Abel, Alan

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Abel, Alan Gender: M
Alan Daniel Abel
born on 6 December 1928 at 20:18 (= 8:18 PM )
Place Hobart, Indiana, 41n32, 87w15
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 14°45' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 19°13 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 07°34'

Alan Abel (performing in 2015)
photo: Ihavetantrums, license cc-by-sa-4.0


American percussionist, music teacher and inventor of musical instruments, particularly the "Alan Abel Triangle" and the "suspended" bass drum stand, a drum stand that allows the bass drum to be suspended and swivelled. Both of these instruments have since been in use by many professional classical musicians and most American symphonic orchestras.

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, he performed with various orchestras, most notably for 38 years with the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1959 to 1997.

In addition to his musical career, Abel was a teacher at Rutgers University, Rowan University, and Temple University, at the latter since 1972.

In 1998 he was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame. Alan Abel died at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania at 3:05 AM on 25 April 2020 at age 91 from complications from COVID-19.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Prize 1998 (Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame)
  • Death by Disease 25 April 2020 in Wynnewood (COVID-19, age 91)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate from Indiana archives. Death data from his daughter online, "Journal entry by Andrea Chenoweth — Apr 25, 2020... God gently took our beloved father into His arms today at 3:05 AM ... Dad’s heart stopped beating on this earth, ... Dad was sedated for most of his hospital stay and did not suffer in spite of irreversible complications caused by COVID-19" [1].


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Other Major diseases (COVID-19)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (68 years with Janet Voorhies Abel)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (COVID-19)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 91)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Triangle, snare drum, bass drum)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Music teacher
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (Percussive Arts Society)
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator ("Alan Abel Triangle" and "suspended" bass drum stand)