The following bio for Harry was taken from his obituary, the full of text of which can be seen here. Harry passed away before the album was completed and sadly never had the opportunity to hear his own performance on “Heart of Steel”.
One of South Louisiana’s musical icons, Harry St.Pierre, jazz and Dixieland trumpeter has been called Lafayette’s musical treasure by his friends and associates and those who have heard him perform. Born in New Orleans, and raised in Houma Louisiana, he graduated from St. Francis De Sales High School and then attended Southwestern Louisiana (USL) receiving both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in music education. He taught in the Parish school system and then at Cathedral Carmel for over 20 years. After retiring, He returned to his passion of teaching for an additional 10 years.
Professionally, his jazz experience includes playing with the 89th Army band, Clyde McCoy (Famous for Sugar Blues), the Bob Hope Show and the Glen Miller Band under the direction of Ray McKinley, Concert band, Acadian Symphony under the direction of Gerald Guilbeaux and Xiao-Lu Li and most known as Music Director. He has traveled and performed all over the world – France, London, Hong Kong, Central American, Germany, Switzerland, Canada and throughout the United States. He performed in restaurants, club and weddings throughout the South with his combo.
Harry’s excitement was to travel and walk-in on local stages with small combos while watching audiences enjoying the Dixieland, jazz and big band sounds.
Harry began playing trumpet professionally at the age of 6 performing with his family band in Houma for .50 and a soda. At 19, Harry was drafted into the Army and ordered to be a member of the Army 86th band. After the service, Harry went on the road for several years traveling with the big band shows. (As mentioned above) and now you know the rest of the story…. he resided as our own Louisiana treasure.