Brian O’Neill 1955-2005, Bonerama Trombonist

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While browsing the Bonerama website I was shocked to see the news of the passing of trombonist Brian O’Neill. A charter member of the New Orleans band, he was a friendly and gentle man and before one of his Parrot gigs I particularly remember him taking the time to chat up a few young musicians in the audience, asking them what instruments they played and what their taste was in music. He was very enthusiastic about his craft and appeared eager to pass it on whenever he had a chance, a good example being an afternoon clinic they staged for the Key West High School band. He seemed always ready to “give some back”.