Rhodes even participated in the New York Recorder Ensemble while there.
Then he moved back to Indiana and worked as a paralegal in his father’s law office.
When that wasn’t enough, he started taking classes at Ball State University to earn a degree in music performance, the memorial states.
Later he performed in the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra and with touring orchestras alongside entertainers like Henry Cuesta, Frankie Lain and Kaye Starr.
Rhodes also was widely respected as a musical arranger. His arrangements have been played by symphony orchestras in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Elkhart, Richmond, Muncie, Lafayette and Kokomo. His arrangements for marching and concert bands have even been used by the U.S. Army Band and by the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regimental Band in England, the memorial states.
Broman said he’s touched a lot people.
That includes the chief music producer for Disney Productions, Rick Mizell.
Mizell stopped by the Kokomo Park Band’s Facebook page to write, “So so sorry to hear this. His attitude was to be admired. His musical talents to be envied. His humor to be endured. There isn’t another Rhodes out there. God speed. Thanks for the friendship over these many years.”
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