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AUG. 27, 1976 -- JULY 13, 2004

A memorial service for Scott E. Parkinson, principal trombonist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, will be at 3 p.m. today in First Presbyterian Church, One Symphony Circle. Private burial will be near McLean, Va.

Mr. Parkinson died unexpectedly Tuesday in his Buffalo home. He was 27.

Born into a musical family in Washington, D.C., Mr. Parkinson was a member of McLean High School's Highlander Band. He also performed with Brass of Peace and was active in the Virginia Youth Symphony.

Mr. Parkinson was a third-generation student at Eastman School of Music, where he received a bachelor's degree in music and a performer's certificate. He later received a master's degree from Juilliard School of Music. He joined the Philharmonic in 2000 as a second trombonist. He became principal trombonist in January.

Mr. Parkinson was an adjunct professor of trombone at Fredonia State College and maintained a small teaching studio in his home. During the summer, he was a member of the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra in Wisconsin.

He had performed with several other orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic and Houston Symphony. He was a member of Extension Ensemble, the first brass quintet in the history of the Aspen Music Festival.

Mr. Parkinson co-founded United Brass, a brass ensemble comprised of musicians from around the world. He performed as a soloist on many occasions, and debuted in 1997 at Kennedy Center as a finalist in the National Symphony Orchestra's Young Artists Competition.

Mr. Parkinson received the Lewis Van Haney Philharmonic Prize from the International Trombone Association in 1999.

A resident of a historic Buffalo neighborhood, he enjoyed woodworking and cooking and had a great love of the outdoors. He and his wife, the former Robin Leech, were active members of First Presbyterian Church.

Besides his wife, a bassoonist and music educator he met while both were attending Juilliard, survivors include his parents, Leonard and Judith of McLean, and a sister, Jennifer Ann of Baltimore.


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