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The Best Damn Band In The Land - The Ohio State University Marching Band Alumni

Nicholas Apostle

May 24, 1930 - February 24, 2021

Nicholas Apostle of Syosset, L.I. New York , age 91 passed away in his home on February 24, 2021 after a brief illness. Nicholas was born on May 24, 1930 and was the youngest of five children born to the late Thomas and Theodora Apostle of Kenton, Ohio. Nick was a graduate of Kenton High School with the class of 1948. He was very musically gifted and played and marched with the Kenton High School band and also played in the orchestra. He played all the wind instruments, his major being the oboe. Following graduation he enrolled at The Ohio State University where he marched with the famed Ohio State Marching Band and was thrilled when the band went to the Rose Bowl in California. After graduation Nick was called to serve his country in the Army during the Korean War.

Upon completion of that duty, Nick went to New York City where he enrolled at Columbia University to complete his Master's degree. On a trip to Tanglewood Musical Festival in Lenox, Massachusetts. Nick met Maestro Arthur Fiedler of the Boston Pops Orchestra and he hired Nick to tour and play with them for a couple of years.

Wanting a more settled life, Nick returned to New York city where he was hired and employed to play with the famed Radio City Music Hall orchestra. It was there that he met the love of his life, Ann Kasparian who was also hired and singing with the choral groups at Radio City Hall. Nick and Ann enjoyed 64 wonderful years of marriage which brought three sons. Nick and Ann taught in the Oyster Bay School system for many years. During those years, four to five summer weeks were reserved for Nick & Ann, three boys and a dog to camp in a pop-up camper, going to the various parts of the United States.

When the time came for the camper to be sold, they enjoyed their summer home in Peacham, Vermont. Nick & Ann shared their musical talents with free concerts to residents and summer people in Peacham.

Retirement was spent enjoying their 5 grandchildren and touring over the world with two other couples. They toured most of Europe. Ann's favorite was Paris. One trip to Disneyland each year was also included. Nick lived a very successful music career and an exciting retirement with Ann as they tried meeting the rest of the world.

Nick was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Joanna Zaharako, brothers Paul Apostle and Constantine Apostle.

Survivors are his wife Ann, sons Christopher, Gregory (Melissa), Robert (Maria), one grandson and four granddaughters, aunts, uncles and many first cousins. His surviving sister Helen Apostle Morris of Urbana, Ohio, Kenton graduate class of 1945 is the last of the Apostle family. Nick was one of a kind and I will miss him terribly.

Nick was a member of the marching band in 1950 and 1951. He played alto horn (1950) and served as manager (1951).