12/02/11 at 23:28 |
I have fond memories of Ro from choir, marching band, band camp, and the frame up. I can't begin to express what an inpact this man had on my life. I learned so much from this HIP man. I knew him as a young girl, as my Mother work at Souht High. Ro always gave her an Argus and called Mom his "girl
friday". I remeber so many things about Ro. One of my favorite memories is singing "Oh come all ye faithful" walking into the gym by candle light. I am happy to see a living memorial in his name. South and the community have a way to let future students know just what this man could do. Hey Dad, I'm Hip".
08/13/10 at 00:45
|Patrica (Pat Meyer) Nelson|| |
I know it's a little late, but I just found out about Mr. P's passing. I'm heartsick. He was the greatest and all of us who knew him were better people for having him in our lives. I was in the choir and madrigal and South High from 1959-1962. During that time we won many competitions. I also remember when we combined with some of the other High School choirs and sang the Hallelujah Chorus (500 voices). He of course directed and it was an experience of a lifetime. I moved out of state in 1968, but when I would get back to Ohio I would always try to get ahold of him and when I did, he would always remember me, no matter how long it had been. How can you say good bye to someone who has meant so much to you in your teen years. God Bless you Mr. P and God Bless your beautiful family. God now has the best choir director for his angel chorus.
05/10/10 at 14:54
|Carole Eisbrenner D'Amico|| Email|
I knew Romeo from Geneva High School back in the 50's and always admired him. I was fortunate to have had private saxophone lessons from him each week. I played E flat alto sax and was always so tickled when he would play a duet with me. He, without any doubt, was the best teacher I ever had!
I was so devastated when I heard of his passing as, I do believe, he impacted everyone that he came in contact with through the years. He was a wonderfully talented man! The world was a better place when he was around. I will miss him but feel blessed that our paths crossed for a short time.
05/08/10 at 13:00
No one influenced my life more than Ro Pallante. I will never forget all the good times that we had with Dwight Pelton, Ted Saunway, John Pasqualone, Ro and myself in Pep band, Jazz band, concert band and marching band.
05/06/10 at 11:27
I regret I will not be able to sing in the tribute concert or attend. I was afforded the opportunity of singing for Ro and the Lakeland Chorus for many years off and on beginning in 1977 and also attending music reading workshops every year with him from 1977 until the early 90s. I also had some chances to interact with him as a customer for his picture framing business and we sometimes talked "insurance" after his retirement from teaching during his 2nd career in the insurance business. I learned a lot from him over the years about music--but mainly I learned what it means to be "busy" and to have an interesting and engaging personality.
05/02/10 at 23:04
|Michele Suchetka Hoss '72|| Email|
Although I was a band member, some of my fondest life memories are from "band camp" where Mr. P was assistant to Mr. Duer. We had so much fun working hard all day and getting into as much trouble at night as we could....always to be caught!! I graduated with Ginny and remember fondly what a wonderful family they were. Lucky were those who were graced with his presence.
04/11/10 at 23:43
I was privileged to come under the spell of this musical "Pied Piper" in the mid-1950's. I was a student in the choir at Geneva High School, and Romeo had just joined us as our band and choir director. This was fairly early in his career. However, his goals in music education were already evident. That is, to expose every student to ALL kinds of music; and in doing so, hopefully plant the "seeds" and build the framework that would lead to a lifetime of musical enjoyment. He exposed us to everything from Brubeck and the Beatles - to Beethoven and Puccini. How can you not love a teacher who would typically end a sentence with "Yeah, man, I'm hip" - and the next minute he would have you listening intently to a synopsis of Carmen or La Boheme (sneaking in an occasional "hip expression" to lighten it up a little).
Well, this student "got the message". Even today, over 50 years later, every time I attend a musical performance - whether it's jazz or opera - I still say a silent "thank you" to this kind and gracious man whose contribution to my enjoyment of music I will never forget.
Geneva HS - Class of '57
04/05/10 at 14:01
I moved to Willoughby in my Junior year and hated leaving my other high school and the choir in which I participated. I tried out for the South High choir and Mr. P accepted me. In 1965 (the year I graduated) we took No. 1 in the state. Mr. P was a wonderful teacher and although I already loved music he taught me to appreciate it. My tenure in his choir made moving high schools worth it. I still sing as a part of my church choir and a small ladies ensemble. How can I ever forget this great teacher, who turned out to be my next door neighbor.
03/30/10 at 09:29
We've all had many teachers. Romeo is the ONLY one I've had whom I would consider an icon! And I was only in his choir for one year. Thank you, and God Bless you Romeo.
03/26/10 at 15:55
I sang in the Willoughby Methodist Church choir for years and knew "Mr. Pallante" as a fixture in the Willoughby/Cleveland music scene. Ginny and I graduated together and the Pallante family was ever-present in my life. What a great teacher, mentor and inspiration this talented man was! He touched so many lives in so many walks of life, I am honored to say that I knew him. While he will be missed, his contributions to all our lives will always be with us.