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Patrick Byers (Cante Luta): Guestbook

Joe Byers

August 28, 2018

My brother and Cante Luta. Another year gone as we approach the changing of the leaves and my thoughts are about you and the Eagle soaring in the clouds near our Lord and Creator. Miss you and love you dearly. Thank you for blessing my life with your love and gift of music.

Cheryl McKowen

January 18, 2018

mesmerizing, inspiring,spellbinding...and I am just getting started..I look forward to delving in to each aspect of this gifted mans works and words.

Tatiana Douyon

December 2, 2017

I came across your video of the "Turns Around the Back" for the LaGuardia students you loved. I remember you telling me that as long as I felt the music I would get the counts. You were really the best, especially the days when your wife would play along side of you. Top moments in a LaGuardia dance studio.

Joe Byers

September 13, 2017

Thinking of you today and times together talking about life. Miss you and love you. Little Brother , Joe

Lorene Flanders

March 26, 2013

Listening to "Four Hand Relections" CD with my daughter Jordan Campbell and her voice teacher Eva Schultz in Carrollton, Georgia. My great aunt Irene Flanders taught piano, and Pat Byers was her star pupil.

Joe Byers

July 28, 2011

Your presence surrounds me as I listen and organize your music which is heading to Julia and the NCSA. It's almost a year since you and I spoke and discussed your departure from this world at our house in Poughkeepsie. I think about you and Collin often. Your lives will live on for many generations in the hearts of those that knew you and loved you both. I miss you and love you. Your Little Brother. Joe

Richard Titone

June 17, 2011

In the last few months of his life Patrick and I improvised. From this he wrote a 3 movement Trumpet Sonata. He titled for me Sonata Titone. I played the slow movement at his memorial concert in New York in December last year. We had finished editing the 3rd Movement. He sent me the trumpet part but the final piano part was unable to be downloaded from his laptop. From his penultimate hard copy I've pieced together the 3rd movement as we performed it together. There are plans to perform the entire work here at LaGuardia High school in June 2012 as part of the Senior Dance Recital. It was the musical joy of my life working on this piece with him. I would like it to become a part of his musical legacy. He credits me as editor. This piece should be published. I know as a trumpeter how few important modern sonatas for trumpet have been written. This is one of them.

Fred Byers

January 11, 2011

Patrick, I was so overwhelmed by the myriad of friends, students, colleagues, and fellow artists along with family who gathered at LaGuardia to celebrate your life, as well as the fellowship of family and friends in Winston Salem. Your life has been tightly woven into our souls. Your children, grandchildren, Jennifer and Nikki are cherished by me deeply. Now, I know so many more of your friends, and we all share an incredible love for you.
I miss you and think of you everyday.

L. Molina

January 2, 2011

I had always wanted to learn how to play the piano, and one day I asked Mr. Byers if he knew how to play beethoven's moonlight sonata (which of course he knew how to play!). I asked him to show me how to play it, and he did. He taught me the first few bars, and I will never forget that. Thank you.
I just recently heard from a former classmate of Mr.Byers passing, and was overwhelmed with sadness. I am very glad to have known him, and most especially to have been able to dance to his beautiful music at La Guardia.
I would like to express my deepest condolences to Mrs. Jennifer Byers,all his children, and family.

Joe Byers

December 29, 2010

Patrick I felt your presence looking down as your music was played at your memorial at Laguardia High School. Your spirit and music soars with the Eagles! Love you, Joe

Pat Watkins

December 10, 2010

I met Jennifer and Patrick on the playground when we both had little ones and were living around the Gramercy Park area. I was one of those whose jaw dropped open when he first told me the number in his brood. We had good times together and it was a source of comfort having another southerner just down the street. Being from Alabama and knowing the quality of the work of the Shakespeare Festival where he sometimes worked, I was not surprised by
his talent but delighted to be in the company of such dedicated artists as he and his wife Jennifer. My husband and I were also in the arts, so we all had our struggles and stories to compare. We had, in the last several years, fallen out of touch and just now as my son begins his first year at LaGuardia, I read on their December newsletter of Patrick's death. The fun we could have had sharing time together at LaGuardia has passed us by but I will hopefully now be reconnected with his wonderful family. I am thinking of you all. MUCH LOVE, Pat Watkins

rosanne soifer

December 6, 2010

Surprised and saddened to hear of Patrick's untimely death..we enjoyed alot of good bull sessions in the Dance Department faculty room when I would come in to sub.

