I spent many mornings chatting with Andrew about music, theater, and towards the end, the maddening red tape he faced getting social services.
I loved listening to his accordion. My favorite thing he played on it was "Because" by The Beatles. Those harmonies were great on the accordion and he played with a gentle, haunting feel. I'll miss him.
The first I became aware of Andy's talent was when we saw him as Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof. I believe there were two Hammonds in lead roles in that show. The talent , along with Keith Parsky, Karin Kasdin, and Anna Lank,was beyond impressive. So when I joined the cast of JB with Andy, I was so intimidated. however, he made all of us feel that we had equal amounts of talent. I didn't, but he made me feel special. We went on to many more Tom Avery productions together both in BHS and summer programs..... Andy coached us thru our million runs of "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown". He was a pleasure to work with as well as a privilege to have shared a stage with .
A gentile soul who found love in his music. RIP Andrew Hammond.
Kudos on the evocative article about my brother Andy. He was indeed a unique and talented individual, and it would have pleased him very much to know that people are remembering his music and his stories.
So very sad. I'm glad I had a chance to know Andy. Love and condolences to his brother Chris - my classmate - and the rest of his family.
Andy was the kindest upperclassman at BHS when we were aspiring Thespians. Always had kind words and a smile for all. RIP my highschool friend and please continue to entertain all of our classmates. Give Mr.Avery a big hello.
Oh, what a sweet man. We'll miss him.
I met Andy during the production of Mercury Opera Rochester's production of Showboat. He was just one of the nicest people I ever met, very down-to-earth, very smart, and very talented. I would see him whenever I went past Javas and I always worried if he had had enough to eat, was he warm enough. He would never ask anyone for anything, but sometimes I would get him a coffee and one of javas jumbo-sized cookies. I have no idea if he even liked sweets, but he always graciously accepted it. I'm really sad to hear that he passed on.
Andy was a very beautiful person. When I was teaching at Brighton High School through the artist in residence program in the early 70's, I had the privilege of having him in my class. Hem, even then was supremely talented person. He shall be missed/
Nice article - beautiful art work
!! Nice write-up !!
Thank you so much for the love!
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You were always talented and still are!! Great review,Marlene
Thank you for pointing out the correct email address. We've also corrected it in the story.
Hey everyone sorry but the correct email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
I was stationed in the US Army in Fuerth / Nuremberg in 1970-71 not far from the Palace of Justice, and have followed the history of the war and the atrocities committed against all people. I think people should see this play and beware of what mankind can do against peace loving people.
I'd be interested in seeing if this is middle school age appropriate. I'm gonna try to make it for one of the shows. We are always looking for venues to help the students learn about this part of history.
Michael, thank you for pointing that out. The story has been updated to reflect those corrections.
A couple of corrections : The Group I started in Rochester in 1980 was Masque Enterprises. Rainbow Theatre was the group I started in Knoxville in 1994. I moved to Knoxville in 1994
Thank you Mr. Raymond for a fine article.
Different people obviously have different types of programs on Connections that they find interesting, or not.
Personally, I do not miss whatsoever the garden shows, the antiques/collectibles shows, and the home repair shows. Whenever I tuned in and one of those three topics was on, I found a different station to listen to.
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