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At his memorial 4/22/00 were:

Delores Minger
James Minger
Keeter Betts
China and Thelma Valles
Mel Dancy
Beverly Barkley
Nina Barkley (Pete's goddaughter)
Juanita Dixon
Betty Dickson
Joan Cartwright
Melton and Kadijah Mustafa
Jesse Jones, Jr.
Pete Arias
Don Mosely
Joe Magic
Jet Nero
Eddie and Meredith Higgins
Ira Sullivan
Dominic Cavas
Bill and Margaret Peeples
John and Nicole Yarling
Ministers and Members of SOLID ROCK
Maria Velasco
Dolph Castellano
Kevin Dewberry
Dennis Noday
Ginny Crawford
Don Wilner and many more

Trumpet and flugelhorn
South Carolina
1/22/1943 - 4/13/2000


In his latter days, Pete was known as The Prime Minister of Gospel Jazz. Born in Orangeburg, South Carolina, his brother, James first introduced Pete to jazz music. Both learned piano from their mother, Vivian. Later, Pete developed an interest in the saxophone. He chose trumpet and flugelhorn, which he played in the sixties while serving in the Army.

For 10 years, Pete played with the COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA, around the world. His cousin, Johnnie Williams, arranged the audition and he was hired by Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis.

On break from the orchestra, Pete travelled to Miami to play at the Travelers East with AL GREY (also recently deceased), Jimmy Forrest and Shirley Scott. There, he met his wife, Delores. They married and made their home in Miami. Pete received a full scholarship to the University of Miami, where he earned a Bachelors of Arts and Masters Degree in Jazz Performance.

Pete also toured with Gene Harris (piano) and the Phillip Morris Superband. In 1991, he performed for the last time with the Basie Orchestra in him hometown. He and Johnnie Williams were honored as musical ambassadors and received a proclamation from Governor Carroll A. Campbell, Jr.

In 1986, Pete gave his life to Jesus Christ. He credited God for all the positive changes in his life and his music. He was a licensed and ordained minister of the New Generation Ministries. He directed the Solid Rock Family Worship Center's band. Pete took Gospel to a new level of anointing.

Pete Minger leaves a legacy of love, musical excellence and Christian Service. He will be greatly missed by the music community, especially in South Florida.