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2000 47th Avenue
Greeley, CO 80634
Phone: 970-353-1212
Fax: 970-353-4881
Thomas Van Schoick II

Thomas Tiption Van Schoick II

Wednesday, December 19th, 1962 - Friday, September 6th, 2019
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Thomas Tipton Van Schoick II, 56 of Greeley, passed away on September 6, 2019 in Greeley Colorado. He was born in Sacramento, California on December 19th, 1962 to Elmer Tipton and Shirlie Mae Van Schoick.

Tom received his B.M.E. from the University of Montana and a M.M. from the University of Northern Colorado. He was the principal percussionist with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra for 30 years and performed with the Fort Collins Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Larimer Chorale and Synesthesia Chamber Music.

Tom played and recorded with jazz pianist Marc Sabatella. He toured and performed in Havana with Caribbean Music and Dance, indulging his passion for folkloric and Afro-Cuban music. He also toured as a sponsor with Greeley Central High School choir, band, and orchestra to Ireland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Paris. In addition to his studio teaching and lecturing at UCD, he taught privately, and performed regularly in classical, jazz, rock, pop and folkloric genres. Most recently Tom enjoyed performing with the variety band Groove ‘N Motion.

Tom is survived by sister Kristina Engen, nephews Jeff and Craig Engen, grandniece Holly Engen and grandnephew Ezra Engen and sister Amy Nicholls , nephews Jordan, Trevor and Samuel Nicholls and niece Stephanie Nicholls.

Life Celebration gathering will be held from 5-8 pm, Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Adamson Life Celebration Home, 2000 47th Avenue In Greeley, Colorado. The Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra will recognize Tom, Principal Percussionist from 1989-2019 at their season opener on Friday September 27th at 7:30 pm at the Union Colony Civic Center. Please join us as we celebrate Tom’s life and dedication to music.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra – PO Box 1535, Greeley, CO 80632.
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    Thursday, September 26th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, September 26th, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Adamson Celebration Center
    2000 47th Avenue
    Greeley, Colorado 80634
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  • Service

    Thursday, September 26th, 2019 | 5:00pm
    Thursday, September 26th, 2019 5:00pm
    Adamson Celebration Center
    2000 47th Avenue
    Greeley, Colorado 80634
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Rose Gurrola

Posted at 05:26pm
I met Thomas where I work and he was always very friendly and loved to chit chat. I thoroughly enjoyed our conversations and enjoyed hearing him practice his drums before any gig he would be taking part in. Always wore a smile on his face. Going to miss him coming in our small talk. RIP sir and now you will be playing in the biggest band ever!! God bless you! Condolences to family and friends.

Jeannette Kolokoff

Posted at 10:34am
Tom was a valued member of the Greeley Philharmonic. In addition to being an excellent percussionist, he always brought a smile to the orchestra.

Tom Leyba

Posted at 06:46pm
Tom was the drum line and percussion instructor for Greeley West High School for a number of years. He was beloved by the percussion students and made a significant contribution to their music education. The band did an annual Halloween marching show in costume and one year the entire drum line dressed as Tom in his classic blazer with scarf and open collar shirt. It was a fitting tribute to a man who gave so much of himself to his students. He was one of the most even tempered and positive people I have ever met. He was a master of percussion and had a great passion for sharing it with anyone who desired it. The music community in northern Colorado has lost a major contributor to the many ensembles of the area. My sincere condolences to your family and many friends. Rest in peace my friend. You will be greatly missed.

Brenden Good

Posted at 11:57am
Tom brought so many gifts to our lives. We will never forget him!
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Mike Smith

Posted at 09:36am
The thing that instantly comes to mind when I think of Tom is his obsession with all things percussion. We were in grad school together, and we played in the Fort Collins and Cheyenne Symphony Orchestras together, and it amazed me that Tom probably had 10 different-sized triangle beaters (and probably 10 different triangles to match)!! He was a fine musician, and a good guy. He'll be missed.

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