Southern Stars Brass mourns the passing of friend and guitar great, Pete Huttlinger

Pete Huttlinger, 54, passed away Friday, January 15, 2016, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after suffering a stroke on Monday, January 11.

Pete Huttlinger, 54, passed away Friday, January 15, 2016, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after suffering a stroke on Monday, January 11.

It is with great sadness the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass learned tonight of the passing of guitar virtuoso Pete Huttlinger. Huttlinger was a friend of the band, and had been a wonderful guest soloist in a recent concert. His musical genius, effortless mastery of his instrument, and his wit that made his stage presence something to be envied will all be greatly missed. The band and its President and Founder, Dwight Wages, extends condolences to Pete’s family, loved ones, friends, and fans everywhere. May he rest in peace, and may his music last forever.

He was a 1984 graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, and in 2000 won the National Fingerpick Guitar Championship. Country legend Vince Gill once described as him as “wickedly gifted,” and his performances and recordings lived up to that compliment.

Mr. Huttlinger is survived by his beloved wife, Erin Morris Huttlinger (the couple recently co-authored a book, “Joined at the Heart: A Story of Love, Guitars, Resilience and Marigolds”); stepchildren Sean Della Croce and James Della Croce; a brother, Frank Huttlinger, in California; and a sister, Theresa Vigour, in Mississippi.

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http://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/music/2016/01/15/master-guitarist-pete-huttlinger-dies/78796926/

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