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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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Cina, please accept my condolences on the loss of your dad. Reading his obituary, I wish I'd had the opportunity to know him! May the peace of Christ be with you in great abundance in the days ahead. I'll be thinking of you and your family.
Tom Brown

Posted by: A friend   May 28, 2014

Ray was a great and gentle man. For those of us who were not his trumpet students, he gave lessons in living a joyful and grateful life. He saw wonder in all things and endless possibilities in all people.

Posted by: Steve & Nancy Rooks - Austin, TX   May 27, 2014

Hello Angela,

Learning today of Ray's passing leaves me with both great sadness and wonderful memories of our New York years. I always felt good when Ray walked into the studio for whatever the musical situation was that we were called for. aI I knew I would walk out having learned something valuable.

Ray was a gentle man and a gentleman with the highest level of ethics and integrity as a friend, a colleague, and musician. He was a highlight in my musical life.

May he rest peacefully...
Al Stewart

Posted by: Al Stewart - Sarasota, FL - colleague trumpet player   May 27, 2014

My heart is with you, Angela, and your children. As I look at Ray's beautiful
smile, it is easy to remember so many times
at 5 Paradise Drive for lessons and advice.
He had a gift for showing me the better path
when I was in need, and was my guide through
the tough years of being a free-lance player
in New York. Often I wonder how he would feel about the methods I teach the kids here
at home, and recall vividly his tone and
conventional approach to the trumpet. Thanks
for giving me encouragement during the rides back to the train station.

Posted by: John McSpadden - College Station, TX   May 27, 2014

Mr. Crisara was a wonderful teacher. He was an amazing musician in the finest sense of the word. He could play in any style.
I took some lessons with Mr. Crisara as an elective while getting my masters degree at NYU. I'll never forget him demonstrating and playing duets with me.
Mr. Crisara was a true gentleman

Larry Malin

Posted by: Lawrence Malin - New York, NY - Student   May 27, 2014

Ray such a special person, I called up on him to participate in the Tribute to Harvey Phillips in the year 2000, Harvey and Ray were great friends, and both were admired by everyone that they came in contact.
I so enjoyed having lunch a few times a year with Ray, I felt so much better as a person when the lunch was over, everything seemed better.
Well now the Lord has another source of entertainment by the greatest trumpet player ever,

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Posted by: Rex Sagle - Houston, VA - friend   May 27, 2014

We are saddened by the passing of Ray Crisara. As a member of the West Point Band in the late 1950s, I had the good fortune of meeting and studying with
this superb musician and wise counselor. My wife, Peggy and I will forever cherish the memories of evenings spent with Angela and Ray in Hartsdale, NY

Posted by: Joe and Peggy Greco - Pawling, NY   May 27, 2014

Thank you for being the best example of what a great musician, trumpet player, teacher and human being can be.
We should all strive to be like you.
Terry Sawchuk

Posted by: Terry Sawchuk - Denver, CO - friend/fellow trumpeter   May 27, 2014

A remarkable teacher, musician, human being. I admired him greatly.
- Bryce Jordan

Posted by: A friend   May 27, 2014

Our times with Ray the past 25 years will leave us with the fondest of memories anyone could ever ask for. He was the kindest, most thoughtful, and loving person our Lord ever created. We will miss his smiling face and friendship. Larry and Dottie

Posted by: Larry and Dottie Shima - Mesa, AZ - Phil is our Son in Law   May 27, 2014