In Memoriam: Dill Murrell
Dill Murrell, a long time friend of the Saline-Brecon Sister City
relationship, passed away August 18, 2004. He was a talented musician and actor,
as well as a physicist. Dill was a leader in the Saline Big Band and made a
lasting mark on our twinning relationship in 1984 when the Big Band played in
the first Brecon Jazz Festival. On the Sunday conclusion of the festival in the
Brecon Cathedral, the Saline Big Band premiered the original composition "Hymn
for Brecon". Dill had stayed up the entire night on Saturday composing
this beautiful piece and its premier brought tears to the entire gathering in
the Cathedral. The picture of Dill above was taken at Castell Carreg Cennen
during the 1984 Jazz Festival.
Dill was the musical director of over 89 productions and was in the orchestra
pit for another 124 shows. He was a mainstay of the Saline
Area Players and you can read the Players tribute to him on their
Dill had been ill with cancer for some time but continued to play and
conduct. His last performance was as musical director for "Hello,
Dolly" at the Croswell Theater just two weeks before his death.
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from the Ann Arbor News
|Murrell, J. Dillard (Dill).
Musical director, composer
and former physicist for N.A.S.A. in Houston, Texas and E.P.A. in Ann
Arbor, Michigan passed away Wednesday, August 18, 2004 at 3 pm from
complications related to cancer. Dill was born on December 4, 1937 in
Church Point, Louisiana, attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana
in Lafayette, where he obtained his B.S. in Physics and met his wife,
Marie, who survives. He is also survived by six children: Mark, Cindy,
Karen, Brian, Steve and his wife Dawn, and Simone; and leaves behind six
grandchildren: Adam and Mike Edwards, Dan and Lenny Davis, Brenton and
Leah Murrell, and one great-grand child, Jacob Edwards. Dill's parents,
Happy and Carrie Murrell, and brother Gerard, of Church Point, Louisiana
have preceded him in death. Dill had been a consultant to three U.S.
Department of Energy National Laboratories, the auto industry and
Washington D.C. think tanks. He was musical director of 89 productions in
southeast Michigan and northern Ohio, played in orchestra pits for 124
shows and played woodwinds with the Manhattan Transfer, the Jimmy Dorsey
Orchestra and several pro and semi-pro combos and big bands. Dill Murrell
lived his life to the fullest and he died peacefully, with his wife and
children at his side. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Visitation will be held at Robison-Bahn miller Funeral Home in Saline on
Friday, August 20, 3-8 pm and Saturday, August 21, 11 am- 1 pm. Memorial
services will immediately follow Saturday visitation at the same location.
Published in the Ann Arbor News on MLive.com on 8/19/2004.