About McCoy's Horn Library

Marvin McCoy first started McCoy's Horn Library (in lieu of a better name) in 1977 with a few of his own horn quartet arrangements and two Alphorn works. At the prompting of Frøydis Wekre, he published some of her favorite encore pieces in three volumes. Later, he sought out other horn players for additional transcriptions and other horn players looked to him to make their editions available. Deciding to retire from the publishing business, he could think of no better way to continue this work than to turn it over to his daughter Terry Preston.

Marvin McCoy attended the University of Iowa and studied horn with Paul Anderson and later with Philip Farkas and Frøydis Wekre.  Marv played Horn with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Little Symphony, Lyra Concert (a local Baroque ensemble), Henry Mancini, Andy Williams and others.  He regularly performed with his Alphorn at festivals, symposiums (national and international) and private affairs such as weddings and family events.  Marv taught at many Minnesota colleges and privately since 1960.  He also operated an instrument repair business since 1969.

On April 30, 2008, Marvin passed away.  A memorial service was held on May 3, with the most glorious horn music.  There was a 10-piece horn quartet and an alphorn duo.  The family is very grateful to all thosewho came to celebrate his life and share their music and their thoughts.

Terry McCoy Preston played oboe in the high school band and orchestra, sang in the church choir, and strummed her guitar as a Girl Scout camp counselor.

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