William M Daggett, Jr.

William M Daggett, Jr.

William MacTavish Daggett Jr. - Obituary

A member of Pershing’s Own The United States Army Band First Sergeant - Retired

After an extensive battle with lung cancer, William “Bill” MacTavish Daggett Jr. was called home on May 2nd, 2019. Bill was born on March 5, 1946 to William MacTavish, Sr. and Isabel Ayton in New York, New York. He is survived by his beloved wife, Dorothea “Bunny”, his sons William MacTavish, III (Katherine), Brian Andrew (Ashley), grandchildren Christian Blake, Landen Andrew, and Charlotte Isabel, and his brother, Bruce Elliott (Etta) and nephews Mark and Matthew.

Bill graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy in 1964 and Junior College in 1966. Bill earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a Masters Degree in Music Performance from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. In 1968, Bill joined The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” where he served for 14 years performing for many dignitaries both foreign and domestic. Bill also had the distinct privilege of performing for The President of The United States, including Richard M. Nixon, Gerald E. Ford, Jimmy E. Carter, Ronald W. Reagan, and George H. W. Bush. His performances with The United Stated Army Band included such organizations as The Army Ceremonial Band, The Army Blues, and Concert Band all based at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia. Within “Pershing’s Own”, Bill co-founded The Army Band Brass Quintet and was a contributing member of the Herald Trumpets. Upon leaving The United States Army Band, Bill served in the 62nd Army Band at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. While at Fort Bliss, Bill attended the First Sergeant’s Academy and successfully obtained the Rank of First Sergeant. From Texas, Bill went on to the United States Army Europe Band in Heidelberg, Germany where he established the USAREUR Band’s Dixieland Band. He returned to The Army Ground Forces Band (214th) in Atlanta, Georgia where he retired as First Sergeant in 1991. Following his retirement, Bill continued his musical contributions performing with The Tara Winds based in Atlanta, Georgia. As a soloist, Bill performed many Euphonium and Trombone Solos including Carnival of Venice and Devil’s Tongue. His love for teaching landed him as a Low Brass Instructor at the University of West Georgia where he influenced many Music Education and Performance Majors. He remained in this position for 8 years and continued to teach privately many students including High School students of the Georgia All State Band and members of the University of Georgia.

Bill and Bunny fully retired to Myrtle Beach in 2012 and have enjoyed life on the golf course with many new friends and military friends he met along the way. He was a humble servant to music and his talents will be missed. Because of Bill and Bunny’s love of animals donation requests would be appreciated to your area Animal Rescue or Human Society in lieu of flowers. Funeral arrangements for Bill’s final resting place are being made for January, 2020 at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Michael Cyzewski
North Carolina Symphony
Created On: 05/27/2019 01:06:14

I was fortunate enough to have been friends with Bill when he was a student at Temple University and for my three years spent in the Army band ,,Pershing’s Own from 1970 -73. He had an enormous heart and there was not anything he would not do for you. We all remember his wonderful sense of humor and infectious laugh. He was an excellent trombonist with a shining tone and beautiful vibrato. His baritone horn playing was virtuosic. He will be remembered warmly by all musicians he touched with his playing and personality . So wonderful that he will be buried at Arlington cemetery where he contributed to it’s specialness .

Robert M Boyce
Created On: 05/11/2019 22:15:25

Bunny and Family. Danielle and I were blessed to know 'Big Bill' from serving in the Army Band together to neighbors in the Newnan, GA area. We worked together in many great musical events and I will miss Bill and his advice and friendship. Only time will heal the sorrow and rest assure his strength, positive -fun loving nature- will endure and never be forgotten.

Andrea Daggett
Naples, FL
Created On: 05/10/2019 19:08:28

I am truly honored to be a part of Bill’s family. He was my cousin, and I have wonderful memories of hearing him play in D.C. in the 70’s at “Twilight Tattoo”, and on the recordings of “Army Blues” and Pershing’s Own, “The US Army Band”. He and his brother Bruce entertained my siblings when we visited them in Wantagh, NY in the 60’s playing the trombone and saxophone. I am grateful that he and his brother organized a Daggett Family Reunion in Myrtle Beach in June 2016, where we met our second cousins and their families, and reminisced with each other about our parents and grandparents and caught up with our own life events. He had an infectious laugh, and when he smiled, you couldn’t help but smile back just as big! Ironically, just last week I heard another euphonium player, Bob Powers, who was also a former member of “Pershing’s Own, US Army Band” play “Carnival of Venice” in a concert with Naples Brass. Rest In Peace, Bill, and thank you for your awesome love of family and music.
Love, Andrea (cousin)

Chris D. Burton
16203 Kings Valley Dr, Montclair Va. 22025
Created On: 05/07/2019 23:37:53

I am very sorry for your loss and I am very happy to have known Bill as a plebe at VFMA and as a fellow bandsman. His music was a joy to hear for all of us and continues on in all the recordings made over the years.

If its possible to attend his burial at Arlington in Jan of 2020 It would be an honor to be there.

Chris D. Burton

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