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Lamorinda Turns Out To Remember "Mr. C" - With Music

Locals gather in harmony to celebrate the life of local music man Joe Campana.

For more than six decades Joe Campana brought harmony to the City of Lafayette by providing the community with a place to rent, purchase and practice their musical instruments.  Today, June 11, the people who knew and loved "Mr. C" came together to celebrate his life with a musical tribute at in Lafayette. 

A wide range of local musical talent, including singer/tambourine player Gretchen Givens, music teacher Adam Noel and his sister and singing teacher Leslie Noel were among many who made appearances at Petar's.

"I knew Joe since I was very little, I will miss him so much," said Leslie Noel.

Noel cared for Campana so much she opened up Studio L above Campana
Music so that she too could teach music to the locals. Campana had an enormous influence on the city and all who loved music in the Lamorinda area will miss him, she said.

Campana had always asked for a "little musical remembrance" when his time came. On Saturday, that's precisely what he got.

Michael Taylor June 12, 2011 at 01:01 AM
Peace. Thanks Joe.
Joe Field June 12, 2011 at 01:49 AM
Never took a lesson there or rented an instrument, but I did buy lots of sheet music from Campana Music over the last 40+ years. RIP, Mr. C!
SMurphy June 12, 2011 at 04:14 AM
We really appreciated Joe and his store when our kids were playing instrumental music (1997-2003) for the Bay Area Wind Symphony, and the Stanley, Acalanes, and Cal Poly SLO wind orchestras. He helped create and nurture a *lot* of young musicians in the Bay Area. Thank you, Joe and family, for contributing so much to your community and the world . . . :)
Cinders June 13, 2011 at 05:50 AM
Mr. Campana was such a wonderful incredible man. He personally greeted everyone who came into his music store and was always wondering what it was you needed or were looking for. He would give you a hand looking for just the right instrument or the right sheet music or the right strings for your guitar. His helpfulness to the musical community and moms and dads and kids over the years has been a delight to all.

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