“The School of Music’s jazz festival has had a lengthy history at OSU. For the festival’s 38th year, it is set to honor its own with a Saturday night tribute to the late Mark Flugge, a former OSU instructor and jazz pianist and composer.
Flugge suffered from hearing loss and tinnitus,which is noise or ringing in the ears. According to his obituary in The Columbus Dispatch, the extreme discomfort led to depression for the musician. Flugge took his own life last May.
Three of his former students — Jeff Benatar, Lucas Holmes and Robert Mason — will perform during the tribute.
“I thought one of the best ways to remember and to have a tribute to a teacher is to remember that a teacher’s work continues in legacy through their students,” said professor and director of jazz studies Dr. William McDaniel.
Robert Mason, a fifth-year in jazz studies who will be performing jazz standards he learned under Flugge’s instruction, said he thinks the tribute show will showcase the impact Flugge had on his students.“