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Remembering Former Faculty Member Percussionist Marvin D. Dahlgren

April 16, 2018

Marvin D. Dahlgren, former U of M School of Music faculty member, passed away on Friday, April 6, 2018. His career included a nearly 50-year tenure as principal percussionist and assistant timpanist with the Minnesota Orchestra, teaching positions at various universities, and appearances as a drummer and vibraphonist with local and national jazz greats. He was a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony and has many recordings to his credit. Dahlgren was also the owner of a drum shop, author of numerous well-known drum method books, and composer of jazz tunes. 

A musical celebration of his life is planned for Sunday, June 17 from 1-5 pm at the MacPhail Center for Music (501 S. 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN). His final resting place will be at Fort Snelling in honor of his military service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to one of the following organizations: Second Harvest Heartland, MacPhail Center for Music, American Heart Association.