American trumpet player and teacher Sidney Mear was born on 23 June 1918. While still a child, he studied with Herbert L Clarke and Bohumir Kryl, and at nineteen, with Pattee Evenson (Rochester Philharmonic's first trumpet) at the Eastman School of Music.
Sid played with the Rochester Philharmonic (1940-68), becoming the orchestra's principal trumpet in 1947, and playing for some of the world's most prominent conductors. His performances are featured on the orchestra's recordings on the Mercury Living Presence label.
He also taught at the Eastman School of Music from 1940 until retiring in 1980.
Sidney Mear died in Pittsford on 13 March 2016, aged ninety-seven.