JAD Coach Don Loose
- My close friend and quartet-mate, Don Loose, passed away suddenly last weekend.
Don followed in the footsteps of his father, Bob Loose, who was a highly-regarded coach in both JAD and MAD; Don received the JAD Coach Of The Year award in 2000-2001 (which was named, incidentally, in honor of his father). Don was also an enthusiast in a cappella vocal jazz, and was founder of the New England Close Harmony Ensemble during his USAF career. I was privileged to sing in his latest endeavor, Nuance, during this last decade. Life won't be the same without Don's uplifting and generous presence.
Memorial arrangements have been necessarily delayed, but a Celebration of his life is now planned for this Sunday afternoon, Nov. 1, in Dayton Ohio. I will post details ASAP.