It is with deep sadness that I acknowledge the passing of a teacher, mentor and collegue Mr. Chuck Silverman on May 1st 2014.
Chuck was the first teacher I encountered at Musicians Institute. I’ll never forget that first day when he walked in to the classroom and said to a room full of 40 drummers who didn’t know each other, that we were all going to play in front of the class that day. Welcome to Hollywood!
Chuck meant a lot to me, he was very passionate about teaching and he was especially passionate about Cuban music and Afro-Cuban rhythms. He would allow students to bring him blank cassette tapes and within a few days he would return the tapes full of wonderful music to listen to. I learned a lot from him and after school I studied with him at his home. He was very funny and drew students in with his wit, humor, creativity and fun approach to learning. We even played some shows together (in different bands) and I enjoyed talking music with him every time I had the chance.
I recently visited M.I. and sat in on his class. He remembered me but could not recall my name. He made that an ongoing joke during the class, occasionally and suddenly attempting to guess my name. He had the students and me laughing while he still had them focused on the material and the final exam that was upcoming.
After the class we talked about getting together up on the central coast. He told me he was planning on coming up during the break. I was looking forward to hanging out with him. I called him a few times hoping to hear that he was heading up soon but unfortunately it never happened.
I feel like an opportunity to hang out with him was taken away but at the same time I’m glad I saw him that day back on March 6th. I am saddened by his passing and my thoughts go out to his family, friends, colleagues and students that were closer to him than I.
Thanks for everything Chuck, you will be sorely missed.