Condolences for George P. Carroll

Sidney Jackson posted on 9/1/21

I learned of Maestro Carroll as a young child learning to play the fife and seeing his name printed in the CWF's red book "Volume I, Quick Marches" attributing credit to his arrangements and drum scores to 18th century aires. Then as a fifer ten years later in Company I, 26th Regt. NCST, I met the Maestro in 1988 while attending the "School of Music" at Old Fort Jackson, Savannah, GA. It was like meeting a classical composer of the nature following Mozart, Bach, or Beethoven. The love of the music, the dedication to helping one improve their individual musicianship through instruction and the grading of the IAFM performance levels of difficulty. The kind patience of a devoted teacher to the pupil learning the long roll and combining the rudiments into music. If you were ever fortunate enough to perform with and experience the flawless beatings and crispness in execution of every tap, stroke, flam, and roll of the drum performed in the hands of a master, that was George P. Carroll. Always the instructor, the disciplinarian, the leader. He called me back to teach fife that next year and for many years we worked together in promoting the unique and shared connection to history via the music we lived and breathed into every seminar and young musician. My condolences to Cathy, Nathan (whom he spoke of very affectionately), surviving grandchildren and all touched in his passing. "Fife's up! Fife's ready!"

 

Steve Bunker posted on 5/18/20

George, you will be so missed by those of us who knew you and your amazing talents. The world is a better place because you graced it. I wish we had found the time to swap stories about old times in Scotia. You will be long remembered.

 

Tim & Linda Fensch posted on 5/18/20

My two sons, my wife and I attended several of George's camps of instruction at Old Fort Jackson in Savannah, Georgia. He was everything an excellent teacher should be: kind, entertaining, funny, stern (when he necessary) and very knowledgeable. My wife and I were only spectators but we enjoyed the weekends as much as our sons. George gave much to the worlds of music and reenacting and will truly be missed, but his legacy will continue for many years with the students he trained.

 

Baltimore Civil War Museum posted on 4/25/20

George was invited to Drum for the Dedication of the President Street Station (Baltimore Civil War Museum) in January 1995. Governor William Donald Schaefer was very entertained by George and his Drummers Performance. I also remember George and Drum Corp performing Martial Music during the Movie Gettysburg with the beginning of Longstreet's Attack (Pickett's Charge) Summer of 1992.

 

Scott W Smith posted on 4/11/20

As a naive director of a fledgling military historic site I reached out to George to help us in developing a field music part of our program. George could have easily brushed me off as a waste of his time. But what happened was a multiyear school of field music at our site combined with the school attendees participating with a local event. One year a parent and her son came from California so her son could learn from George even though we were located in Savannah Georgia. Because of our sites low budgets George agreed to camp or stay at our house as a way to keep expenses down. As our guest my wife and I enjoyed the stories he would tell of his childhood in Canada and became fond of his presence and friendship and support. We will miss that his visits will not occur again. His knowledge and expertise were a national resource.

 

johncrocken posted on 4/11/20

First met George one night on Pulaski Highway - north of Baltimore -with Buck Soistman, as We met up, George got off the band bus to buy a pr of bucks' sticks ----Let the muffled drum roll, but end with a gentle tap for one who has been among us for far too short a time---Brad Spinney

 

Ed Jackson posted on 4/10/20

I met George at the 125th reenactment of the battle of Antietam. I was awakened to his "drummer's call". I had never heard a rope drum played so beautifully. It was 6:00 a m. I immediately rushed to his side and became a student of the great Drum Major George Phillip Carroll. We worked together for many years, at reenactments and at Old Fort Jackson in Savannah Georgia. I learned more from George than I can relate to you here. He was the best! I was already an accomplished drummer, having been the drum instructor for the 1st Marine Division Drum and Bugle Corps. But my experience was elementary compared to the expertise that he offered. He helped me learn the history and fine techniques of historic drumming that would have been lost without his tireless work. The world has lost a true Master of his trade. There will never be a more accomplished and dedicated master of drumming than George Carroll. What a loss! Thank you George!

 

T. Howard Curtis III posted on 4/8/20

Hello Cathy, I’m not quite sure you remember me, suffice it to say, Mr. Carroll had a profound influence on me as drummer, percussionist and most importantly as a human being. His singular energy with his craft, certainly influenced me greatly and it’s no stretch of the imagination to say that were it not for him, I would not be where I am today. Most certainly were I now in the States and not quarantined, I would have participated in Mr. Carroll’s celebration. I do wish you well right now and certainly hope you may gain some solace in the the knowledge of the totality of the influence, knowledge and level of musical excellence Mr. Carroll was able to passionately impart to all as I certainly remember. Do take care.

 

Maureen Vollet posted on 4/3/20

Sincere Condolences from George’s second daughter, Maureen Vollet (born Carroll, 1955) and his two granddaughters Jacqueline Maloney (born 1977) and Jennifer Maloney Adab (born 1979). George is also survived by his three great grandsons, Arian Adab (born 2014), Andre Adab (born 2017) and Theodis Luther (born 2017) in British Columbia, Canada. We are sad that we didn’t get to know him.

 

Bonnie (BJ) Enderle posted on 3/29/20

Cathy, we haven't talked in a long time and I really miss that. My heart goes out to you in the loss of George. I just saw the obituary today (3-28-2020), and was sad to confirm what I had heard. George was a major influence in my life and the lives of so many young musicians. You and I were best friends when we met George, and I treasure that friendship even today. I pray that God will give you comfort now and always.

 

Duke Thompson posted on 3/28/20

George was our first drum instructor at Maryland Conservatory of music. He was such a great colleague and he helped me as I was putting the conservatory together to construct some great programs. He brought his big band up several times to play at our annual dinner Galas. I would always ask him to play the Gene Krupa style, which he was so good at. My best to George’s family. George was a great person.