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A tribute to Ed Nuccio our beloved founder of New Horizons Band of Colorado Springs


Professional clarinetist Ed Nuccio was famous for nurturing children, teens and adults in their pursuit of music, so much so that he earned the moniker "Mr. Music." The longtime band director, educator and founder of New Horizons Band of Colorado Springs died April 12 from cancer. He was 80 years old.

Mr. Nuccio arrived in Colorado Springs in 1958 to play with the Air Force Academy Band where he earned an Airman of the Year award in 1959. He performed with Arthur Fiedler, longtime conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, and in bands for Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dean Martin and others who played in concert at The Broadmoor.

Shortly after arriving in town, he was hired as the first full-time band director at Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School and taught there for 25 years. He led the Cheyenne Mountain High School bands and marching band for nine years and taught at Douglass Valley Elementary School, Broadmoor Elementary School and Cheyenne Mountain Elementary School. He also was inducted into the Colorado Music Educators Hall of Fame in 2004. "He had such an absolute passion for both people and music and did up until he died," said Walt Cooper, superintendent of Cheyenne Mountain School District. "He did what he could to bring those two together."

In 2002 Nuccio and his wife Mary Nuccio founded the New Horizons Band, a group for adults who wanted to resume their interest in playing music. The Nuccios grew it into four bands, three jazz trios, and chamber groups. "The part I remember was when he was on the podium," said his son Brad Nuccio. "He had this mix of passion for the music, caring for the students and incredibly high expectations."

Mr. Nuccio is survived by Mary Nuccio, two sons, including Mark Nuccio who plays clarinet in the New York Philharmonic and Brad Nuccio, who works in the entertainment industry in St. Louis, Mo. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to New Horizons Band of Colorado Springs (nhbcos.org).

Article: Courtesy of The Gazette, by: Jen Mulson 4-18-2016


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