OBITUARY

Aubrey Stephen Tucker

March 3, 1945September 25, 2018

Dr. Aubrey Stephen Tucker, 73, Surfside Beach, TX, September 25, 2018.

Dr. Aubrey Tucker was born to Aubrey and Marcelle Tucker in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, on March 3, 1945. Aubrey had a wide-ranging career in music and education, including being a film, TV, jazz, Broadway musical, concert composer, arranger, ASCAP songwriter, vocalist, trombonist, recording and events producer. He attended University of Houston for his undergraduate degree in trombone performance and Rice University for his Masters in Theory and Doctorate in Composition. At the University of Houston, Aubrey founded the Cougar Brass, the Cougar Dolls, and the UH Jazz Studies program. As a young artist, he was chosen to represent the United States as the trombone soloist at the International Music Competition in Munich, Germany. In the U.S. Army, Aubrey composed and arranged music for the US Navy Show Band, the Army Chorus, and other military musical units. He was the founding Music Director at Astroworld Amusement Park. Aubrey toured America and the world with the great big bands of Woody Herman, Si Zentner, and Illinois Jacquet, among others, as a jazz trombonist and arranger. Throughout his career he performed with many major artists including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole, and Tony Bennett, and was awarded five Las Vegas Entertainment Awards. Later, he was the founding educator of the Commercial Music program at Houston Community College. He was a founding member of the Jazz Houston Orchestra and served on the Board of Directors. Dr. Tucker was a devout Christian and played and sang at churches throughout his life, including his current church, Chapelwood United Methodist, as well as Lakewood Church and many others. He sang in the choir two days before going to be with God. Aubrey was a history buff who was deeply interested in politics. He was the Board Chairman of the Old Fort Velasco Historical Association, which currently is rebuilding the fort in which the Texas Revolution began and ended. Dr. Tucker was a true patriot, and when he wasn’t busy helping others, he enjoyed traveling around the country to visit family in his RV with his wife, Margie, who he met and married in 1979 during their time playing in orchestras in Las Vegas. He loved playing cards with friends and family, loved all pets, was passionate about teaching, and enjoyed sailing and spending time on the water. Dr. Tucker was an enthusiastic Houston sports fan and was absolutely ecstatic when the Astros won the World Series. Aubrey was a great storyteller and enjoyed laughing more than anything else, except maybe playing trombone. He was larger than life, and he leaves a legacy of his shining light of love, music, kindness, and joy in the lives of everyone he ever met and all who ever heard his music.

He joins parents as well as two of his siblings, brother Jim Tucker and sister Beth Cornett. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 38 years, Margie Tucker, his brother Michael Tucker; his daughters Stephanie Auton, Jennifer Balsano, and Emily Tucker, and his son Aubrey Tucker III; his sons-in-law, Matthew Auton and Philip Balsano; his grandchildren, Stephen Balsano, Stuart Balsano, Bethany Auton, and Meredith Auton; and his great-grandchild, Ava Shae Balsano.

Dr. Aubrey Tucker’s service will be at 2pm, Sunday, September 30, at Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Lake Jackson with a reception to follow on the grounds. Aubrey loved a good jam session; musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments for one last jam with Dr. Tucker at the reception.

  • FAMILY

  • He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 38 years, Margie Tucker, his brother Michael Tucker; his daughters Stephanie Auton, Jennifer Balsano, and Emily Tucker, and his son Aubrey Tucker III; his sons-in-law, Matthew Auton and Philip Balsano; his grandchildren, Stephen Balsano, Stuart Balsano, Bethany Auton, and Meredith Auton; and his great-grandchild, Ava Shae Balsano.

Services

  • Funeral Service Sunday, September 30, 2018
REMEMBERING

Aubrey Stephen Tucker

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Alfred Wendelken

September 30, 2018

Aubrey was a good friend to my mom when she worked at HCC. God's peace to his family.

Alvin Cousins

September 30, 2018

As I first come to Houston from new Orleans I signed up for school and I met who I called Dr T ...a great Professional, and by far one of my best teachers. I learned so much from him ,and he gave the keys to be successfully challenged in his class ...to the Tucker Family my blessings are with you ...Dr T ....from myself and the M.E.I.S.A family...we love you...

Lizzy Howe

September 29, 2018

Thank you Dr. Tucker for being such a musical inspiration. You always had a great sense of humor. You will surely be missed. I know you're front and center on the biggest stage ever. Thanks for believing in me. Blessings to all your family. In this time of bereavement, May you all feel comforted in knowing that he had a positive influence on many college students. Blessings!