Kris Kuipers

November 29, 2010

I had the pleasure and privildge to work with Patrick at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival many years ago...
I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing way too young. Patrick I'll miss you.

Rev. Francis Perry Azah

October 28, 2010

Patrick was known to me two years ago through his brother Joe Byers. We had a lengthy conversation on a variety of things including music, the Bible and life in general. It was interesting to note that Patrick was endowed with numerous ideas to assist humanity. I really enjoyed his company and that of his children. In fact, he was always trying to seek the face of God and one can realize how tremendous his soul yearns for that. When I was praying for him the first time we met and even during this year’s Labor Day weekend (2010) I felt the humility in his life and soul. He told me to continue to pray for him and his family which I was doing until September 25, 2010 when I was called by Joe his brother that Patrick was dying so I should pray for him. At exactly 11:30 p.m. I was called again that he passed away. It was a shock to me when I heard that. One thing I believe is that since he tried to do the will of his Maker through the services he rendered to his neighbors and humanity in general, he is now resting in the bosom of the Maker. He inspired a lot of hearts with his songs and teaching profession. Humanity will continue to remember him for his gigantic achievements. May his soul rest in perfect peace. Amen!!!

kevin flaherty

October 20, 2010

Patrick, I had the honor of meeting you, and playing with you. Thanks

Claire Byers

October 14, 2010


I'm his daughter... and in case you can't get in touch with Jennifer, I can explain the basics: my dad was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in March of 2009. He was in chemo from then until his passing a few weeks ago. It was a hard journey, but my dad handled it with grace, and left having shared the best parts of himself. I guess that's as much as I know to say right now.

Andrew Cordle

October 10, 2010

By accident I found this website and learned that Pat died 2 weeks
ago. I have not seen him since New Year's Eve 2008 - I made multiple
attempts to contact him in these past 2 years yet he did not answer
the phone or any emails I sent. I do not know what happened to him but
I hope I can speak to his wife soon to find out...

Jessica Watson

October 10, 2010

I too am a graduate of LaGuardia (03) and I am deeply saddened by the loss of Mr. Byers. So many memories are flooding in...but what I remember most, is the joy that Mr. Byers brought to all of us daily--both with his music and with his person. He was so real and never judged. He shared his love of life with us.

My experiences in high school were not conventional. I gave birth to a beautiful little girl during my junior year of high school. I was extremely self-conscious and Mr. Byers was one of the people that never judged me--that reminded me of the joys of children and family. He lived such a full (and tumultuous) life and shared his wisdom and experience with us all. I am so grateful to have known Mr. Byers and will miss him sorely. I still tell my daughter stories about him and my time at LaGuardia. Thank you for recording and preserving the life of such an incredible man. My deepest condolences go to Patrick's family.

Saul Spangenberg

October 7, 2010

I am shock and saddened by the news of Patrick's passing. The world has lost a talented, passionate, and devoted man.

Mark Boggs

October 5, 2010

Patrick Left Again, I Spent a Lot of Time with some of Your Children .I Saw the Lonesomeness in there Eyes and Longing in their Hearts .I was Most Priveleged to Know Audra who even lived with us at My Home,Adorable Child / Adult She was My Sons sweetheart Her 1st Romance and His . Your Children have a Lovely Spirit as if You Were Hitting the Keys in their lives everyday,Your Kids will Do great things and you will smile at their accomplishments.Many times I Wondered Why ,I Just Hugged them and Loved them ,with smiles and Father encouragement i Enjoyed them all.I Not Being of the Social fringe of people You guys are .I Just Set on the sidelines and Observed ,watched Nikki struggle By.She did !All Children Deserve their parents ,this is a Mistake many of us undertake .Not judging You or Myself.You were a Spirit to them and a Force .I see it Every time I Am among them ,Patrick Have no regrets ,Job Well Done and You Did Help the World and You Got to See it .Your Music Sounds throughLots of Hills and Gifts You Gave are of No Regrets!Forever a Friend ,The Redneck Father,Mark,Audras other Dad !

Melissa Tozer

October 4, 2010

Just the other day, I was talking about how much your music inspired me as well as my fellow dancers. Your music will always have a special place in my heart. Rest peacefully.

Kenneth Frazelle

October 2, 2010

I just heard the sad news of your passing, dear Patrick. You were a force--of warmth, deep musicality, generosity, outrageous humor and unique outlook on life. The children I know of yours always lift my spirits when they're around, a testament to their loving parents.

