I am very happy to finally post this on my website as a Tribute to Mom. This is the Memorial Service for my mother Frances Foy, on April 7, 2017. My brother Gary helped me out so much by recording everything and all I had to do was organize the background info on everyone who had participated. I thank my dad and brother for their support and I appreciate Floyd Clark in being our “Pastor/Minister/Spiritual Leader” for my mom’s service. Many thanks for the wonderful artists who donated their talents through the service and you will see their brief bios below. Thanks to Dan Brodsley, pianist and his wife Rose Pfinder, soprano along with thanks to trombonist Douglas Autrey and trumpet player Michael Goode.
Mom's Memorial Service videos, April 7, 2017, 12:45 p.m.
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About my friend Floyd Clark, who kindly led the memorial service for my mom:
Floyd Clark - I have many interests in life. My primary interests are photography, music, religion, and business. I joined the U.S. Air Force as an Air Force Photographer for 4 years. After leaving the Air Force, I worked in heavy industry as an industrial photographer. In the meantime, I was active in the church holding several key positions including Local Church Lay Reader. After working in heavy industry for 30 years I retired as an industrial photographer. I put down my cameras, picked up my trumpet, and began playing in the Westside Symphonette. I also played in a few bands and orchestras. A friend invited me to join Local 47’s Union Orchestra, and I also joined Local 47. In February of 2011, Vice President John Acosta contacted Sandy Nixon, a flute player, who immediately asked me to restart the Orchestra. In June of 2011, I joined up with Dr. Janice Foy to meet with Vice President John Acosta so we could discuss Dr. Foy’s potential conducting candidate, Eimear Noone. Once Eimear joined our conversation that day in June, it was a “no brainer” that Eimear would be our Maestra for our new orchestra. In August of 2013 Symphony 47 was born when it received its 501 C3. It is an honor to be a Symphony 47 trumpet player, and to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Symphony 47, alongside Michael Goode, and Dr. Janice Foy.
Song and music details:
Janice, on piano, performed some of her mom's favorite piano pieces. Young at Heart, was originally for instrumentals only by Johnny Richards, but it became "Young at Heart" when Carolyn Leigh added the lyrics. Frank Sinatra, made it a huge hit when he was the first to record it in 1953. Another song included was You'll Never Know, by Harry Warren (written in 1943), with lyrics written by Polish-born Morris Gittler, aka Mack Gordon. It was based on a poem written by Dorothy Fern Norris, who was a young Oklahoma war bride. Janice also offered one of the first pop pieces she had learned as a young pianist called, Alley Cat. The Danish pianist/composer, Fabricius-Bjerre, wrote the tune under the pseudonym of Frank Bjorn. It was originally known as "Around the Piano" and it was released in 1962. This last piece was done after the service ended so it was not recorded online. Her mom also loved that piece and loved to sit beside Janice when she practiced it on their upright piano, bought during the Depression era for $25, which was a lot during those times!
Janice was pleased when Dan and Rose called her to say they wanted to perform some special music for her mother's service. Dan often has musicals at his home where Janice met such personalities as Arnold Steinhardt, a longtime friend of Dan. Arnold is of course well known as the first violinist of the Guarneri String Quartet.
A native Angeleno, pianist Daniel Brodsley received a degree in Music from UCLA, and studied piano and composition with some of the premier teachers in Los Angeles. He continued his studies in England, where he founded an experimental music program at the Cambridge Arts Lab, and performed with a musical theater troupe at venues in many parts of England and Wales. On returning to Los Angeles, Daniel embarked on a career as a piano accompanist, playing for voice classes, choirs, opera and musical theater productions. He is also active as a church musician, and very much enjoys performing with his wife, soprano Rosemarie Pfinder, and flutist Jim Radon, in concerts of popular and classical music throughout Southern California.
Rose Marie Pfinder
Rosemarie Pfinder, soprano, has divided her life between Germany and the United States. Born in Altshausen, near Stuttgart, she obtained a degree in vocal pedagogy from the Music Conservatory in Karlsruhe, and studied voice privately with Dr. Uta Graf in New York and Natalie Limonick in Los Angeles. From 1980 to 2000 Rosemarie taught voice at the University of Munich, while giving many public recitals of classic and contemporary repertoire. From 1995 onward, she has performed regularly in recital in Los Angeles, accompanied by her husband, Daniel Brodsley. She frequently sings solos at the Unitarian Church of Verdugo Hills, and she and her husband collaborate with their good friend, flutist Jim Radon, in performing a wide range of repertoire, both classical and popular. They take pleasure in bringing beautiful and elegant music to audiences throughout the Los Angeles area.
Michael Goode, trumpet, and Douglas Autrey, trombone, are members of Symphony 47 and are Principals in their sections, as is Janice. Mike and Douglas are both professional musicians and longtime friends of Janice. She asked them to join her in her mother's favorite dance tune, "In the Mood." Joe Garland used a pre-existing melody (by Wingy Manone), and arranged it to become a huge hit known as Tar Paper Stomp, in 1930. Glenn Miller made it famous in 1939 when he recorded it, known as its current title of "In the Mood."
Michael Goode - I served over a 4 year period as Assistant Principal Trumpet in the Ravinia Festival Orchestra with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. My teachers were the legendary Adolph "Bud" Herseth, and Arnold Jacobs, two of the greatest brass legends of the 20th century. I have a Master's degree in Psychoneuromusicology, a field of science in which I invented the study of stage fright in musicians from the University of Chicago. I love LA and Symphony 47, where I serve as Principal Trumpet. I am also their Artistic Coordinator and a very busy Symphony 47 Board member.
Douglas Autrey - I started in the 5th grade playing trumpet. When the Band Director asked for volunteer trumpet players to switch to tuba, I wasn't too interested until he said, "You wouldn't have to take the tuba home to practice." I played tuba in High School - East High in Bakersfield, as well as in the Bakersfield Symphony for 2 years, until I switched to valve trombone at Bakersfield College. I also changed my major to music. When I transferred to San Fernando Valley State College, I took up slide trombone because I wanted to play in the All Star Jazz Band. I practiced about 8 hours everyday for a year. I had a wonderful teacher, Paul Tanner, and later Roy Main. I played in the Army Band for 2 years 9 months, and then graduated from College in 1969. I moved back home and played in the Bakersfield Symphony, The Electric Oil Sump, many Church groups, and other types of groups. I taught ElementaryJunior High children to play and enjoy music. Then I moved to LA where I haven't had a paying gig that was worth anything - no money here.
Dancing to In the Mood with Pastor Floyd is Janice's Flamenco Fire Duo! partner Jani Quintero.
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