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Release No.04.26.16-Statement
April 26, 2016
College of the Canyons Chancellor Reflects on Remo Belli

College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook shared the following thoughts today on the life of Remo Belli, who died Monday. Remo and his wife Ami were honored by the College of the Canyons Foundation in 2014 with the Silver Spur Award for Community Service: 

Photo of Remo and Ami Belli.“Remo’s life was marked by an uncommon dedication to helping others and his impact will be felt beyond the world of music. 

“He was truly a Renaissance man, gifted with a restless curiosity that led to innovations in music, in business, in health care, and even in wine-making. We are proud to have the grapes he donated from his vineyard planted on our campus, and they will serve as a reminder of his vibrant creativity. 
“He generously supported College of the Canyons and our students for so many years.  Whether it was organizing drum circle fundraisers, donating instruments to our Music Department, or joining the Patrons of the Performing Arts, Remo was always willing to do more.

“That desire to do more led to ‘Rock the Rhythm, Beat the Odds’ which grew from Remo’s belief that art inspires education, and that every student can benefit from making music.  It was his unique vision to bring together thousands of elementary and middle school students on our campus in an attempt to set a record for the world’s largest drum circle. And it was his energy and determination that made it possible. 

“Remo blessed us with his warmth, his wit, and his wisdom.  He will be greatly missed by all of us at College of the Canyons.”​