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Please accept my deepest and sincere sympathy on the loss of Mr. Walter Barzenick. May he join that heavenly orchestra and grace it with his technique and tone. I always think of him when I hear the Mozart Clarinet Concerto.

I was a clarinet major in the mid-70's, also had him for woodwind methods, woodwind repair and clarinet ensemble. Under his mentoring, I became a band director/instrumental music teacher. It was with great pride that with his teachings, my students would place higher at auditions than other woodwind teacher's students.


Posted by: Darlin Brady-Caro - Destrehan, LA - Student   Oct 14, 2021

A wonderful man, a great professor, and a friendly co-professor. He gave guiding advice to young students, kind assistance to fellow profs, and guiding encouragement to administration, and lasting friendship to everyone he met.

Students, faculty, and friends, will carry his kind face and memories with gratitude for the time they were fortunate to have met Walter Barzenick.

I was a better student, teacher, performer, and professor because of the years he was part of my life.


Posted by: Ron Nethercutt - Clark Freeport Zone PHILIPPI - Coworker   Oct 14, 2021

Piper I am sorry to hear of your father's passing.


Posted by: Stephanie Coleman LeDoux - Baton Rougr, LA - Acquaintance   Oct 13, 2021

Dear Peggy, My now deceased husband and I, Jim Duggan were music students at SLU
from 1960-1964 and remember your dear husband and you very well.

I did not know of his WWII service or other details of his long life and your
life together.

I send my sincere condolence for you and your family.
Sincerely, Judy (Duggan) Meyer.


Posted by: Judy Duggan Meyer - Auburn, GA - Student   Oct 12, 2021

Dr. Barzenick was my clarinet professor while I was at SLU. I learned at lot from him. He was an excellent professor.


Posted by: BG Meadows - School   Oct 12, 2021

I had the pleasure of being a student of his in the latter part of the 90’s. He had such a passion for music. His passion was infectious. Later on in my life I would see him in the local grocery store and I was able to thank him for giving me that same passion for music. My condolences to his family and friends for the loss of such a great man.


Posted by: Dawn Collura - Student   Oct 09, 2021

Where do I begin to express my gratitude for the influence of Walter Barzenick in my life and my teaching career? I was in awe at my first clarinet lesson in the Fall of 1958. I was filled with pride to introduce him as my teacher when he was the soloist with my Fair Park band. Mr. B was responsible for the thrills that I experienced as I performed with the Shreveport Symphony and countless other musical organizations. He influenced

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Posted by: Jim Franklin - Natchez, MS - Student   Oct 09, 2021

Walter certainly lived a full life. I was one of those lucky enough to have Walter as an instructor at SLU back in the day. Please accept Peggy and my condolences.


Posted by: Paul Powell - Hammond, LA - Student   Oct 09, 2021

I was a member of Mr. Barzenick's Woodwind Methods class in the early 1960s, a percussionist studying to become a high school band director. He had the patience of Job of course and I successfully graduated from SLC in 1962. He was a member of that great faculty of that era who helped me become that high school band director and later a college band director. My condolences to his wife and family.

Dr. Charles F. Smith, Jr.


Posted by: Charles Smith - Salisbury, MD - Student   Oct 08, 2021

Peggy and family, I'm sorry about Walter's passing. From reading his obituary I can tell he was an amazing man. May God bring all of you comfort!


Posted by: Glenn Sanchez - Ponchatoula, LA - Family Friend   Oct 08, 2021