In Memory of Our Silent Musicians -

Corvallis Community Band

Sharing the joy of music with our community


Henry Charbonneau - January 3, 1914 - October 1, 2007 - Oldest Trombone Player

Bob Fraser - August 27, 1925 - February 22, 2013 - Drummer

The Community Band regrets the passing of one of its original members, Bob Fraser.

Bob Fraser

Bob Fraser

Aug. 27, 1925 — Feb. 22, 2013

Robert Arnold Fraser, 87, was born Aug. 27, 1925, in Salem to Robert Angus and Ethel Hall Fraser. When he was 5, he moved to Albany with his parents and his brother, William. He graduated from Albany High School in 1942 and, at age 17, joined the U.S. Navy.

Known as Arnold to his family and Bob to most other people, he was proud of his service in the Navy as a signalman on the USS Buckeye (AN-13) during World War II. Following the war, Bob was hired as a lineman for Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone Company in Corvallis, where he worked for 38 years, retiring from U.S. West as a PBX installer in 1982.

Shortly after the war, Bob met Ina Claire Stanley of Corvallis. They married in 1947.

After retiring, Bob volunteered at Good Samaritan Hospital for 20 years, and he and Ina monitored bluebird boxes in the Corvallis area for the Audubon Society.

Bob’s hobbies included gardening, bird watching, camping and fishing, and he took special pleasure in teaching not only his children but also his nieces, nephews and grandchildren the fine arts of fishing and outdoorsmanship. For many years he was active with Troop 2 in the Oregon Trail Council of Scouting. Bob also was known far and wide for his ability to fix anything

Bob had a lifelong love of music and played the drums for the Corvallis Community Band for more than 26 years. He was a charter member of the band when it formed in 1976. Known as Drummer Bob, he continued to bring joy to family and friends with his drumming until the very end of his life.

Bob died peacefully on Friday, February 22, at Capitol Manor in Salem. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ina; sons, David (Diane) and Douglas (Holly); daughter Deborah (Pete) Helsell; and grandchildren Lincoln (Meagan) Gable, and Dylan, Megan and Andrew Fraser.

The Rev. Glenn Walter Swain Jaquith, 79, of Corvallis died April 22 of complications of pneumonia.

Rev. Swaim

Glenn grew up in Newberg, living for a time on the family homestead in a house that once had been a chicken coop. His education began in a one-room schoolhouse, and later included Lewis & Clark College, the University of Wisconsin, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the University of Oregon.

Music was the medium that spread Glenn’s spirit through the world. He played baritone horn in the 9th Division Army Band, string bass for the Starliters dance band, and both baritone and trumpet in the Corvallis Community Band; taught guitar at Linn-Benton Community College; sang in the Town Choir; and helped found an annual high school arts camp as well as a choir camp for adults.

Glenn taught choral music for 33 years in the Eugene, Cottage Grove and Corvallis school districts. He was Director of Music and led multiple choirs for more than 30 years at First United Methodist Church in Corvallis. After retiring from public school teaching in 1992, Glenn attended seminary; he was eventually ordained in the United Methodist Church and continued to enrich the lives of others as minister of music.

His gentle leadership, mentoring spirit and unbridled enthusiasm for music have played a significant role in influencing the lives of countless persons, both in the church and beyond.

Glenn’s other passions included collecting vintage Volvos, a stint at gold-mining, and traveling the country researching family genealogy in ancient cemeteries and courthouse basements. He also traveled abroad, with a highlight being a trip to Assisi, Italy, the home of St. Francis, whose life and teachings had a significant impact on Glenn. His favorite trips were always the ones that included family connections and celebrations.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Judy (Thorpe) Jaquith; children, the Rev. Laura Jaquith Bartlett (the Rev. Todd Bartlett), Ted Jaquith (Carole Frances) and Steve Jaquith (Laura Hoexter); and grandchildren Lily and Corinne Jaquith, and Hannah and Megan Bartlett.

A memorial service will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at First United Methodist Church in Corvallis, with a reception following. Memorials can be made to the music ministry program of First UMC, Corvallis, or the Southern Poverty Law Center.