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Edward M. Folger, music teacher, percussionist ; Sept. 26, 1959 -- Dec. 24, 2010

Edward M. Folger, who taught music in the West Seneca school system and played percussion in a variety of musical styles, died Friday in Buffalo General Hospital after battling cancer. He was 51.

The Buffalo native grew up in Cheektowaga and was a graduate of Cheektowaga Central High School. He went on to study music and percussion at the University at Buffalo, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees.

Mr. Folger taught in Lowville, Lewis County, and in Buffalo schools prior to being hired by the West Seneca Central School District, where he was employed the past 16 years.

He taught instrumental music to elementary students at Allendale Elementary and Potters Road schools. In addition, he directed the West Seneca Cadet Marching Band and was guest conductor of the Elementary District Concert Band.

Well-known in Buffalo-area musical circles, Mr. Folger played drums and percussion in jazz ensembles, rock 'n' roll bands and classical groups.

"He played just about any genre you can imagine," noted his brother, Chester. "He was a well-rounded musician."

Mr. Folger was a member of several music organizations, include the National Association for Music Education.

In addition to his brother, survivors include two sons, Collin and Garrett, and a sister, Deborah Brent.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. today in Baker United Memorial Methodist Church, Main and Center streets, East Aurora.

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