Dr. Hugo A. Magliocco

Hugo Magliocco of Quincy passed away Friday morning, after complications from a fall in early March. Born to an Italian immigrant family in 1934, he was surrounded by the love of his mother, Teresa Spena Magliocco; his father, Pietro Magliocco; and his three brothers, Pat, Tony, and Bill. His parents came from the area of Italy called Calabria, and it was a joke in the family that because of that they were all “capa tosta” or hard headed. They had to be because they endured much, living through the Depression, with little food, and jobs hard to come by. His mother’s stories were heart wrenching, but the family prevailed, with the help of extended family and a large Italian community in Arnold, Pennsylvania, where Hugo was born and attended school. The community was very diverse, filled with the cultural richness of Greeks, Syrians, Poles, and other groups all having their own grocery stores and churches, but enjoying each other’s culture, company, and food.

Classical music, especially opera, was very popular throughout this working-class community. Hugo told stories of listening to his father’s recordings and Live from the Met radio performances throughout his early life, both at home and later in the grocery store where he worked as a teenager. In his professional life, he always enjoyed playing in opera orchestras. Perhaps because of this early exposure, he began playing in the high school music program at age 12, and somehow chose the trombone. This choice led to a wonderful education and professional career.

Though not wealthy, Hugo’s parents were always supportive of his choice to be a music major at Duquesne University, in nearby Pittsburgh. He had a rich, fulfilling experience there, studying with Matty Shiner of the Pittsburgh Symphony and playing in ensembles with talented classmates who had very successful careers as professional musicians. He graduated in 1956, and went on to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he completed his Master’s Degree in 1960. While in Knoxville he taught at Knoxville College, a historically Black, Presbyterian College, and this began is love of teaching. He always said that “every teacher has a touch of immortality.”

Hugo Magliocco was very successful throughout his career, both as a teacher and as a performer. He completed his doctorate at the University of Oklahoma in 1972, studying under Irvin Wagner. Other teachers and major influences were Edward Kleinhammer of the Chicago Symphony, and Dennis Wick and Dudley Bright of the London Symphony Orchestra. He was Literature Editor of the International Trombone Journal, and was President of the International Trombone Association from 1992 to 1994, participating in and planning its annual Workshops and European Festivals. He had many friends throughout the trombone world, both here and abroad, and whenever possible brought them to Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois to give clinics and concerts.

As a member of the Music Department at WIU, Hugo was a force from the beginning. In addition to teaching his studio of low brass students, he conducted the Western Civic Orchestra, played in ensembles on campus and throughout the area, helped create and was Manager of the Camerata Woodwind Quintet, and was a mentor to many new faculty. He served on several university committees, most notably the Bureau of Cultural Affairs, where he introduced the Young Artists Series. He won several university awards.

As impressive as all this was, he was most proud of his family. He married Maurine Fisk of Quincy in 1967, and they were colleagues at Western as well as spouses. Their son, Peter Dale Magliocco, was born in 1977, and grandson Dorian Hugo in 2010. All now live in Quincy. Peter owns and runs Square Music Quincy, after having been a chef for several years. Dorian is a student at Quincy Junior High and plays trombone, making his grandfather proud. Survivors include Peter’s partner, Ginny Mueller of Quincy; former daughter-in-law, JJ Magliocco of Quincy; Niece Mary Theresa Muto and her husband Frank of Springdale, PA.; Niece Theresa Triglia and her husband Richard of Winchester, CA, and many great nieces and nephews. In the Quincy area, survivors include Maurine’s sister, Carol Klues; her husband, Denny; and their family: Amy Tripplett (Todd), Jeff Klues (Joy), Jenny White, and Randy Klues (Maureen). Hugo loved them all.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at Duker and Haugh Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2024 at St. Peter Catholic Church. A brass ensemble from Western Illinois University will play at the Mass. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Memorials made be made to Western Illinois University, Department of Music; St. Jude Children’s Hospital; or Disabled Veterans of America. Messages may be shared online at www.dukerandhaugh.com.

7 Comments

  1. David C Vroman on May 20, 2024 at 3:03 pm

    I first met Dr. Magliocco at WIU in the fall of 1974 when I entered the university in music education. Many years later, after he had retired and I was teaching at Bradley University, he was kind enough to instruct low brass students at Bradley as an adjunct faculty member. He also played the role of Arthur Pryor in one of our Sousa Band Concerts on campus and I still have the 360 degree 15-foot long photograph of him on stage outside my office door. I appreciated his commitment to his students and the program – he did not approach his work as “part-time”. I retain fond memories of discussions about brass playing with him and standards for collegiate music programs. My condolences to the family.

  2. Kevin Reavis on May 20, 2024 at 4:26 pm

    To the family of Dr. Magliocco, you have my sincerest condolences. He was an important influence in the lives of so many, including mine. I can truly say that every time I pick up the trombone, I can hear his voice and guidance. I cherish the many hours I spent with this man in the trombone studio at WIU 1984 – 1988. Forever grateful.

  3. Meg Rickman on May 21, 2024 at 10:47 am

    My sincere condolences to Pete and his mom, and Dorian as well. I truly hope the memories that you think of and share in the days and years ahead will help keep who goes Hugo’s spirit alive. It’s the best way to find joy is to look stories that make you smile to going in this sad time.
    I’m grateful to have met Hugo and that he impacted on Pete his love of the Trombone. I will always remember Pete playing it on our porch in Macomb and how it was the first time a Trombone made me smile.
    Hopefully he will playing it at his store in the years ahead and think of his father and see others smiling at the sound.
    Love n hugs from Chicago, wishing I could make the services but hope you are surrounded by love 💕

  4. Tom and Susie Moore on May 21, 2024 at 11:31 am

    What an amazing legacy! Our prayers to all the family.

  5. Mike & Mary Schuttler on May 21, 2024 at 1:41 pm

    Maurine and family, our prayers and thoughts are with you. Too late in our life we became acquainted with you both. I will miss Hugo in Church and if I can’t attend services because of health, we will visit at Church later.

  6. Jay Wright on May 22, 2024 at 9:32 pm

    As a student of Doc from ’86-’89, I was taught (and actually learned!) so much from him. Not just how to be a better player, but he was such a gentleman, a scholar, and a great influence on how to face the difficulties of life with dignity. Doc was a fine man, and he will be missed by many, but his influence will live on for a long time. God Speed, Hugo.

  7. Lorraine Schwartz on June 6, 2024 at 5:55 pm

    Dear Maurine and Pete,
    Sincere condolences to you both. I remember Hugo as a noble person, a fine musician, and a quick wit. As the Italians sometimes say when a much-loved man passes away, “Che la terra ti sia lieve.”

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