Dr. Maslanka is an honorary member of the Delta Sigma chapter at the University of Texas at Arlington and the Gamma Phi chapter at Stephen F. Austin State University. David Maslanka’s memory will live on through his significant contributions to the wind band repertoire and the countless number of students, conductors, and musicians who will continue to perform his works and share his music. Kappa Kappa Psi mourns Dr. Maslanka’s passing, and we send our thoughts and prayers to his family. We also send our gratitude for a life well-lived and his positive impact on college and university bands.
Maslanka, 74 years old, was diagnosed with a severe form of colon cancer in June. His wife Alison died on July 3rd of this year, and his health declined rapidly following her passing. He is survived by his three children Stephen, Matthew, and Kathryn.