John Richard Raush

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Obituary

Raush, John Richard John Raush, retired musician and professor of music, died Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge. He was 70, born June 30, 1936, in Chicago. He studied with Otto Kristufek, timpanist of the Chicago Opera Orchestra and while attending Northwestern University of Illinois was a student of Edward Metzinger, timpanist of the Chicago Symphony. He was a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra and the orchestra of the Berkshire Music Festival, Tanglewood, where he studied with Roman Sule, timpanist of the Boston Symphony, and played under the direction of Charles Munch and Leonard Bernstein. He moved to Louisiana to play in the Shreveport Symphony, graduated magna cum laude from Centenary College and later received a master of music education degree from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches and became professor of percussion and director of bands at NSU. He received a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Texas in Austin, where he was a member of the Austin Symphony. In 1977, he moved to Baton Rouge to join the faculty of the LSU School of Music and also joined the Baton Rouge Symphony as timpanist. During his 19 years on the faculty of the LSU School of Music, he served as assistant dean, associate dean and interim dean. Under his direction, the LSU Percussion Ensemble achieved international recognition. It was awarded first place in the 1988 national collegiate competition and was featured in a showcase concert at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in San Antonio. During the 1989-90 symphony season, he was featured as soloist with the Baton Rouge Symphony in Marshal Griffith's "Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra" in performances in Baton Rouge and Lafayette. He also appeared as soloist with the Louisiana Sinfonietta and the LSU Wind Ensemble. He has performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall both in ensemble performances and as soloist in the world premiere of Dinos Constantinides' "China III" with LSU saxophonist Griffin Campbell at the World Saxophone Congress in Kawasake, Japan, and as principal timpanist with the Baton Rouge Symphony in the Isaac Stem Auditorium in Carnegie Hall. His interest in keyboard-mallet instrumental performance is reflected in articles he wrote for journals such as The Instrumentalist and Percussive Notes. His reviews of new percussive music appeared regularly in Percussive Notes and Notes, quarterly journal of the Music Library Association. His arrangements of percussion music are being performed and featured on CDs by college percussion ensembles across the nation. In his leisure time, he enjoyed woodworking and created percussion accessories in use by several major orchestras. He is survived by his wife, Linda Williams Raush; a daughter, Rosalind Raush Beyersdorf and her husband, Michael; sons, Anthony William Raush and wife Lani, Jonathan Richard Raush, Jeremy Joel Raush and Nicholas Charles Raush; granddaughter, Emma Gabrielle Raush; and cousin, Edward Kozak. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bessie Kozak Raush and John Anton Raush; and son, John Joseph Raush. Visitation will be at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., was on Monday, Nov. 20, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visitation at the funeral home on Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 1 p.m. until funeral service at 3 p.m. Interment at Resthaven Gardens of Memory. Pallbearers will be Richard Norem, James West, Frank Wickes, Edward Kozak, Larry Campbell and Wallace McKenzie. Memorial donations can be made to the LSU School of Music Scholarship Fund, at LSU School of Music, Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2504.
Published in TheAdvocate.com from Nov. 20 to Nov. 21, 2006
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