I had the good fortune to know you over many visits since the early '70's--as a fellow composer, pianist, and friend. Every interaction was infused with your integrity, care, and serious commitment to living. You were a profound presence in so many lives.

Joe Byers

October 2, 2010

My Brother. I was honored to be at your bedside during your final moments in this world. The feeling of your spirit at that moment helps me to understand how precious life is and to cherish every day as though it is your last. I will always love you Bro. Your Little Brother Joe

Ebboni Young

October 1, 2010

I know im not the first person to say this and i wont be the last. You were such an inspiration to me and everyone you've ever known. Thank you for being genuine and kind and selfless. Your music brings me joy. I gave up the piano a while ago but now i would love to start back because of you. You always pushed me to continue and never give up. You always listened to when I played and gave amazing feed back no matter how lame I sounded. I wish we kept in touch !!
Rest In Peace and continue to make brilliant music up in heaven. You will truly be missed !!
-Ebboni Young

Ellenore Scott

September 30, 2010

What an extraordinary musician, composer, father, friend you were during my time at LaGuardia High School. Your music made my dancing richer, fuller...musicality was bred through listening to your wonderful music during class. How I loved your compositions and how you would sneak "Happy Birthday" in during the class when someone had a birthday! Always so thoughtful and peaceful. Much love and warmth to you and your family.

Robert Moran

September 28, 2010

I would recall my younger days at LaGuardia High School when I received my very first gig in television in which he was there to share it me. I became the talk show host of my very own local television. Man he was thrilled for me and always I was to him a star.

He was there to encourage me with my music. Always there all the time when I needed him to hear a new melody that I wrote on my guitar.
I'll never forget how we would take my melodies and play them on the piano. He would do it even while the dancers performed.

I'll never forget what he has done for me and through it all, from above he is opening doors for that were locked. I can see it happening before my very eyes.
I was there with him when the existence of Christ was over him. The return of child to the father. A remarkable experience though unable to understand at that moment from tears in my eyes because I thought we would never speak again but I was wrong.
I had a minute to speak to him alone. Played some of my melodies for him on the guitar. I spoke to him and told him I will continue to need for you to take care of me and look over me. Nothing changes.
I made clear to him nothing changes. We were always real to each other. I told this to him when he said he was comfortable if the Lord would have him join in Heaven and this was over a beer. I told him well regardless, I will still need you always and he made it clear he would be there.
So he has and I feel it.
God has allowed for me to still stay in contact with my friend. I still speak to him through the Holy Spirit, and how entertaining he and Christ have made my day.
He silently is opening doors that were locked and his protection is visible in my victory over the enemy.
He kept me from going crazy literally when my old girl and I didn't work out. I must have sounded crazy to him but he understood and guided me through the toughest time in my life.

So many moments more moments as well.

He was my friend and here I was a student sitting in the teachers cafeteria with him conversating literally all day with him. Some teachers didn't like it but he didn't care. We would just always hang out and then finally staff excepted we were cool like that. I became his child and therefore father and son can speak whenever. He adopted me as his very own.
Spending honestly about 4 hours each day with him either playing music with him or just discussing life.

Theb est thing ever was that his studio was next to my office where I use to film the tv show so I would go hang out with him after work or before work and take the train with him after school to the station.

It was the biggest chapter of my life and it all involved Patrick. I was very fortunate.
He is a saint at work and feel free to also call on him at any moment.

one time student

September 27, 2010

I recently started school and attending for a week, I only had one class with you. Yet during that one class, I began looking forward for a semester full of invigorating lessons of music. Every day I looked forward to attending your class in hopes that we would be able to begin. I'm sorry that we never got to play or that I never got to express my love for music and my talent to you. Yet your talent will always live on in the hearts of those that truly love you dearly. They say death is the start of a new life. And it seems as though your start will be composing music for the angels, as the rain pours down the next few days, I know the sounds of the drops drizzling on the ground below are the hidden sounds of your music playing from above.

God bless the friends and family of Patrick, and remember you'll all be reunited someday. Rest in Peace.

Michael Colina

September 27, 2010

Cante Luta Patrick Byers: to the family of this specially talented poet, teacher, pianist, composer, husband and father I want to send you my love, blessing and empathy in your loss. Patrick will be a part of everyone single one of us who knew and loved him. He has transcended and encompassed us all!!
love & Light

Anonymous student at Indepedence H.S.

