We are saddened and heartbroken to report the passing of our dear friend and the original founder of Magnatar, Glenn Smith. Glenn passed away on October 18, 2019. He leaves behind an indelible mark on all of us who were fortunate enough to know him and call him friend, and especially for those few of us that got to share in making music together. His talents were many from his school days where he excelled as a talented athlete ranging from basketball to baseball to football. Later in life after the glory days of his accomplishments in sports, his interests turned to the arts and the artistic. His passions shifted to his love of wildlife, sunset and sunrise photography, and to his unique style of abstract mixed media art, but none so deep, personal and lasting as his love for music. It was always the music that gave Glenn the most satisfaction, and Magnatar was the pinnacle of that passion. He was the driving force from the early days of the band along with bassist Joey Costa, when the practice studio was just a small tent at the spot where Studio 44 now stands as the central core of Magnatar World. Glenn had a vision those many years ago, and together with Joey, they worked together over almost 15 years, and many different band members, to ultimately not just achieve, but exceed more than even Glenn thought possible. Our album, "Parallel Worlds" , and its surprising success, was Glenn's most gratifying accomplishment. Glenn left us with a wealth of music to continue to develop and record, as there is nothing that he would want more than for the band than to continue what he started all those years ago. These wishes are strongly supported by his family, and for that, we are deeply grateful. The music of Magnatar will continue, and we hope will serve as Glenns' legacy for many years to come.

A tribute to Glenn by Dan Friend is posted below.


January 9, 1951 - October 18, 2019

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