Remembering Warren: ‘So Many Bands And Jams And Good Times’

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Warren Stirtzinger (Supplied photo)

By Stan Szymkow, Special to the blog

Warren Stirtzinger, a great musician and human being, passed away Sunday, December 4. Way too early… way too early for all whom he touched.

I’ve played in bands with Warren off-and-on for the last 43 years. It seems like yesterday, when we played our first “jam” together. Then, it was in a real band, Stan Drobnich and The Variations. So many bands and jams and good times. Always good times, because of one simple thing: Warren was there to make me, or anyone else in the band, sound GOOD. That was his mission.

Warren could do everything, including rock or funk or polka or jazz-fusion or straight-ahead jazz or Dixieland-traditional. He accomplished that playing a “mean” guitar, bass guitar, banjo or ukulele. When accompanying me, he just had that special touch, making me stand out during a solo, or ensemble playing. That was the music end of it.

He also was a great friend…a listener. Great sense of humour. Great sense of comedic timing. Any kind of encounter with Warren always resulted in a few laughs; or, “My God, what a solo, man”; or, a few tears.

These last few days, though, there have been many tears; yet, many everlasting memories brought forth. Good memories of my dear friend and musical partner-in-crime, Warren Stirtzinger.

Rest In Peace…

Warren Stirtzinger, far right, is pictured here with fellow members of The Live Band, from left: Stan Szymkow, Bob Secord, Randy Stirtzinger and Steve Sipos, circa 1985. The band had its start in 1977. (Supplied photo)

Warren Stirtzinger, far right, is pictured here with fellow members of The Live Band, from left: Stan Szymkow, Bob Secord, Randy Stirtzinger and Steve Sipos, circa 1985. The band had its start in 1977. (Supplied photo)

(Stan Szymkow is a well-known musician in Niagara and beyond, and was for many years a close friend of Warren.)

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