September 27, 2010

I was never able to meet you. I was assigned to have you as my music teacher but in time that I got there you were gone. Today I heard the news. Teachers explained who you were and how great of a person you were too. I came to this website in curiousity to find out a little bit about you. I've read throughout the whole site and I've listened to your compositions. I've been inspired by the wonderful music you have created. It's a shame I was not able to meet you but I wll continue to learn about you through your writings and music. May you truly rest in peace.

Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem

September 27, 2010

Peace, Love, Healing and our deepest condolences to grieving family and friends. Patrick was a man who touched our lives significantly and deeply. His spirit will live on as we continue to perform his beautiful music, and remember our times together.

Bryce-Loren Walker

September 27, 2010

Mr. Byers you were like a dad to me at Laguardia ... Whenever I was upset, you were always there to cheer me up... Your music was always beautiful to listen to... to dance to... Thank you so much for being there..... You will always be in my heart.....You will be missed but never forgotten

Rest in Peace
* Bryce -Loren Walker *

Jessica Alvardao

September 27, 2010

Although our encounter was short,you made a life long impact on my life.Because of you I will forever be able to play Row Row Row Your Boat!Thank you for you patience,kind words and encouragement.Rest In Peace and I hope to see you in the future.Keep on playing and God Bless

Inem Akpan

September 27, 2010

I never got to ask you all those questions about your journey to Africa. You meant so much to me. Thank you for all of your guidance and support throughout the years. Rest in peace.

Jessica Black

September 27, 2010

I will forever hold you and your beautiful music in my heart. Rest in Peace Mr. Byers.

Mary A. Lewis

September 27, 2010

Patrick, You were a talent that burned too brightly for our little town of Dublin. Anyone who ever heard you play felt the passion and the gift you had for music. Rest well.

Andrew M. Akers

September 27, 2010

I was glad to renew our friendship and ties to that funny little school in Winston Salem.
See you in the morrow Patrick old boy as all of your NCSA classmates will be there at next big Rocket Launch . For that I promise......


Michael Warren

September 27, 2010

Patrick was a dear friend, a musical influence, and had a positive impact on my life. Even though I haven't seen him since high school, his smile, and his intelligence, are fresh in my mind. I tried to look him up a couple of times over the years, but was unsuccessful. I wanted to tell him what a positive influence he was on my life. Pat encouraged me in my musical endeavors and introduced me to the local library’s jazz collection. He and I would play in his family room, me with a small drum set, him with an upright piano and a stack of Roger William’s song books, while his mother ironed clothes and his younger siblings looked on.
To Pat's family, Julie and Laura particularly, I want to say that I feel your loss deeply. Pat will be missed. I wish I could have told him how much his friendship meant to me.

Shonelle Collins

September 27, 2010

Rest in Peace Mr. Byers. Thank you for all the happy memories at LaGuardia.

I will truly miss you.

John H. Reid

September 27, 2010

A man's spirit never leaves the earth, but lives on as his life inspires lives generation after generation. Thank you for investing us with your inspiration, Cante Luta Patrick Byers. You are missed.

Charli Bradshaw

September 27, 2010

Mr. Byers,
I must thank you for being in my corner. Always in my corner even when you may have been a lone solider there. Dance was nothing without the music that inspired me. And that inspiring music was nothing with out you. I thank you for everything. Play for Martha is heaven as she does her turns around the back!

Ernesto Breton

September 27, 2010

you will be forever in our hearts patrick
your loss is truly unfathomable. your spirit, your enthusiasm will carry on.
i am blessed to have experienced your magic.
with much love,

Jesse Kramer

September 27, 2010

U will always be remembered fondly, Mr. Byers.
You were an inspiration and a guiding light to so many students, myself included. You may be gone, but never forgotten, because your beautiful music will be cherished.

Kimberly Cournoyer

September 27, 2010

Chante Luta, my brother, my friend and mentor. Your Lakota family here in Fort Yates miss you deeply. We are thinking of you, sharing stories of your adventures here. Much love and peace to your beautiful kind soul. Pat Warren, Kim, Chase, Chayla and Rosleyn

Courtney Yellowfat

September 27, 2010

Rather then mourning for you, I'll thank the Great Spirit that I had the privilege to meet you and call you my friend. We can tell what kind of man you are, by seeing the people who love you. You didn't beg and grovel for more time, you sang your death song and walked forward, like a warrior going home. Cante Luta!

