Tribute to honor Al Adams, Mira Costa...

Tribute to honor Al Adams, Mira Costa's `music man'

There are 11 comments on the Daily Breeze story from Apr 25, 2008, titled Tribute to honor Al Adams, Mira Costa's `music man'. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

Al Adams, who was Mira Costa High School's band director from 1988 to 2003, leads students in a practice in 1999.

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Oxnard, CA

#1 Apr 25, 2008
Al was one of a kind...he will be missed

Anaheim, CA

#3 Apr 25, 2008
I played flute at Costa for a couple years when Mr. Adams first started there. He was amazing. I am so sad to hear of his much, much too early passing. He really will be missed. More than words can say.
Chris Laursen

Portland, OR

#4 Apr 29, 2008
i wish i could have been at the memorial
because of MR A i went from troubled youth to Navy veteran
he motivated even the toughest students
because of MR A i learned 7 instruments from wood wind to brass to percusion
he pushed and pushed for drum line which i thought was dumb but he saw potential when i learned and mastered trombone in a week from only playing flute
i was always second chair in the trombone section because it was more fun than first

Mr A was and inspiration for me to join the military and better my life

the last time i saw him i was in uniform after being transfered to sandiego
ill always remember what he taught me about team work leadership and all out using my head instead of my fists lol

Youll be missed Mr A
amy manhattan beach


#5 May 1, 2008
the frist time i met he was in the summer of my junoir year of highschool that's my memory of mr al adams
amy manhattan beach

Long Beach, CA

#6 May 1, 2008
he was a great teacher and he will be missed by all of us who hade him as a AL adam

Anaheim, CA

#7 May 6, 2008
Mr. A was a great teacher, mentor and friend. He left us too soon and will be missed the rest of our lives. I will think of him often as all of his students will.
Laura Eimiller

Redlands, CA

#8 May 9, 2008
Al was a friend and a comforting sight for sore eyes and ears whenever we got together. He exuded charisma and was first class, through and through. Though I never knew him as a teacher and never saw him play, I imagine he was pretty amazing. I will miss him tremendously.
amy manhattan beach

Long Beach, CA

#9 May 10, 2008
mr a was a friend and a teacher and he will be missed good bye
Dwayne Dockings

Diamond Bar, CA

#10 May 18, 2008
I just heard of Mr. Adams passing. He was the single most inspirational teacher in my life as well as so many others. Does anyone have contact information of where to send some flowers or a card?
Dwayne Dockings
Dwayne Dockings

Diamond Bar, CA

#11 May 18, 2008
There is a man who filled thousands of students over the years with inspiration, and aspirations of becomeing better musicians and individuals. As he would say "Practice Makes Perfect" He will never be forgotton!
Sean Skifstrom

San Jacinto, CA

#12 Feb 25, 2013
I just want to say that Al Adams was gold to this world. He taught me to love music and I mean LOVE music. Al Adams felt every note, cry, and laugh.
I first met Al Adams when I was in 5th grade. He picked me out of a few kids at Pennekamp in Manhattan Beach CA.
So on my way to MBI (96-97) I got to know the man who would set the stage for my life. Some days I'd come into class unprepared, some days I'd come prepared, he'd always tell me what was wrong. I know I wasn't always the best but he would tell me what I needed to work on.
He wouldn't tell you what you were doing wrong, he would work on it with you. If you asked Mr. Adams for help with your instrument, he'd be there. If you asked Mr. Adams which instrument he plays he'd say the clarinet. If you asked Mr. Adams where we were going after a show he'd say Mac Donalds
To you Alfred Adams
-Thank you

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