September 13, 2011
Brooke Ostrander, our friend, multi-instrumentalist and keyboard player in Wicked Lester died of cancer on Sept. 3rd. After the dissolution of that band, he went on to become an impassioned and devoted high school music teacher. He lives on in his family members and all the students who were blessed by his teaching.

We will all miss him.

OBITUARY: William Brooke Ostrander

William Brooke Ostrander, a music educator at Missisquoi Valley Union High School for 26 years, passed away Saturday afternoon, September 3, 2011, in the Northwestern Medical Center surrounded by loving family and friends.

Brooke had an unending passion for music from the time he was a young boy, participating in numerous ensembles in High School, All State Music Festivals, and an award winning drum and bugle corps in New York City. He received his baccalaureate and master degrees, Magna Cum Laude, in Music Theory and Composition from Emporia State University, created inspirational music with his rock and roll band Wicked Lester, and worked as a studio musician at Electric Ladyland Studio with recording artists like Steven Stills. Brooke spent 10 years in Browning, Montana where he developed a music program for the Blackfeet Indian tribe.

Brooke was so much more than just a music teacher. He was a life coach for those who he knew needed him. When in his presence the love, guidance, humor, calm strength, and nurturing aura was powerful enough to last a lifetime.

Brooke lives on through the love of his wife, Carol Ann, his daughter Katy and her husband Reid, his son Jordan and his wife Alexis, his sister Cathi and brother Bruce, his brother-in-law Bob and his wife Barbara, his sister-in-law Angela and her husband Eugene and his father-in-law George Storck

Gifts in Brooke’s memory may be made to a Music Scholarship that is being established in his name for students at Missisquoi Valley Union High School, in care of, Carol Ostrander, 1990 Highgate Road, Saint Albans 05478.