Glenn Smith, founder, mandolinist, and primary composer of the DeLand, Florida based prog / fusion band Magnatar, passed away on October 18th 2019 at the age of 68, after a brief illness.
by Peter Thelen, Published 2019-11-07
Glenn’s band-mate and cousin, keyboardist Dave Norton, and co-founder bassist, Joey Costa, have committed at the urging of Glenn’s family, to keep Magnatar moving forward as a recording and performing band. Magnatar are also planning to bring in a second guitarist, Jerry Hemby of Ormond Beach, Florida, to help fill the void. Jerry Hemby has a long history with Glenn, Dave, and Joey that goes back decades, and reunites three of the original Hot City / Fantasia members from the early 70s. Before his untimely passing, Glenn composed a number of new tracks for a follow up to 2018’s Parallel Worlds, and the band plans to honor Glenn and his music on the second Magnatar album, due for late 2020 or 2021.
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