Harry had a wonderful career as a professional musician. He died February 3, 2005 at
the age of 77. You'll find a chronicle of his life as a professional musician,
show producer, and husband to Barbara HERE.
Harry had a wonderful sense of humor. Since he died, I have often recalled the day some twenty years ago when Harry and I were driving in Chicago and had passed a tombstone factory and began to muse about what our own headstones might say about us. I remember how hard Harry laughed when, in a rare flash of genius, I said to
him, "If you should precede me to the great beyond, I know exactly what I'll have inscribed on your
"Here lies Harry Brabec.
He finally took his drum and beat it."
As it turned out, Harry chose to be cremated, so I sent him off with a pair of
drumsticks in his hands.