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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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Sending love and sympathy to Andrea, Ed, Lauren and Emily Snouffer. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Tom and Andrea Jaber


Posted by: Thomas Jaber - Missouri City, TX - Friend   May 31, 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.

George and Hanna Maniere


Posted by: A friend   May 31, 2014

I had the privilege of studying with Mr. Crisara for three years in high school prior to working with him as a trumpet performance major at UT. To this day he is still the best teacher I have ever had . He was a task master, coach, cheerleader and friend. He will be missed be all those that knew him. My deepest condolences to Mrs. Crisara, his family and friends.

Jeff King


Posted by: Jeff King - Katy, TX - Former student   May 30, 2014

Dear Cina, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I have such wonderful memories of visiting the Crisara residence every week for trumpet lessons with your dad and especially the times when he would let me stay after to listen to a piece he was rehearsing with your sister. He was such an inspiration.


Posted by: Connie Tomaino - Garrison, NY   May 29, 2014

My condolences to Mr. Crisara's wife and family. He was my trumpet professor at UT in the late 80's. He was an inspirational player and person. Always so kind. He will be missed.


Posted by: Richard Flores - San Antonio, TX   May 29, 2014

Dear Angela,

I am so deeply saddened by the loss of a great trumpet artist, musician and human being. Ray was one the kindest men I have ever known, a true gentleman in every sense.

I will never forget the support he gave me during my first years of teaching at UT.

Ray called me often to to see how things were going, a true testament of how much he cared about about his students and how he cared about my transition
to UT.

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Posted by: Ray Sasaki - Austin, TX - Friend   May 28, 2014

My heart goes out to the members of Mr. Crisara's family at this time. What a wonderful legacy he has left behind in his students and family and the wonderful music they make! Lots of love and prayers coming your way, Cina, Andrea, Ed and all of you!


Posted by: Mary Smith    May 28, 2014

Dear Angela and family: The sad news of Ray's passing comes to me here in Hong Kong where I am attending a few of the UT Wind Ensemble's concerts in Asia. I am terribly sorry that I will not be able to attend the memorial service for Ray this weekend.
Ray had a monumental influence on the trumpet, brass and band programs at the University of Texas. His students are working professionally all over the world. He is revered by

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Posted by: Douglas Dempster - Austin - Dean of the College of Fine Arts   May 28, 2014

A long time friend and neighbor. We'll miss you Ray!

Fred "Moe" Snyder


Posted by: A friend   May 28, 2014

One of the highlights of my life was meeting Dr. Crisara at the final reunion of the Ernest Williams Alumni Association in Reading. A great man - a "one off"! He will be missed. Mark O'Keeffe


Posted by: A friend   May 28, 2014