Cuban Trumpeter Sergio Pichardo dies

Cuban Trumpeter Sergio Pichardo dies
LA HABANA, Aug 16 (PL) Cuban culture mourns the death of trumpeter Sergio Pichardo, who was chosen to interpret the touch of silence at the solemn ceremony in memory of Ernesto Che Guevara, in October 1967.

Pichardo, 76, died yesterday, his ashes will be exhibited today from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (local time) in the José White Concert Hall, one of the stages where his talent shone in this western city, where he was born and lived.

Instrumentalist, arranger, teacher and director, his departure is an irreparable loss to music and leaves a valuable legacy to his students and colleagues who will remember him for his values ​​as a father, husband, and musician said specialist Lourdes Fernández Valhuerdi.

Numerous orchestras in the province of Matanzas had the simplicity and talent of Pichardo, who showed his art in several countries and played as the first trumpet of the Riverside, a popular group distinguished by the voice of José Antonio Tenreiro Gómez (Tito Gomez).

He learned together with great orchestral masters such as Mario Romeu, Rodrigo Pratts, and Adolfo Guzmán, he was part of the Yaguarimú dance group of Matanzas, and since 2009 he founded and directed the Casino Bellamar orchestra, unique to the jazz band format in Matanzas.

In an interview with Granma newspaper, he said that although that execution with only 24 years of age during the tribute to Che Guevara in the Cuban capital lasted only about 30 seconds, he remembered that brief moment as an important moment in his long musical life.