- LeRoi Moore
Infobox musical artist
Name = LeRoi Moorecite web |url=http://dmband.com/member/leroi/ |title=The Official Dave Matthews Band Website :: Member |accessdate=2008-08-20 |publisher=Dave Matthews Band]
Img_capt = 300px
Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Born = birth date|mf=yes|1961|9|7|mf=y
Durham, North Carolina, U.S.
Died = death date and age|mf=yes|2008|8|19|1961|9|7|46,
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Origin = Charlottesville,
Saxophone, flute, penny whistle
Genre = Rock,
Years_active = 1991-2008
Label = RCA
Dave Matthews Band
URL = [http://www.davematthewsband.com davematthewsband.com]
Notable_instruments = Selmer Mark VI Saxophones
Selmer Super Balanced Action Saxophones
Buescher True-Tone Saxophones
LeRoi Holloway Moore (September 7, 1961 – August 19, 2008) was an American
saxophonistbest known as a founding member of Dave Matthews Band. Moore often arranged music for the songs written by frontman Dave Matthews. Moore also co-wrote many of the band's songs, notably "Too Much" and "Stay (Wasting Time)".
Moore was born on September 7, 1961 in
Durham, North Carolinato Roxie Holloway Moore and Albert P. Moore. [cite web|url=http://www.legacy.com/DailyProgress/Obituaries.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonId=116350026|title=Obituaries: Charlottesville Daily Press|publisher=Charlottesville Daily Press|accessdate=2008-08-28] Raised in Virginia, he attended college at James Madison Universityin Harrisonburg, Virginiastudying tenor saxophoneand later became an accomplished jazz musician in Charlottesville, Virginiaplaying with artists such as John D'earthand Dawn Thompson[http://members.tripod.com/~dancinnanci/leroibio.html] . Moore began playing professionally after a brief stay in college. Moore helped found the Charlottesville Swing Orchestra (1982), and the John D'earth Quintet. The latter played at Miller's, a Charlottesville bar, every Thursday night in the late 1980s, where Moore first met Dave Matthews in 1991. [Cite book |title=The Dave Matthews Band: Step Into the Light |last=Delancey |first=Morgan |publisher=ECW Press |date=2001 |isbn=1550224433] In an effort to bring in some instrumental help for some songs Matthews had written, Moore began recording songs with Matthews. [cite web |url=http://dmband.com/history/history/ |title=The Official Dave Matthews Band Website :: History |accessdate=2008-08-20 |publisher=Dave Matthews Band]
Moore played bass, baritone, tenor, alto, and soprano
saxophones, as well as the flute, bass clarinetthe wooden penny whistle, and the oboefor one show on June 14, 2008in Hartford, Connecticut, just over two weeks before his accident. Moore's woodwind technician, David Saull, notes that Moore had "quite an extensive horn collection". As of 2002, it included a Buescher bass saxophone, Selmer Mark VI and Yamaha baritone saxophones, two Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophones, two Selmer Mark VI alto saxophones, a Yamaha soprano, and a Selmer Super-80 Series 3 soprano, according to Saull.Fact|date=August 2008
In addition to performing with the Dave Matthews Band, Moore appeared on
Code Magenta's self-titled album, and on Soko's album " In November Sunlight".
Moore was injured on June 30, 2008, in an ATV accident on his farm outside Charlottesville, Virginia, [cite news |publisher=Reuters |title=Dave Matthews Band saxophonist dies |url=http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080820/en_nm/matthewsband_moore_dc_1 |date=2008-08-19] breaking several ribs and puncturing a lung, [cite news|publisher=TMZ|title= Dave Matthews Band Member Dead|url=http://www.tmz.com/2008/08/19/dave-matthews-band-member-dead/] and was hospitalized at UVA for several days. His last live performance took place two days prior at the
Nissan Pavilionin Bristow, Virginia. [cite web |url=http://dmbalmanac.com/TourShowSet.aspx?id=453056556&tid=98&where=2008 |title=06.28.08 Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge - Bristow, VA |work=DMBAlmanac.com |accessdate=2008-08-23] Jeff Coffin, the saxophonist from Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, stood in for Moore on subsequent tour dates. Though released several days later, Moore was re-hospitalized in mid-July for complications related to the accident.
On August 19, 2008, the official Dave Matthews Band website reported that Moore died of complications from his injuries in the ATV accident. The following statement was released on the band's website:
We are deeply saddened that LeRoi Moore, saxophonist and founding member of Dave Matthews Band, died unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon, August 19, 2008, at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles from sudden complications stemming from his June ATV accident on his farm near Charlottesville, Virginia. LeRoi had recently returned to his Los Angeles home to begin an intensive physical rehabilitation program. [cite web |url=http://www.dmband.com/news/2008/8 |title=The Official Dave Matthews Band Website :: News |publisher=Dave Matthews Band|date=2008-08-19|accessdate=2008-08-19]
Dave Matthews paid tribute to Moore on August 19, 2008 at the
Staples Center, Los Angeles, after the band's first song of the performance, "Bartender". [Cite web |url=http://www.accesshollywood.com/article/10937/dave-matthews-bands-leroi-moore-passes-away/ |title=Dave Matthews Band’s LeRoi Moore Passes Away |publisher= Access Hollywood|date=2008-08-20 |accessdate=2008-08-20] "We all had some bad news today," Matthews told the sold-out crowd. "Our good friend LeRoi Moore passed on and gave his ghost up today and we will miss him forever." Fans then shouted Moore's name in remembrance. [cite web|url=http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20220249,00.html |publisher=People |accessdate=2008-08-20 |date=2008-08-20 |title=Dave Matthews Pays Tribute to Band Member |author=Mary Margaret]
On August 27, 2008, LeRoi Moore was buried at Holly Memorial Gardens in Albemarle County. Attendance of the funeral numbered in the hundreds, including Dave Matthews, LeRoi's family, and dedicated fans.
On September 30th, 2008, during a concert in Brazil for the South American Tour, while the Dave Matthews Band was playing the introduction of # 41, Brazilian fans spread white balloons around the concert house in order to perform an homage to LeRoi.
* Selmer Mark VI Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone saxophones
* Selmer Super Balanced Action Alto and Tenor
* Buescher Copper Plated Bass Sax
* Borgani Custom Soprano
* Muramatsu Solid Silver flute
* Abell Wood Flute
* Abell Penny Whistles
* Rico Jazz Select Reeds
* Furman PL-Plus Power Conditioner
* Peterson R450 strobe tuner
* TC Electronic M5000
* Eventide 4500 Ultra-Harmonizer
* Eventide 7500 Ultra-Harmonizer
* [http://www.weeklydavespeak.com/articles/LeRoi_Woodland_Master_103104.php LeRoi Moore, The Influence of a Woodwind Master]
* [http://www.readthehook.com/blog/index.php/2008/08/28/tortured-shining-moore-remembered-by-dave/ ‘Tortured,’ ’shining’ Moore remembered by Dave]
* [http://www.popmatters.com/pm/feature/62593/rip-leroi-moore.html Retrospective of LeRoi Moore]
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