Alfred George James Wright
June 23, 1916 - September 5, 2020
Soller-Baker Funeral Homes, Inc.
Russell Schnepp
Carol (Gosney) Masterson
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Slayter Center for the Performing Arts
1209 West Stadium Ave.
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Friday 9/11, 2:30 pm

Alfred George James Wright was born in London, England on June 23rd, 1916 to Alfred Francis Wright and Elizabeth Tilley Chapman Wright.  After he finished 1st grade his family migrated to America on the Mauretania and settled in Pontiac, Michigan.  The family stayed with Al’s Uncle George Wright for 6 weeks before buying a small house.  His…

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Gregg Fitzgerald left a message on January 20, 2021:
Please accept my belated condolences. As a graduate of Purdue, Mr. Wright is well known to me, particularly since Mrs. Wright was my Band Director at Klondike from 1965-1968. God bless.
Judy (Treece) Klimek left a message on January 9, 2021:
Mrs. Wright, I just learned of your husband's passing. I am sorry for your loss. Judy Klimek
Julie H Rodgers left a message on September 17, 2020:
What a nice tribute the funeral ceremony was! May Al rest in peace. Mrs. Wright, I wish you the best and many many memories. I thank you for all the good memories I have from my band days of years past. Those hours with you in band were my most favorite. I carry them with me to this day as I continue to play (a lot) most days of my life.
Russell Schnepp left a message on September 16, 2020:
So sorry for your loss you was my band director in high school it was my pleasure to have you for a teacher
Carol (Gosney) Masterson left a message on September 15, 2020:
My heart is heavy hearing this news. Thoughts and prayers for the family. I remember Al, not only from knowing Gladys while I was at Harrison, but also when he directed the State 4-H Band. He was such a great musician, director, and gentleman. He will be missed by many. He has touched so many lives throughout his musical career.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Lisa Plummer Lane left a message on September 14, 2020:
Mrs. Wright, Heartfelt condolences to you during this time in your life. You continue to be a great reminder of what a strong independent women is. Band concerts, Indy 500, Jamaica, and Europe are just a few of the incredible life learning I was able to experience through you. I hold the memories and life experiences close to my heart. Mr. Wright will continue to be in your heart and live within you always. Lisa Plummer Lane ( former HHS student; class of 1981)
Frank & Wilma Cipolla left a message on September 14, 2020:
We had the pleasure of having Al as guest conductor for my Summer Band Workshop many years ago. This was the beginning of a long & fruitful friendship which we shared with you, Gladys. Al was very supportive of my work in American band history, for which I am eternally grateful. Please accept our sincere condolences.
Matt Drzewiecki left a message on September 14, 2020:
Dear Mrs. Wright, I would like to offer my deepest condolences for your loss; for the world's loss. The combined contributions that you and Al have made to thousands of lives are immeasurable. You both made music, and all of its complexities, organic and tangible. I believe that every life the two of you touched, carried the blessing and enlightenment with them for the rest of their (our) lives. Thank you for being such influences and inspirations. My prayers are for peace and comfort to all and God bless you both. Matt
Deidre Duncan left a message on September 14, 2020:
Dear Mrs. Wright, my husband and I wish to express our sincere condolences on the passing of your husband. Although I did not know him, I enjoyed many of your accounts as I was in Harrison Band when you were director. Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May the support of community help you through this time of grief. In DAR kinship, Mrs. Deidre Duncan (Malcolm).
Sharon Green Brothers left a message on September 14, 2020:
Mrs. Wright, I am a 1971 graduate of Harrison High School and I want to send my condolences to you and your family. I am so very sorry for your loss. I have great memories of being in the Harrison High School band under your leadership and the many trips you arranged for us. I remember a couple of trips where Mr. Wright joined us as well. It was also a great honor to play at Purdue on band day under Mr. Wrights direction. Also I want to send my condolences to Adele. I used to babysit for Scott years ago. I still live in the neighborhood on Connie Dr.My parents lived on Debbie Dr. Love and prayers to you and your family.
Kevin Brown left a message on September 14, 2020:
I am so sorry for your loss Glady's. I remember all the times Dr Al and other's from the music dept. at Purdue helped band members along with your leadership during my time at Harrison High School.
Julie Anker Faulkner - (clarinet) HHS 1981 left a message on September 14, 2020:
Mrs. Wright; Dr. Wright has left a music legacy like no other. You have both been amazing pillars in your professional careers. You have impacted so many students & have fostered the love of music for so many. May God bless you and comfort you in your time of loss.
Connie Batta Holifield left a message on September 14, 2020:
Mrs. Wright, I am so sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort in your memories.
Lori Fay (Dieter) left a message on September 14, 2020:
Dear Gladys; Jim and I always admired the relationship between you and Al. It is so amazing that the two of you had so much time together, even though I imagine it still wasn't enough. I was one of your band students back at the beginning of Harrison's existence -- I still remember you being so terribly upset when the cumberbunds on the first order of the marching band uniforms came back the wrong color -- and then we met again ~12 years ago when we rented your cabin on the river. You both seemed ageless. What a life you must have had together!! Our condolences on your immense loss. Be well.
