Graham A. Ellis, 76


Graham A. Ellis, 76, passed away at his home in Huntington Beach, Calif., on May 27, 2013. The cause was a sudden heart attack.

He is survived by his brother, David (Elizabeth) of Brookfield. In keeping with his love of the coast, his ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean.

Graham was a 1955 graduate of Cedarburg High School, where he excelled in music, winning honors with his trombone. He went on to serve for four years in the U.S. Navy band and then to play with Stan Kenton’s orchestra and many other notable big bands in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Later he tuned pianos and drove for a limousine company in Los Angeles before retiring in his favorite town, Huntington Beach.