Sarah Steinhardt

September 27, 2010

Patrick, old friend. All that beautiful music, and such a big heart. I am thinking of you with deep love, comrade.

Kristina Stukalenko

September 27, 2010

Patrick, I love you. You will always be my beacon in all that I do. You are my guardian angel, now and always. Goodbye penguin, till we meet again composer. your memory is indelibly fixed in my shattered heart. -Kristina.Remember, "we shall meet again in the place where there is no darkness"

Ira David Wood III

September 27, 2010

I knew Patrick at The North Carolina School of the Arts.

I offer these words from a play of mine entitled PRIMA SERA:

"It's not so bad, you know. All of this. It really isn't. If you come through the hard times, you're stronger for having been there. And if you don't, then it was your time to leave the world. Either way, when whatever happens to you happens, you are, at least, moving forward. Fate and the Inevitable don't catch you standing still -- devoid of life and motion and desire and wonderfully painful longing. It has to clip you on the run ... with wings on your heels and light in your eyes. Odd. I suddenly have the feeling we're never going to see each other again. If that proves to be the case, and you are about to become merely a memory to me ... I'd like very much for you to know ... you will always be a very warm, very happy one."

I am happy and honored to have been able to call Patrick a friend.

Phil and Robin Lavender

September 26, 2010

We were saddened to hear about Patrick's death. We became friends with Patrick and his family when they were in Dublin, GA. Phil was a music major so they had that in common. I remember one day we were moving pianos from one warehouse to another. Patrick and his brothers were helping. They rode thru town with Patrick playing one of the pianos on the back of a trailer. It was a sight to behold for our small town of Dublin. Sorry we lost track of him after he and his family left Dubin. May he rest in peace.

Claudia Rosen

September 26, 2010

how well I remember visiting LaGuardia H.S. to watch the dance classes and performances that my daughter Alexandra was part of. Your presence at the piano will be missed. My condolences to your family.

Julia Byers Frye

September 26, 2010

Your time on earth began November 1, 1952 and ended September 25, 2010 at 11:30pm yet the life and energy of your gifts live on. We have all played your music over and over in order to feel close to you. That will never have an ending. You talk through your music.

Betty Brewer Westerfeld

September 26, 2010

I am saddened to learn of Patrick's death. We met in high school and only recently did I learn of his many accomplishments. I am thankful that FB and the internet allowed this second connection. Peace and love to all his family.

Alan Palmer

September 26, 2010

Rest easy Pat...

David Geller

September 26, 2010

I wasn't one of Patrick's students and I didn't know him as well as many of you. I've only known Patrick for the past 2 years thru meeting him as a co-worker at the NYC Board of Ed. In that short time I am so happy and proud to have been able to call Patrick my friend. He will truly be missed. I will miss him. He was a kind and gentle soul. I will now take time to listen to my friend's music. It lives on ...

Natalie Cohen

September 26, 2010

Patrick , i will miss you and love you forever. I am very blessed to have known you, and your sweet deep passion for life, beauty, music, and children will float in my memory forever. Thank you! and thank you for leaving behind a tribe of wonderful you's! I send the family all of my condolences and prayers, Please report for funeral date. Love,
Natalie Cohen- Laguardia alumni 2003.

Laura Cunningham

September 26, 2010

There are those, as they pass from one life to another, leave deeply in each of us an everlasting gift. Patrick's gifts were many, and perhaps, by some, misunderstood. His passion for the "true art form" of creating and sharing music will live forever in spirit. We thank you, Patrick, for your gifts. My love for you...

Ebbie Jasmine

September 26, 2010

wow !! You were such an inspiration to me in all aspects .. dance music life !!!!!! i am in such disbelief .. Rest In Peace .. make beautiful music with the angels .. i'll be waiting to hear your music at the gates ♥ ♥

Ariel Rose

September 26, 2010

I was honored to have met and known you Patrick. You were a great person and an even more incredible pianist. Your art inspired other artists, and there is probably nothing more that one can give than that. You will be missed greatly.


Damani Pompey

September 26, 2010

Mr. Byers, i can't even express how much i learned from you. now that my knowledge on art has greatly expanded, i often look back and remember you as the perfect example, of an artist. i'll miss you and your musical genius. stay well and strong and love music. you will be missed.

much, much love and respect.

