Two brass students from Aspen Music Festival killed in Wyoming car crash

Posted on: August 31, 2015

“Two student brass players who had recently performed in the season-finale concerts of the Aspen Music Festival died Monday night in a car crash,” states an unsigned article posted on Thursday (8/27) on the website of classical radio station WQXR. “Alex Greene was a trumpet player, and Ben Darneille was a tuba player. The accident occurred near Rock Springs, Wyoming. The two musicians hit a semi-truck head on, after driving in the oncoming traffic lane of a highway, according to a statement from the Wyoming Highway Patrol….Greene was 23 and studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and Darneille was 21 and studied tuba at DePaul University in Chicago. Both were members of the Rendezvous Brass, a Philadelphia-based quintet, according to a post on the music festival’s Facebook page. The two young men had just left Aspen after spending most of the summer in the Colorado resort town, festival president Alan Fletcher told the Aspen Times. ‘It’s hit everyone here very hard,’ Fletcher said. ‘They were just super guys. Everybody loved them.’ ” The article notes that “more than 300 posts in remembrance” have appeared on Aspen’s Facebook page.  

Posted August 31, 2015