August 12, 1935 - November 10, 2016
By Tommy Banks01
The founders of the Yardbird Suite in 1957 were Neil Gunn (the only
non-musician), Terry Hawkeye (the instigator), Ron Repka, Ken
Chaney, Zen Magus, Ray Magus, and Garry Nelson.
All (excepting Neil) were members of the Ron Repka Big Band. Garry
Nelson played both trumpet and bass. Garry was among the cooler and
more-practical members of that original group of Yardbird Suite
visionaries. He and his lovely wife Marilyn were among the
most-dedicated of all the Suite's volunteer originators.
Garry and Marilyn moved to Calgary to pursue successful non-musical
careers. Garry passed away on November 10th 2016, and will be sadly
missed by all those who remember the Suite's exciting early days.
We have lost track of Neil Gunn despite considerable efforts in
tracking him down. In Garry's passing we may have lost the last of
the Suite's originators.
We owe Garry profound thanks for his important part in the Suite's