Adrienne Davis left a message on September 14, 2020:
Dear Mrs. Wright, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Wright. Both you and he left an incredible music legacy at Harrison and Purdue. I remember the times Dr. Wright came to Harrison to help us prepare for band contest! My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
Scott Wiley left a message on September 14, 2020:
Dearest Mrs. Gladys Wright, So sorry for your loss of your dear husband and music legend Al. From the Trombone mailbox, Alante, the 69 Camero Indy 500 pace car, and more, we knew we had celebrities as neighbors! Thank you for everything you did to teach us not only music, but class and grace at Klondike. You made the Harrison Raiders Band a championship music powerhouse and demanded excellence from all around you. Your husband's talent, pizazz and enthusiasm at Purdue that made the Purdue All American Marching Band the elite of bands across our nation. To both you and your husband from the tens of thousands of lives you both touched, our hats are on backwards for you both! Much appreciation, love, and respect for the example you both set. A legacy of beautiful music that will never be equaled! Godspeed Al Wright, and to you, his beautiful and talented Conductor and partner, continue to carry his tune in your heart. May God grant you peace, comfort and shower you with love as great as you showed to all who were blessed enough to have known you both!
Timothy Wott left a message on September 14, 2020:
Gladys - our sincerest prayers and best wishes after the loss of your husband, Al. As you have, he made an indelible impact on the musical community as well as all the students lives he touched. Godspeed to Al and best of wishes to you! Tim Wott, HHS 1981
James Lehe left a message on September 12, 2020:
So sorry for your loss, Gladys. Al was a legend, as we all know, and his legacy in Purdue bands will live on because of the standard he set for all of those years. You too were a special lady in my life, being that you were my music teacher at Round Grove School in Grades 1 & 2 in 1963-65. I still remember your music classes !! Made God bless and comfort you in your time of loss.
Lisa Bright left a message on September 10, 2020:
There will never be any one like Al to cross my life path again. Much sadness for the loss of a mentor, educator and my friend. So many heartfelt sympathy to all of the family of Al and Gladys and my love to Gladys in this difficult time.
louis sudler left a message on September 10, 2020:
All our love to Gladys and all the Wright family members! The work that Al and Gladys have done to inspire young musiclans over so many years is unparalleled, and I know my father, now in heaven, would add his blessings to our message. M music is the message: Louis, Laura and Zack Sudler
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Connie Batta left a message on September 10, 2020:
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Al. But what an amazing life he had. Thank you for all the contributions to the world, that you gave, in so many ways. We will never forget you. And thank you for your home tours....what a memory itself. Love to you and your family.
Robert Johnson left a message on September 9, 2020:
It was an honor performing in the AAMB from 1970 to 1974. Great memories of Venezuela and European trips. I will always remember his drive for excellence with us and our performances.
Carl Chevallard left a message on September 9, 2020:
in the course of my undergraduate years at Ohio State, my graduate years at University of Iowa, and my faculty years at Michigan State, I was blessed to know, learn from, and be befriended by Dr. Al Wright! His creativity, passion, professionalism, and musical excellence impacted my leadership dynamics throughout my military band career, too. Always with a ready smile and warm handshake, he made a positive difference to me and SO many more! God bless you, sir! Sincere condolences from Barb and I to Gladys and the family. Sincerely, Carl Chevallard, PhD, Lt.Col. USAF (ret), Oceanside, CA.
Roger Duncan left a message on September 9, 2020:
Gladys.....I will always remember the fun times at your home with Al and You entertaining the music teachers of Tippecanoe Schools. I always admired Al and you and wish you all the best. I am so sorry. He was a great music educator and
Bill and Linda Bennett left a message on September 9, 2020:
Al was our dear friend and a friend to our whole family for three generations. We have many happy memories to cherish, and will miss him. We pray that the abundance of God’s peace will provide comfort for Gladys and the rest of their family.
Colleen Kane left a message on September 9, 2020:
Dear Mrs Wright- What a great man your husband was and what a great life he led! Mom and I both thank you for your years of friendship and music. Your gifts to all of your students will never be forgotten and your generosity in this community is such a blessing. Please know we are thinking of you and your family now in this time of sadness and we are praying that the pain of his loss is made easier by the knowledge of what a wonderful man he was. We love you.
Dee Lucas left a message on September 9, 2020:
I'm so sorry to hear of Al's passing. Gladys my heart goes out to you, I know how much Al loved you with all of his heart. Al is a legend to Purdue, he made his mark and it will always be remembered. My heart is with you and the family.
Stacey (Bohr) Blantz left a message on September 9, 2020:
Thank you Prof. Wright for the opportunity of a lifetime (USCWB 1976 Tour)!! Condolences and Prayers to Gladys and Family - God Bless🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
Marilyn Mann left a message on September 9, 2020:
When I think of Al, I think "Friend". Despite all of his accomplishments and recognitions, he was always just Al to me. I will always remember him greeting our tour bands at the Continental Hotel in Lugano; always remember the joy of spending time with he and Gladys throughout the years in Europe, the States, Canada and Mexico. I think of his smile, sense of humour, laugh and kindness. Gladys and family, he was a good, good man and how lucky you were to be loved by him. My deepest, most sincere condolences to you.
Amy and Raoul Camus left a message on September 8, 2020:
We join you in your sadness and take comfort in celebrating a long and well-lived life, an inspiration to all who knew him..
Soller-Baker Funeral Homes, Inc. left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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