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Raymond D. Crisara
  • In honor of Mr. Crisara, contributions may be made to the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) Legacy Fund in Memory of Raymond Crisara. Please address to: D. Kim Dunnick, Legacy Fund Director, 10 Lagrande Ct., Ithaca, NY 14850

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I had the pleasure of studying with Ray from 1979 to the end of 1984. Ray became my inspiration and mentor and taught me how to play trumpet the non-physical way. He changed my life for the better and I still use the techniques and approaches he taught me. Rest in God's house my friend.

Posted by: Allan Gibson - Fayetteville, AR - Student   Jan 02, 2017

I miss having lunch with Ray,(at least four times a year), I was looking at a old picture of the City Service Band of America,with him sitting in the first chair, this was from the early fifties, what a musical career, he had for such a long time.
I remember my dear friend Harvey Phillips saying to me, that he never heard Ray ever make a mistake, he also told me many other wonderful stories about Ray.
Ray said that his

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Posted by: Rex Sagle - Houston, TX   Jan 05, 2016

And the Angels are surely singing....... Such a legend of a trumpet player and mentor on life. I studied classical performance on scholarship at U.T. and enjoyed every minute of that hour of my day. I had a very difficult time in my life during all of those years that I knew Mr. Crisara. He was such a positive, compassionate example of what a human being should strive to be. I wish I had known of his passing when it

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Posted by: Daniel Smith - Austin, TX - Student/Mentor   Jul 02, 2015

Sounds like a wonderful person who left the world a better place. He is very much missed on this Father's Day. RIP.

Posted by: Donna Wood - Endicott, NY   Jun 15, 2014

We will miss seeing Ray's warm smile and his friendship.What a truly special man he was, we were so lucky to be his neighbors. We will miss him so much, and our hearts and prayers go out to Angela and family.

Posted by: David and Diana Carr - Austin, TX   Jun 09, 2014

I only had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Crisara once, when my husband and former student, Jeff, brought me to the music building at UT. Jeff and I were either engaged or fairly newly married at the time (mid-late 90s). Mr. Crisara was in his office and was so gracious to us as he welcomed Jeff back. I truly felt like we were the only people who mattered to Mr. Crisara at that time as he asked us about our

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Posted by: Jeanne King - Katy, TX   Jun 02, 2014

Every memory of Cortland, Westchester, watching Como, is filled with the familial kiss and hug from Ray. I hope I grow up to be like him.

Posted by: Tom Biviano - Victor, NY   Jun 02, 2014
Ray, Al Stewart and me on a concert

Posted by: George Maniere    Jun 01, 2014

As one of Mr. Crisara's many trumpet students during his time at UT, I can attest to his greatness not only as a player and teacher, but also as a role model for pretty much anyone, in any walk of life. In his lessons, he always made you feel like you were the most important thing to him at that moment....I can't remember even one exception....he was consistently one of the nicest, caring people you could ever wish to meet. My condolences to the family.

Posted by: Tom Strait - Moorhead, MN   Jun 01, 2014

I remember so many great lessons with Ray. I eventually got to work with him a bit (which was a thrill). Ray was my trumpet teacher but he taught me a much greater lesson than trumpet playing. He taught me how to live a life. Whenever things didn't go as nicely as I hoped I always thought of Ray and how he might have acted and tried to act as he would have.
My world is sadder for now but I take consolation in the fact that God has a new 1st trumpet player.

Posted by: George Maniere - Sparkill, NY - Student / Colleague   May 31, 2014