Paige-Kelly Francis

September 26, 2010

mr byers, you are such an inspiration to me. your music guided me and moved me to dance. you will be greatly missed, I wish I had another chance to dance with you and your beautiful music. rest in peace mr. byers. you are not here, but you have not left our hearts. RIP, and never forgotten ♥

Adriana Guigova

September 26, 2010

You will always have a very special place in my heart!

Joelle Preziotti

September 26, 2010

Rest in peace Mr Byers, your music was an inspiration to us all. You shall be missed but never forgotten. Thank you for sharing your beautiful music for my four years at LaGuardia. Your in a better place then all of us and I'm sure your playing on in peace and eternal happiness. ♥

Chris Del P

September 26, 2010

I know you're up there entertaining the angels with your beautiful music. You'll always have a special place in my heart; you taught me so much and I'll never forget that. Rest in peace.

Robert Moran

September 25, 2010

Today I saw an angel before my very eyes. God has the power to grant those that love him everlasting life. Those that obey him here on earth and trust in him shall inherit the kingdom. Patrick has done what all man kind should do, love unconditionally and teach love. In heaven lies a bed for the one who thought me what it is to be a man.

To those that he has loved allow for him to love you from above. It is a gift I believe God gives to those that truly love him. To love from above.

I will never part from you Patrick. Nor will anyone that ever loved you. It is understood how you were able to love. Your love came from the father in heaven.

Grant us the strength in the name of the father, the son, and the Holy Spirit and the acceptance of your will father at this moment in time as you rightfully claim your child into your heavenly arms.

Let us understand, never allowing us to suffer but lead a path to your heavenly gates so that we too can be with you and once again our Patrick.

He will entertain you father. You have chosen one who has embraced your gifts of music. Allow him to play for you every morning. When the sun comes out and sets it's light of life here on earth allow him to play for you. Allow him to play for Christ father, for his his heart is so like that of Christ. He loved you Lord I was a witness to it here on earth.

Glory be to the one that calls on the name of the father and the son and the holy spirit.

In the name of the father, the son and the holy spirit, Amen

Barbara Russell

June 14, 2010

Dear (Boompa)Patrick,
I'm at a loss for words. I have just completed "The Man" section and want to know if you are leaving this planet soon? Please tell me what is destroying your spirit and taking so much from the inside to the outside for your children to absorb all at once?

jennifer whipple whiddon

April 5, 2010

wow! you have really put a mark on the world-patrick. nice comments to your children. i guess all musicians must connect with the heart and soul .

Robert Moran

January 7, 2010

Words could not explain how I love the Byers.

Lord we thank you for your love and granted prayers. In the name of the father, the son and the holyspirit. Amen.

Julia Byers Frye

November 13, 2009

I have the gift of four brothers and a sister. All five unique in their special gifts. Patrick is the first born. His gifts had a head start. The six of us continue where Mom and Dad left off. The love and support that we have for each other is priceless.

Carol Sweazy

October 8, 2009

Pat - Kay (our cousin) called and told me she found your web site - it's been a long time - you may or may not remember me, I'm your Aunt Ruby's daughter (uncle Buddies sister) - your accomplishments have been many. Enjoyed listening to your music. Mom is 90 now-I shared your web site with her. Aunt Virginia is still living. It's funny how families just fade away isn't of luck Pat-take care

Kay Redemann Calvert

October 6, 2009

Hi Cousin! I'm very proud of your accomplishments. I have very fond memories of you and your brothers and sisters and your mom and dad. I would love to hear from some of them. I'm on facebook, please tell Julie and Laura. Hope you are well and happy.

Reggie Padua

August 22, 2009

Hello Mr. Byers, how are you... i hope that you are fine, i'm the maxiel's young brother, just passed to give my greetings, bye, God bless you

sam hornsby

July 4, 2009

No one who has walked through the pages of my life has gestured toward and touched the aesthetic in the manner of Patrick. At the end of "Little Gidding" Eliot says this: We shall not cease from exploration/And the end of all our exploring/Will be to arrive where we started/ And know the place for the first time . . .And all shall be well and/All manner of things shall be well/When the tongues of flame are in-folded/Into the crowned knot of fire/And the fire and the rose are one." The passage is hard to nail down but we know that Eliot has touched what it means to yearn for aesthetic beauty. And so it is to know the man Patrick Byers and his work.

Katherine Byers

June 11, 2009

Hey Uncle Patrick!

Your music is amazing. I hope you are feeling well. Give me a call sometime. Dad (Joe) has my number.



