21 March 2013 0 Comments

Help Derek Watkins’ family continue the fight to fund Sarcoma research.

Derek-WatkinsTo all of my musician/trumpet playing friends! For those of you who might not be familiar with the name Derek Watkins, he is probably the greatest trumpet player you’ve never heard of. Derek has been the trumpet player on every James Bond film soundtrack ever made. That’s 23 movies! That is in addition to all sorts of other famous recordings and tours over 5 decades. He’s has one of the most beautiful and effortless sounds I’ve ever heard in my entire life!

With regret I have to tell you that Derek is fighting cancer and it has been a very tough battle. Not only do I hope that all of you out there will keep him and his family in your prayers, but I hope you will visit his website to help support his family and friends efforts to raise money and awareness of this very serious form of cancer, Sarcoma. They are accepting donations and are selling a wonderful trumpet T-shirt in order to raise money to fund more research of this awful disease. It’s a great shirt which honors the Super C “Society”, if you will, which is an organization called Sarcoma UK, that Derek and his family have formed to help fund cancer research. Please go to the website and lend a helping hand by buying a shirt, making a donation or just read more about Derek Watkins. He’s absolutely amazing!! His website is: http://www.derekwatkins.co.uk/Derek_Watkins/Welcome.html.

Since posting this  in early March, I regret to say trumpet legend Derek Watkins passed away on March 22, 2013. He will be greatly missed!

Often heard with the Royal Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestras on special recordings, Watkins worked with Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and James Last among many others, also recording with the Beatles, Elton John and Eric Clapton. He taught at the Royal Academy of Music and designed a range of trumpets and flugelhorns much admired by professional players.

Watkins is survived by his wife, Wendy, their children, Sean, Ellie and Sarah, and three grandchildren. Derek’s family will carry on the fight to raise more money to fund cancer research through their website and Sarcoma UK, the organization they and Derek formed 2 years ago shortly after Derek was first diagnosed. Please help them continue their fight!

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