Posted February 14, 2007

In Memoriam Curtis C. Harmon

Curtis C. Harmon
Photo courtesy Temple Music Prep
Curtis C. Harmon, a jazz faculty member for the Temple Music Preparatory Division of the Boyer College of Music and Dance, died Jan. 22 of multiple organ failure.

Harmon was a longtime member of the Temple University family, having graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music composition and served as a faculty member for the Boyer College.

He also served as the head of Jazz Studies for Boyer from 1986 to 1992.

Harmon taught jazz for Temple Music Prep from 1974 until shortly before his passing.



In addition to his passion for teaching, Harmon enjoyed performing and serving as a mentor to young musicians. Not only did he play with such legends as Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan, Billy Eckstine and Dave Brubeck, Harmon also served as mentor to the Philadelphia contemporary jazz band Pieces of a Dream.

Before coming to Temple, Harmon served as house pianist at Stokesay Castle and as a music instructor at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s department of community programs. He was named music director of the Thomas Eakins House at the museum. He also taught at Community College of Philadelphia, Settlement Music School and the Jenkintown Music School.

Harmon is survived by his wife, Florence, sons William and Daniel, six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a sister.

Services were private. A musical tribute was held at Temple University on Feb. 18.

Memorial donations may be sent to Temple Music Prep, Curtis Harmon Memorial Fund, Temple University Center City, 1515 Market St., suite 501, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

Checks may be made payable to “Temple Music Prep.” Contributions will support the Jazz Ensemble of the Community Music Scholars Program by providing scholarships for financially disadvantaged Philadelphia school-age children.

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