March 8, 2017 was a very solemn day. My biggest influence as a flutist said goodbye to this world, but left a legacy that will never be forgotten. Dave Valentin was only 64 years old, suffered a second, deadly stroke and died. I had learned about his first stroke a few years ago. And sadly, I heard he would never be the same musician he was before that. But at least I had the comfort in knowing he was still here, and maybe one day I would be able to finally meet him in person.

Dave-Valentin-LegendHow did I learn about Dave Valentin? I was studying flute as a child and got this crazy idea in my head that I wanted to do more with my instrument besides play classical music (which I love by the way). I had just discovered Dave Valentin, and loved his spirited performances with a serious deep-rooted Latin feel. I bought everything I could get my hands on of his and proceeded to memorize his solos. I had gotten so good at playing his music, I entered a Junior Miss pageant as a junior in high school; and even though I was gangly and awkward, my one redeeming quality was that I could really play the flute! My style was greatly influenced by Valentin!

Thank you Dave Valentin for sharing your beautiful music with the world . . . I am grateful I stumbled upon your GREATNESS. May you rest in peace.

Dave Valentine Born: April 29, 1952, New York City, New York, USA
Died: March 8, 2017