Robert Parram

September 29, 2018

Dr. Tucker was my mentor and instructor which he inspired me that you are never too old to share good music.He taught me everything that I needed to keep on pushing , he made things so easy and fun .So now he is playing with the biggest band of all. My friend ,teacher,and my mentor God bless you and your family.
Robert Parram

Peggy Wendelken

September 29, 2018

Thank you Dr. Tucker for all the sharing, love, and laughs! When I join you in Heaven, I'll be ready for a great concert! Save me a seat please! Love you!

Tomi Middleton

September 28, 2018

I had the privilege of working for him as he was starting up the department at the Cy-Fair Campus, and we remained friends for nearly 30 years. Aubrey was one of a kind: his talent, energy, and enthusiasm were boundless, and his patience and kindness rare, and I will miss him as will so many others. I am sorry I will not be able to attend Sunday’s services, but you are in my prayers, Tomi Middleton

Linda (Fuller) Weatherly

September 28, 2018

Aubrey was my high school classmate ... born only a week before me. Long ago, Aubrey joined so many of us as a proud member of the Nederland High School band -- representing Texas in JFK's Inaugural Parade. Even as a teenager, his musicianship was unparalleled. But more than that, he was a wonderful human being. I cannot express how news of his passing has saddened me. I believe that one of the most important traits any human can have is kindness ... and I remember Aubrey as a shining example of that to all of us. Although I live too far away to have attended any recent class reunions, I regret not being able to see him before his passing and to tell him how proud he has made his old friends who spent our high school days in the tiny city of Nederland, Texas.

Rest in peace, Aubrey. We will miss you ... but never forget you.

Michelle Alexander

September 27, 2018

May your memories become precious treasures...

God Bless

Valerie Hartzell

September 27, 2018

Dear Family and Friends,
Dr Tucker was my mentor, the one who hired me at HCC and then when I begged to get into the classroom he agreed. I had started out teaching privately classical guitar but none of the students wanted classical. After a particularly dangerous incident I ran to Dr Tucker very scared and he immediately removed me from lessons and into teaching music history, theory and piano classes. I LOVED IT!!! The passion I have for teaching students at the college level is immense. I am incredibly grateful to him for giving that opportunity to me and this allowed me to blossom as a classroom teacher for 9 years until I moved to Alaska. He was also an incredible musician, had a cheeky sense of humour, was supportive of his faculty (both as the boss & as someone who encouraged his performing faculty to go out & tour), and recently we've chatted about politics on Facebook. A few months ago he reached out to me when I was seriously ill and had advice and encouragement. He had so much move love, advice, support, jokes, notes and laughter to give. Thank you Dr Tucker. You were an inspiration and a great man.

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Dr. Aubrey Tucker was born to Aubrey and Marcelle Tucker in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, on March 3, 1945. Aubrey had a wide-ranging career in music and education, including being a film, TV, jazz, Broadway musical, concert composer, arranger, ASCAP songwriter, vocalist, trombonist, recording and events producer. He attended University of Houston for his undergraduate degree in trombone performance and Rice University for his Masters in Theory and Doctorate in Composition. At the University of Houston, Aubrey founded the Cougar Brass, the Cougar Dolls, and the UH Jazz Studies program. As a young artist, he was chosen to represent the United States as the trombone soloist at the International Music Competition in Munich, Germany. In the U.S. Army, Aubrey composed and arranged music for the US Navy Show Band, the Army Chorus, and other military musical units. He was the founding Music Director at Astroworld Amusement Park. Aubrey toured America and the world with the great big bands of Woody Herman, Si Zentner, and Illinois Jacquet, among others, as a jazz trombonist and arranger. Throughout his career he performed with many major artists including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole, and Tony Bennett, and was awarded five Las Vegas Entertainment Awards. Later, he was the founding educator of the Commercial Music program at Houston Community College. He was a founding member of the Jazz Houston Orchestra and served on the Board of Directors. Dr. Tucker was a devout Christian and played and sang at churches throughout his life, including his current church, Chapelwood United Methodist, as well as Lakewood Church and many others. He sang in the choir two days before going to be with God. Aubrey was a history buff who was deeply interested in politics. He was the Board Chairman of the Old Fort Velasco Historical Association, which currently is rebuilding the fort in which the Texas Revolution began and ended. Dr. Tucker was a true patriot, and when he wasn’t busy helping others, he enjoyed traveling around the country to visit family in his RV with his wife, Margie, who he met and married in 1979 during their time playing in orchestras in Las Vegas. He loved playing cards with friends and family, loved all pets, was passionate about teaching, and enjoyed sailing and spending time on the water. Dr. Tucker was an enthusiastic Houston sports fan and was absolutely ecstatic when the Astros won the World Series. Aubrey was a great storyteller and enjoyed laughing more than anything else, except maybe playing trombone. He was larger than life, and he leaves a legacy of his shining light of love, music, kindness, and joy in the lives of everyone he ever met and all who ever heard his music.