Dominic Mumolo passed away at the age of 91 on May 28, 2009. He was born in Los Angeles, on April 4, 1918 to Stella and Antonio Mumolo. He began playing the saxophone at 9 years of age. After graduating from Freemont High School, he traveled with big bands before serving 5 years in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was married to wife Jeanne for 58 years before she passed away in 2000. He was a successful studio musician on staff at NBC, from 1949 to 1971, where he played on such shows as Dean Martin, Laugh-In, Andy Williams and The Tonight Show. He also recorded with Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Nelson Riddle, etc. He continued into his 80's as a successful freelance musician with such bands as Harry James and Tex Beneke. He moved his family to Palos Verdes Estates in 1958, where for over 30 years he has instructed students on the saxophone, clarinet, and flute. He was recently honored in his community for his service and inspiration as a teacher. He is survived by his son Anthony, daughter Rosalyn Musacco, grandchildren, Dominic Mumolo, Annie Lovestedt, Laura Anderson, Dane Musacco, Kathleen Gray, Courtney Cornwell, and 8 great grandchildren. There will be a public viewing on Thursday, June 4 from 5pm until 9pm at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503. A funeral Mass will be held at 11:30am on Friday, June 5 in the Risen Christ Chapel at Holy Cross Cemetery, 5835 West Slauson, Culver City, CA In lieu of flowers, you may send donations to the Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles, 3631 S. Harbor Blvd., Suite 100, Santa Ana, CA 92704-6951

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  1. Our deepest condolences on the passing of Mr. Mumolo. We live across the street from his home and he was such a pleasant part of the neighborhood. The happy sound of music was always coming from his house or his car and it seemed that he was happy and active up to his last days. He will be missed. Bob and Laura Livingston

  2. We just heard about Dominic, and are so deeply saddened by your loss, and wish we could take away your sorrow. Just know that our thoughts and prayers are with you andthat you will find peace in each precious memory of one who will be missed beyond words. Our prayers and thoughts are with you, Love Cousins Dan and Sandy Galasso

  3. Dominic Mumolo was my clarinet and saxophone teacher from 1973 to 1978. He was a real task master but his teaching laid a solid foundation for me to go through college and eventually on to a career in music. After graduating from college, I taught clarinet and saxophone in a studio next to Dom’s in Palos Verdes. After a long day of teaching, I would bring over a bottle of red wine to his studio, and he would bring out his delicious home made olives. Dominic made the best olives. He harvested the olives in his neighborhood and would painstakingly soak, cure, and marinate them. I still have not found olives to buy that taste half as good as the olives he made. They were out of this world. Anyway, by the end of those precious evenings, the bottle would be empty and there would be a pile of olive pits on a plate, too many to count. He had so many great stories to tell about this cooky business of ours. Dominic was like a father to me, but on those nights he felt more like my brother even though we were separated by nearly 41 years. We talked about everything and he was always supportive of me and my family. Because of Dom, I’ve had a rich and full life as a performing musician. It is a path I will never regret having taken. I only hope in my next life I can enjoy once again his music, his company, and his olives. They were other-worldly anyway. Until then, I will surely miss him. Sincerely, Larry Hughes

  4. We are so sorry about Dominic’s passing. He joined us for the PVHS Jazz Band Concert on May 20 and looked great and was so happy and proud of his family and friends! He had a wonderful impact on our lives with the music lessons he gave our 3 children. We are grateful to have known him and will miss him tremendoulsy.

  5. Hi i just wanted to express Condolences to the family. Mr. Mumolo really helped me in studying music and I really learned a lot from him. He accomplished a lot during his life and helped a lot of students along the way express their interests through playing music. Jason Hecht

  6. Roz, dear, I’m so sorry that your dad has died. Know that I’m sending loving thoughts to you and everyone who loved him. Please be especially good to yourself right now. Love, Cindy (650) 969-1551

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