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“To the Getz Family,We are so sorry to hear about John. We have been neighbors of John's for the past 12 years on the next block over. We met John...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Wayne and Jeannette Rose - VA

Valley Forge trombonist John Getz between Dan Witter to left and Mike Brooks to right “John was a gem; a friend and marvelous musician. His loss is unimaginable. He was among the finest trombone players with whom I've had the pleasure...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Dan Witter - Holts Summit, MO

“To the Getz Family, I am so sorry to hear of John's Passing. I have many memories of growing up together with John in the trombone section of the...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Samuel Martin - Hershey, PA

“This is just one of the many stories that I could tell about John, but it is telling of who he was. In our mother's later years, she developed...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Anne Goshert - Chanhassen, MN

“We are so sorry for your loss. We will keep all of you in our thought and prayers and hope that you find comfort and peace in your memories. ”
5 of 19 | Posted by: Debbie LiPira - St. Johns, FL

“To the Getz family. Should have mentioned in my previous posting of a little know fact about John. When we were bandsmen at VF, John would be...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Tom Merman

“To the Entire Getz family. An old adage says a person is only gone if we stop remembering. Proud that I played in the band at VF with John. He was...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Tom Merman - PA - Friend

“Condolences to the Getz family. Kathy and Paul Harclerode, close friends of Tom and Dawn. ”
8 of 19 | Posted by: Paul and Kathy Harclerode - PA

“Thanks for the memories...I will miss you. Prayers to the Getz family. ”
9 of 19 | Posted by: Dawn Anderson - Fredericksburg, VA

“May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always. ”
10 of 19 | Posted by: American Heart Association

“John was an amazing colleague and friend. In the office and in court, he was funny and fun to be around. He was always willing to help out no...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Zain Shirazi - La Plata, MD

“John, you called Friday evening. I wish I had answered your call. Thanks for always being a friend I could count on. Rest in Peace. Tom M. ”
12 of 19 | Posted by: Tom McNicholas - Baltimore

“I met John as a reporter for, my last journalism job before I retired. He was a public defender and I covered court cases in Charles...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Joseph Norris - Mechanicsville, MD

“Too soon...On my first day of school at E.R. Martin John walked in with trombone. We talked baseball and that afternoon I began spending many days at...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Dave Shelley - Murfreesboro, TN

“My sincere condolences. May the God of all comfort strengthen you all during this difficult time. Rom 15:4JD ”
15 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“To the family of John Richard Getz I would like to express my condolences to you and may you receive the comfort that God can give as He put his...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Ms

“Rest In Peace John. It was a pleasure to know and work with you during the many years we worked for the Public Defender. ”
17 of 19 | Posted by: Patricia Bowles-Buckler - MD

“A gentleman in every sense of the word. He always had a smile. I never heard him speak an unkind word of anyone or anything. He was a better man than...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: Daniel Caughey - San Francisco, CA

“Dear John, I didn't need to know you, to know that if you were my friend Peggy's brother, you were a good person. It will be a challenge for your...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Rhenda Fearrington Fearrington - PA

John Richard Getz Esquire, 64 of Colonial Beach, VA passed away in his home Friday, October 19, 2018. He was born Thursday, December 17, 1953 in Bethlehem, PA. He was a valedictorian graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy in 1971. He then went on to the University of North Texas and later to Towson University where he earned a degree in Political Science. He played trombone under the direction of the great Hank Levy in the renowned jazz band at Towson. He earned his Juris Doctorate from University of Baltimore. John was an accomplished attorney and musician. A professional trombonist, he performed at the first inauguration of Richard Nixon (1969) and the 2nd Inauguration of George W. Bush (2005). He played with several bands and jazz groups and performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Barry Manilow, Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Tom Jones, Ray Charles and Perry Como just to mention a few.
John loved every aspect of music, whether it was composing, recording, practicing, performing or just listening. His album collection is phenomenal and eclectic. He picked up random instruments just for fun and played them well. John was also an avid sports fan and had Ravens season tickets for years. He also enjoyed photography, filmography, comedy writing, and spending time on the Potomac.
John is survived by his wife, Emma Powell of Spotsylvania, VA, his two sons, Richard John (Celene) Getz of Nottingham, MD and Matthew (Cara) Getz of Arlington, VA and three siblings, Peggy Murr of Havertown, PA, Tom (Dawn) Getz of Lancaster, PA, and Anne (Timothy) Goshert of Minneapolis, MN. He is survived by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Getz and Berenice Morse.
A Celebration of John's Life will be held Saturday, October 27th from 2-5pm at The Bowman Restaurant, 9306 Harford Rd, Parkville, MD 21234. Eulogies and memories will be shared from 4-5pm.
Donations may be made in John's memory to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, VA 23060, (online at Online condolences may be left for the family at