We mourn the passing of Thomas Nokes, a master's student in trombone performance who played trombone in lab bands in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
His obituary was published in his hometown newspaper in Bangor, Maine on May 20:
DEXTER AND DENTON, TX – Thomas Nokes, 26, died unexpectedly May 15, 2016 in Denton, Texas. He was born on April 30, 1990 in Dover-Foxcroft, and spent his youth in Dexter, where he graduated from Dexter Regional High School as his class’s salutatorian.
Musically talented from a young age (and gifted with perfect pitch), he began studying the trombone at the age of ten. He subsequently completed bachelor’s degrees in Music Performance and Education at the University of Maine, where he studied the trombone and held leadership roles in the university symphonic band, jazz ensemble and orchestra. In addition to his exemplary musicianship, Thomas was an accomplished student, graduating summa cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Kappa Lambda. After completing his undergraduate education, he enrolled in the graduate performance program at the University of North Texas, where he participated in the wind studies and jazz lab band programs, minoring in music theory.
He received his Master’s Degree in May 2016. Friends and family will remember him for his intelligence, wit, kindness, humor, and intense devotion to music.
He is survived by his parents, Ted and Eileen; his brother, Michael; his grandmother, Margaret Radke; several aunts, uncles (especially Dr. Frederick Radke), and cousins; close family friends, Lynn and Harry Anderson; and countless friends/colleagues in the Maine and Texas musical communities.