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Wilbert “Wilby” Fletcher Dies October 15 in Wilmington, Delaware

Drummer Wilbert Fletcher, known both professionally and personally as Wilby, died suddenly on October 15, 2009, three days before his 55th birthday. Born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Fletcher rose to prominence performing with the bands of McCoy Tyner and Grover Washington, Jr. both of whom had close roots to the Philadelphia are and both of whom often relied on the music scene there for their sidemen.

Fletcher received his early education in Wilmington, Delaware at George Gray Elementary School and graduated from P.S. DuPont High School in 1972. After high school, Fletcher attended The Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts. Fletcher was introduced to the drums at the age of four. He participated in the high school band and was later introduced to jazz by his father.

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