Huntington Jazz Musician, Kenneth Revell, Dies at 84

Professional saxophone player taught hundreds of Long Island students throughout long music career.

Professional jazz musician Kenneth E. Revell, of Huntington, died July 30 at the age of 84.

A saxophone player with Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Huntington Community Band and the Long Island Sound Symphony, the longtime Huntington resident was a Jones Beach Band Shell musician for many years. 

Born in Minneapolis, Minn., in 1926, Revell is a former U.S. Navy veteran who lived in Huntington for nearly 50 years.

Well known throughout Long Island as a private music teacher to hundreds of kids on flute, clarinet, and saxophone, Revelle was a band director at Holy Trinity High School in Hicksville and St. Patrick's School in Huntington. 

He is survived by his wife Millie Revell of Huntington; two daughters Diane Schaber of Huntington and Karen Bartels of Huntington Station; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Visitation wil be held Wednesday, Aug. 1 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at  in Huntington.

A prayer service will take place Thursday, Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. at Jacobsen Funeral Home.

Burial is scheduled at Calverton National Cemetery, in Calverton, N.Y. 

Ron August 01, 2012 at 01:34 AM
A wonderful musician, a kind teacher, a lovely man. He will be missed, but his legacy lives on powerfully with the multitudes of students and musicians he influenced over his many years. -- RKS, Huntington
BM August 01, 2012 at 03:31 AM
He was a wonderful man. He taught in the Elwood District back in the 1970's when I was a student there. My dad also a music teacher would sometimes come in volunteer to help ken out. I'm also a music teacher that has been teaching for 25 years and continue to bring the sound of music into childrens lives. He will be missed! BM, Huntington
June M. August 01, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Ken was an incredible man who will be sorely missed.
Mark Yenny August 02, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Ken was a man of quiet Strength and I remember him fondly. My prayers are for Millie and the family-mark Phil 1:6
Suzanne (Burkett) Rizzo August 04, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Mr. Revell was my flute instructor at Holy Trinity High School from 1993-1997. He was the kindest man and most patient teacher I've ever known. He kept a printed quote by Charles Swindoll on his door. I memorized that quote because in high school, attitude is a very important thing. Being a high-schooler is hard, and I think that Mr. Revell really understood that. The quote is as follows: “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.” ~Charles Swindoll Rest in peace, Mr. Revell. Thank you for everything you taught me about music and about life. Your memory will live on.


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