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Wheaton remembers Rick Britto

College community mourns the loss of music instructor

The Wheaton community has learned that music instructor, Richard Alan "Rick" Britto, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 in his hometown of New Bedford, Mass.

Rick Britto was a well known jazz educator from New England. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, he was a faculty member at both Wheaton College and the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.

At Wheaton, Britto taught private lessons for saxophone and jazz piano, directed music ensembles and led classes in Jazz Theory and African-American Music History.

Britto also owned a jazz record label, TrineArc Music, and a recording studio, Saurus Studio, where he produced numerous projects for radio, television and digital mediums.

In an announcement to the community, Professor Tim Harbold said that the music department "will miss the enormous vitality, personality and talent Britto brought to Wheaton's jazz music program since 1997."

Visiting hours are scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10, at Saunders Funeral Home in New Bedford. A funeral service will be held Saturday, Aug. 11 at 9 a.m. from the First Church of the Nazarene in New Bedford.