, 2020 at the age of 89. I offer my sincerest condolences to his wife Marilyn, his godchild Martha, and all of his wonderful family and friends. Frank touched countless lives over his 40 year career as a music educator. He instinctively had the ability to see the qualities of the person behind the instrument, and understood that so many important life lessons can be taught through music. His guidance and sincere interest in my success saved me in high school. I never would have graduated without his direction. Those were some tough years. Of all the generous, genuine, and caring people that have come into my life, his influence on me has been the greatest.
I was raised in a family with eight children and my parents insisted that all the children were to play a musical instrument and four of us played in the band under Mr Pagnotta. His acts of kindness towards my family were endless. I was particularly fortunate to work closely with him from grades 8-12. He gave me a job in the school, assisting him with cleaning, errands, and organizing. From that job I learned responsibility. He gave me a tuba and I learned that hard work pays off. He gave me a seat in the band and I received so many lifetime friendships. I feel blessed that I had opportunities over the years to thank Frank for all he had done for me and my family.
This is my annual blog post with my favorite moments in photographs from 2019. It was another fabulous year, filled with love and good health! I continue to love seeing a part of my life through a camera, it is such a fun way to meet and engage with people. Thank you to all whose path crossed with mine! It was a great year!
Here I present over 100 images of The Paul Winter Consort Winter Solstice Concert 2019 at the Cathedral of St John The Divine in NYC. Just walking up to the cathedral makes me emotional, and when you add incredible music and wonderful people to the mix, it makes for an amazing weekend! Thank you to all that said yes to my requests for photos. There was no place on earth I would rather have been!
here are a few quick edits of a fabulous band, Erin’s Guild, playing in Portsmouth NH last week…