I met the timpanist when he performd a George Crumb piece on campus in the summer of 1973. he was there as part of Blossom Festival School & returnd the following summer as well.
over the years he introduced me to composers Lee Hoiby & Daniel Pinkham (who dedicatd his 1974 piece "Liturgies" to John). I in turn introduced him to poet Ron Schreiber my dear friend David Meredith & my cousin Regina Yando.
John visitd Santa Fe for the first time in the summer of 2005. here we are together at Camel Rock:
when he returnd 2 years later we began looking at possible places for him to move to after retirement. here is a picture I took of John in Taos:
this past mar John performd Beethoven's 7th Symphony & got this review from the Boston Globe: The finale had some raucous outbursts, especially from timpanist John Grimes, who was the first to take a well-deserved solo bow at the end.
I applaud a friend & musician as he takes his final bow.