Clarinetist Joe Torregano, who played in a variety of traditional brass bands, passed away yesterday, October 6. NOLA.com reports that Terregano died of cancer at his home in La Place. He was 63.
Torregano performed with the Young Tuxedo, Exclesior, Olympia and Original Royal Players brass bands at different points throughout his life. He also taught a number of musicians, including Christian Scott and Victor Goines, during his 30 year career as a band instructor at local schools like Gregory Junior High, John McDonough High School and East St. John High School. His most recent job was as a teacher at New Orleans’ Ellis Marsalis Center for Music.