June 4, 2009

Hi Patrick,

Thanks for giving up your time to talk to me this week. It was truly a pleasure to spend time with you and now i've had a chance to learn even more through this website. My thoughts are with you and your family - be a lion!

Javier Calderon

June 1, 2009

Dear Pat:
a most intimate and poetic story of your life and the times, I truly enjoyed reading it, it brought many memories back including the "classical concert" in Dublin. I wish you all the best always

Jim Butt

May 19, 2009

Life affirming and lovely! Patrick I love you my brother.

Reggie Padua

May 4, 2009

Hi! Mr.Byers i'm the maxiel's brother and i'm a young piano apprentice and i want to learn more about the piano... i love music, i love all about the piano and, i think that you can help me expand my knowledge of the piano...thanks Mr.Byers

Maria Alt. Garcia

May 4, 2009

Hello! Mr.Byers i'm the maxiel's mother...
Siempre le estare agradecida por su amistad con mi hija, le deseo lo mejor, nunca olvide que Dios esta de su lado solo tiene que confiar.

(Translated by Webmaster: I Will always be grateful for his friendship with my daughter, I wish him well, never forget that God is on your side only has to rely on.)

J Amelita Facchiano

April 26, 2009

dearest Patrick -

from the 1st moment i met you in a music room @ NCSA, i knew the gods blessed you with gifts far beyond this mere earth. your passion for music has always been electrifying.

thank you for working with me during challenging performances of my youth and for believing in my to conduct the choir at your church on occasions you were not able to be there.

i have held you as one of the most important mentors and spiritual beings whose vast influence shaped my music path. for this and so much, i thank you.

your website is beautiful - like your soul. my thoughts and prayers remain with you in this life time and the next.

yours in loving friendship - always ...


Kim Cournoyer Warren

April 23, 2009

You are very special to me, my aunt and my family. We all talk about your visits. We remember and have good memories. We smile. We share stories of
our visit.

I share with my family that you have lived the lives of many, but you are still one to many. Your
children and Jennifer and more.

I have thought about you - many times. I cannot say
how many times. I have drawn on you for strength, to keep going when all seems lost, to see the dream and the music visualized in my head.

You are an eagle. An eagle brings hope and a feeling of strength to others. And that is what you are to me. Even now, after I know your battle. You are still a strong soaring eagle to me. I feel your peace and
I feel your strength. You are amazing to me. You have always been that to me.

"Friend, The Many Lands You Fear, I have traveled these lands with no fear. I look for victory."

This, the english translation for the song I try to write for my band. You are those words. You are victory.

Courtney told me, the warriors would
sing this song before they would go out facing a battle or before they went for the buffalo hunt , to get the food they needed to survive. If they came back victorious, if they won the battle, if they found buffalo and brought back the food, they would paint their faces black as a sign for their victory.

The direct translation is that they would wear the
black paint. And that on their return the people would see their faces painted and know.

You are victory my friend. You wear the black paint and you have the strength of an eagle.

You are here. You are loved. You are my friend. Much Love, from your other family,
Kim Cournoyer Warren.

Ralph Neiweem

April 16, 2009

Thanks for establishing this site, Larry.
Dearest Patrick and Jennifer, we love you. You both are creative disciples of our great art. You have both given us your gift of music which has deeply enriched our lives. "Great Movements" and "The Seasons" are are two works intertwined which will always represent your beautiful voices to us. Your rekindled and renewed friendship has filled a deep void, and long may we live, laugh and enjoy together each other's company and love of music.
Ralph and Claire

Melanie Byers

April 10, 2009

I never realized all of Patrick's accomplishments until I read his bio on this website. How wonderful and beautiful his gift is, and creating this place here for all to see is a priceless gift to Patrick. I am honored to be a part of this family an sharing my love of music with Patrick and Jennifer gives me great pleasure. I look forward to spending much more time with Patrick in the years to come. Love you, Melanie

Olegna Fuschi

April 5, 2009

'A sparkle in the eye, a burning warmth in the heart, a kiss on the cheek of life ~ and a multitude of notes, woven into a gorgeous musical quilt and tossed out into the ether of eternity....This is our Patrick ~
Olegna Fuschi

Joe Byers

April 4, 2009

May my brother's life efforts never be forgotten. From Alpha to Omega I will always remember my brother's life dedication in spreading the Message of The Beginning and End of Mankind through the Holy Scriptures.