William E Roth

Posted at 4:20 a.m. EDT Monday, July 31, 2000   William E. Roth ``Bill Roth on Drums''
William E. Roth, 57, passed away unexpectedly July 29, 2000. He was born in Akron and was a life-long resident of Ellet,graduating as president of his high school class in 1961. Bill was a well-known drummer and teacher who had been entertaining the Akron-Canton area for the past 43 years. Beginning with ``The Caps'' in 1958, his name first became associated with many of the mainstream jazz players in Akron in the 60's including ``Jack Faller Trio'', ``Modern Swing Quartet'', the ``Counterpoints'', ``Danny Mazzocco Quartet'', the ``Leftovers'' with Eddie Pauloucci at Tangier, the ``Potpourri,'' and ``Vince DiDato Trio''. Then came``Spectrum'' at Embers II followed by Akron's popular ``Dogs-n-Kids''. Some varied work included ``The All Night Strut'' stage show, ten years with the annual ``Ebony Fashion  Show'', the ``Kleveland Klezmorum'', the ``Joe Rizzi Trio'', and ``All the Jazz'', at the Zoar Hotel. He loved playing for weddings and making brides feel special while he played 8 1/2 years with Lou Ciriano. He was the leader of his calypso-latin band, ``Akimbo'', which included his wife, Debbie, and son, Dylan, which has performed in Northeast Ohio for the past 15 years. He also performed with his son, Will, in MO' SHAMBO, and at many Hippie Fests. For the past two years, Bill has led his popular ``Mostly Blues Band'' at Benito's Cafe on Wednesday nights, and his ``Gumbo Band'' at the Cabana Club in Alliance on weekends. Students across the area will remember Bill from performing with ``Akimbo'' in the area public school systems. Preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Helen Roth of Ellet, he is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Debbie; sons, Will and Dylan Roth; daughter, Jenny Hague of Akron; Will's special friend, Kristine Riser; brother, Daniel and sister-in-law, Nancy Roth; brother, Paul Roth of Akron; and sister and brother-in-law, Marcia and Bill Kendall of Naples, Fla.; nieces, Jessica of Charlotte, N.C., and Bridget of Akron; nephew, Danny of Atlanta; and great-nephew, Conner of Charlotte, N.C. In lieu of flowers, the family  requests donations be made to the Seeds of Sound Foundation, c/o AA Sound & Lighting, Inc., 551 Portage Lakes Dr., Suite 101, Akron, Ohio 44319.
For those of you that don't know Bill, he was a dear friend and esteemed colleague of many, many Akron and Canton musicians. I had the good fortune of working with Bill full-time in four groups over the past 28 years, and many other times in casual, sit-in and fill-in situations. I learned a great deal from Bill, and I'll miss him very much.     T. Work
Bill Roth was gifted, as musician, teacher
I am one of the many musicians who mourn the loss of our dear friend Bill Roth (Akron Beacon Journal, Aug. 1, "Famed Akron musician Bill Roth dead at 57"). I was lucky enouth to have worked with Mr. Roth over several decades and still consider him the purest musician I have ever known. The most important things I know about music I learned from him. First, that before you can truly express yourself, you must lose your ego. And second, that before you can learn to play you must learn to listen. Mr. Roth lived these lessons and, by example, became the most valuable of all things, a great teacher. I was working in a music store and playing some part-time gigs back in the early 1970s when Mr. Roth asked me to join a band. He showed me the joy that could come with a commitment to make music the center of my life, and he helped me to make that commitment. Thinking back, I realize now that that was possibly the greatest gift I ever received. Thank you, Bill   Jim Tulip Pacific Grove, Calif.