Big Band Drummer Sonny Igoe Dies At 88

Sonny Igoe

Big band drummer Sonny Igoe passed away Wednesday from a heart attack.

The 88-year-old was mentored by Gene Krupa and most widely recognized for his work in Dick Meldonian & Sonny Igoe And Their Big Swing Jazz Band. He toured with orchestras led by names like Tommy Reed, Les Elgart, Ina Ray Hutton, Benny Goodman and Woody Herman.

He also taught drums from a New York studio and then from his Emerson home.

"For 30 years he saw more than 40 students a week," his son said. "He worked with anyone serious about studying. He saw aspiring professionals and a lot of hard-core enthusiasts and hobbyists."

Mr. Igoe continued seeing students even after a small stroke six years ago caused him to give up performing.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Becker Funeral Home in Westwood.