Loss of a legend

January 26, 2018


MacEwan University sends its heartfelt condolences to the family of Tommy Banks who passed away on January 25. 

A renowned jazz pianist and former senator, Tommy's association with MacEwan began in the 1980s when he was instrumental in forming the university's Music program as a faculty member and program chair.

He remained a great supporter of the program and frequently spoke to students, sharing his insights and experiences and encouraging the next generation of musicians.

In 1979, Tommy was awarded MacEwan's Distinguished Citizen Award, the university's highest tribute to individuals or groups who reflect the university's mission and fundamental values.

Tommy Banks' granddaughter, Mallory Chipman, is a graduate of the MacEwan Music program and now serves as a faculty member in the department he helped create. They are pictured together in the photo above.

His legacy will live on.

Photo credit: Fred Katz Photography

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