As a child, Warren H. Luening, Jr. was given a nickname by his father—“The Rock”. This nickname encapsulates in totality the man whose life we celebrate and remember, after losing him to a long and courageous battle with cancer on March 18, 2012, at the age of 70.
Born in New Orleans, Warren began what would grow into a rich and prosperous musical career, at the young age of 13. After time traveling as a young performer and then as a member of the famed NORAD band, he settled down in Los Angeles, where he spent the majority of his life. It was there that Warren’s career, working alongside innumerable greats in the music and entertainment business, truly skyrocketed. He grew to become one of the most revered and respected trumpet and flugelhorn players in the country.
Aside from being a stellar musician, Warren was a deeply loyal and loving husband, father and friend. His dedication to his family and friends was known by all fortunate enough to know him, and a constant motivation in his life. Known for his rapid wit and unrivaled sense of humor, Warren consistently captivated those around him. Rare was a day he did not offer a number of colorful anecdotes, fueled by an impeccable memory and magnificent observations both funny and true.
Warren approached every facet of his life with an admirable discipline rooted in passion, gratitude, humility and honor. His fight with cancer was no different. Our love and respect for him will remain with us–may these lessons continue to inspire us all, too.
Thank you so much for your kind gesture of love for Warren.