Leroi Moore: September 7, 1961 – August 19, 2008
By Jake Vigliotti
8/19/08 10:00 pm
It was in 1991 when Dave Matthews approached Leroi Moore and Carter Beauford and asked them about the possibility of joining the band. Both Roi and Carter were well known around the Charlottesville area for playing in local fusion and jazz bands through the 1980s. Roi carried the reputation as a saxophone virtuoso by perfecting his style throughout the entire saxophone family.
Roi first picked up an Alto Saxophone in 1974, while in Junior High School. He quickly learned the Baritone Sax, and then moved on to the Tenor Saxophone. During his brief time at James Madison University, Roi completed the saxophone family by learning the Soprano Saxophone.
Roi is mainly recalled as being the ‘shy’ one by DMB fans, but nothing could be further from the truth. Moore spoke to the crowd during early shows (11.7.92 for example). For the first 4 years of the band he essentially played a “lead Saxophone”, taking on the solos that most bands would reserve for a lead guitarist.
What many fans don’t know is that Moore made friends throughout the DMB community. Despite the fact that he wore shades during DMB shows, he was very approachable. It wasn’t unknown for Roi to befriend a DMB fan, and then give that person his phone number or email address.
He will be missed by the entire DMB community for his epic jams, great rhythm, and laid back style. There are just too many songs to even mention that will never, ever, be the same.
Roi Moore was 46.
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