Arno L. Marsh
May 28, 1928 – July 12, 2019
Arno Marsh passed away on July 12, 2019 at the age of 91. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on May 28, 1928. Both of his parents were musicians and he knew at an early age that he wanted to follow in their footsteps. Arno got his first saxophone when he was 11 years old and by the time he was a teenager he was playing in a Midwest territory road band. From there he went on to play with Johnny Long, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Jerry Fielding, Charlie Barnett, Les Elgart, Lionel Hampton, Harry James, and Buddy Rich. Arno became well known for his jazz tenor solos during the three years with Woody Herman's Third Herd. After spending many years on the road Arno moved to Nevada in 1957. His talent enabled him to work with entertaining lounge groups as well as major show rooms. Over the years he played with "house" bands at the Sahara, New Frontier, Caesars Palace, MGM (now Baily's), Dunes and EI Rancho. Additionally he worked the Reno- Tahoe-Las Vegas circuit with Charlie Ventura, Buddy Greco, Big Tiny Little and Tex Beneke. Arno was with the Dick Rice Orchestra at the EI Rancho Hotel when it burned down in 1960. After the fire the orchestra moved to the Golden Hotel (later Harrah's) in Reno. Three years later Arno returned to his home in Las Vegas where he joined the Antonio Morelli Orchestra at the Sands Hotel backing up major stars that included members of the "rat pack." In 1971 he was offered a position with a group opening at the new Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. While in Florida Arno performed with the Florida Symphony as a saxophone soloist on a program with Dave Brubeck. Arno returned to Las Vegas in 1974 where he worked various hotels including 1 112 years with the Russ Morgan Orchestra at the "Top of the Dunes." In 1977 he joined the Forrest Wasson Orchestra at Shangri-La Resort on Grand Lake O'The Cherokees in northeast Oklahoma. Returning to Las Vegas in 1989 Arno was active with the Las Vegas Jazz Society and performed at numerous jazz concerts. He was a soloist with Dr. Tom Ferguson's Southern Nevada Community College Wednesday night band's numerous concerts. He has also been featured at various jazz festivals including Los Angeles, Sacramento and Palm Springs. Arno joined the Fred
Radke Orchestra playing the music of Harry James, on several world cruises. He has occasionally joined his son, Randy, on a series on concert tours in Michigan. Arno has been a member of the Saint Andrew Catholic Community in Boulder City since 1993. From 1993 until Jan. 2019 he provided musical backing with the church choir. He was preceded in death by son, James A. Marsh; daughter, Sandra Duke; brother, James W. Marsh; great granddaughter, Fiona Whipkey. Survived by Leslie, wife of 61 years; children and step-children, William (Pat) Marsh, Randy Marsh, Pamela (Ric) Castleman, Linda Shields, Robert E. (Linda) Salyer and Nancy (Don) O'Shaughnessy; 17 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, July 19, 2019 at Saint Andrew Catholic Community, 1399 San Felipe, Boulder City, NV. Visitation is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., with the funeral service to follow at 11 :00 a.m. A reception will be held in the church hall.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.palmmortuary.com for the MARSH family.
- Visitation Friday, July 19, 2019
- Funeral Mass Friday, July 19, 2019
Arno L. Marsh
July 17, 2019
So sorry to hear of Arno’s passing. We have been friends for 43+ years. So glad I was able to spend some time with Arno in June while visiting Nevada, where we were able to share many good memories. Thoughts and prayers go to Leslie and Arno’s extended family.
July 13, 2019
Arno. Lot of good times through the years.. Vegas, Reno, show bands, hanging , laughing, playing be bop. Haven't had much of a chance lately living in different towns but you will always stand out in my memory as a real friend. If re-incarnation is a reality we will see you soon and even in a different body we will all recognize you from your talented abilities, jovial and upbeat spirituality .. Till then rest peacefully my good friend. Carl Saunders