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Cary's 'Music Man' dies at 88

Posted September 19, 2012

— A longtime music store owner and high school band director in Cary died Wednesday after suffering a stroke, his family said.

Harold Burt was 88.

He owned and operated Burt Music Company, on Kildaire Farm Road, for more than 30 years. He also directed high school marching bands in Raleigh, Cary, Apex and Garner over his long career.

On Tuesday, Burt had a stroke while playing tennis, another of his favorite pastimes, his family said.

Funeral arrangements have not been finalized.


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  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Sep 20, 2012

    A very nice man. My daughter took piano lessons at his shop in Cary. He was always very helpful and looked like he really enjoyed life. :-) I'm glad he was able to enjoy activities like tennis at such an advanced age! RIP my friend...

  • somemitch Sep 20, 2012

    God Bless You, and I'll see you later friend... -xwalk2

    Touching tribute, xwalk2. I hope when its my time, I'll have a friend like you to provide a remembrance like that. Mr. Burt sounds like a very good man.

  • KermitDFrog Sep 20, 2012

    Too bad it seems like schools don't value playing musical instruments anymore. Part of the dumbing down of society. - JustAName

    Where are you getting your information? Wake county allows middle and high school students to choose band as and elective.

  • xwalk2 Sep 20, 2012

    Harold Burt is and will always be a beacon of hope and inspiration to all who knew him and his family. I know him as a member of Longview Baptist Church and as a business man, and he is an inspiration to all who knew him. Whenever, I hear people talk about Christians and Good decent people, you can not help but think of Harold. While many will remember him for his many years of service to the many schools in Wake County where he started up music bands, I will always remember him as the talk man on the back row of the LVBC choir singing, even until this past Sunday at LVBC. Even more important I will remember how Harold was still helping others no matter what their needs, even if they need a protector to walk the blind to the car to take them home. It is now OUR turn to follow Harold's life example and step up to help others in life, just like Harold followed Chist's example on helping others. God Bless You, and I'll see you later friend. Charlie Tew, LVBC

  • trafalgerfountain Sep 20, 2012

    Anyone who brings so many people to the art of music making makes the world a better, more civilized place. God bless him.

  • JustAName Sep 20, 2012

    Too bad it seems like schools don't value playing musical instruments anymore. Part of the dumbing down of society.

  • eb2cents Sep 20, 2012

    That's the way I want to go - on the tennis court - in my eighties. Good for him! Jimmy Burns is another wonderful man who could be described very similarly! RIP Mr. Burt.

  • simplelogic Sep 20, 2012

    88 and still playing tennis? Wow! That's impressive. Sounds like he really lived his life to the max.

  • Jim-Jones Sep 20, 2012

    Mr. Burt was a wonderful, kind, whole hearted person and you don't see that much anymore.

  • tmh1375 Sep 20, 2012

    RIP Mr. Burt and condolences to the family.