Official Trent Gardner Memorial

$11,375 of $18k goal

Raised by 162 people in 9 months
Sarah Maria Gardner Elston  SACRAMENTO, CA
Magellan's Trent Gardner passed away suddenly June 11, 2016 and this memorial fund was created by his family in response to the outpouring of support from friends, people who worked with him musically, fans and everyone who was impacted by him and wanted to contribute something in his family’s time of need.

Due to the sudden passing of our dad we need immediate financial assistance to ensure a proper, dignified burial for our father. We are grateful and humbled by any size donation that you are able to give.

Our father was, at his core, a creator. This passion can be summed up in a quote our father gave to the Vacaville Reporter for a feature length article they did about him titled, ‘The Makings of a Professional Musician’ (Jan. 6, 1980) which reads, “Music dominates my whole existence; it’s always on my mind...I was born to play music.” After a successful career in the Vallejo Police Department (and making many felony arrests) he was able to turn his attention back to music full time and founded the band that would forever define him, Magellan .

Magellan (1985-2016) was founded by Trent Gardner, his brother Wayne Gardner, and childhood friend Hal Imbrie and over the course of those 31 years seven studio albums were released and from 1997’s Test of Wills onwards, it was just our father and uncle. They held a special musical bond that lasted until our uncle’s death in 2014. Our father was a prolific composer, producer, and contributed on numerous tribute albums and released singles under the Magellan banner on his website, there are 36 projects he was a part of officially. I had the privilege to watch him compose and create music and he would compose and perform all the parts of the song on his keyboard, drums and guitar included, and he always told me that he, ‘thought like a drummer’.

One of his greatest music successes and one that brought him the most joy and fulfillment, was when he was fatefully able to join forces and then collaborate with his adolescent idols, the iconic band Chicago. Our dad’s favorite instrument was his trombone and he would practice after school playing along with their debut album, Chicago Transit Authority. He then being able to collaborate and have album credits on 2014’s, Chicago XXXVI: Now along side Robert Lamm and Lee Loughnane made him the happiest I’d ever seen him.


His contributions included the horn arrangements for, “Crazy Happy”, “America” and his performance on the trombone and synth on, “Naked in the Garden of Allah” & “Free at Last”. Listen here  I, myself was able to work with my dad during these Chicago years on the business side of things and I am grateful for everyone of those days that allowed us to work and create things together.

In this difficult time we want to share our dad’s life’s work and his singular passion of music and even though he did have his faults (like everyone), we love him beyond measure and hope that he found peace. We hope that he, just like his music, is now is able transcend all things temporal.

We love you dad, goodnight.

- Trent Rigel Gardner II, Sarah Elston, & D. Michelle Olson
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Update 3
Posted by Sarah Maria Gardner Elston
9 months ago
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Now in the wake of our dad's death, we are now left to try and put the pieces back together the best we can. The reason we have increased our goal is that our dad was the sole provider for our mother, Maria, for decades and any and all financial assistance going forward will be going solely to her.

After being out of the traditional working force for so many years, our family is so proud of her for being strong and gaining employment at her local school district. The reality of it though is that entry level pay coupled with the mounting unforeseen debt that’s coming to light and medical expenses has put her in a very difficult position. We are in contact with a lawyer to see what our options are and in the process of getting a mortgage modification for her house, but this is only the tip of the iceberg.

Our family will continue to support her because at a time like this, finances should be the last thing on her mind. And with the help of this fundraiser, and you, we can help her that much more. Thank you for anything you can give and we are forever grateful.
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Update 2
Posted by Sarah Maria Gardner Elston
9 months ago
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Today was the day we laid our father to rest and thank you to everyone who attended. This has been one of the longest days of our life and we couldn't have done it without the support of all those who donated and for that we are forever grateful. Where words fail, the music begins.
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Update 1
Posted by Sarah Maria Gardner Elston
9 months ago
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Thank you so much everyone for your generosity... we are truly stunned at the outpouring of support for our family and the number of people that were impacted by my dad's musical legacy. Every comment and email has been an insight to how he made people feel and those messages at a time like this are truly invaluable.
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Joe White Wolf
9 months ago
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Heartsick... Trent was an incredible musical inspiration to me. A musical visionary, he and his late brother Wayne wrote some of my favourite modern progressive rock in their band Magellan. Hour Of Restoration, Impending Ascension and Test Of Wills took me down musical paths I didn't know existed. This is a massive loss to the world of prog rock. Thank you for the all the music you gave us!

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Ed Base
9 months ago
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An exceptional talent. Thank you for the incredible music and Godspeed into the next dimension.

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Millar Time
8 months ago

Hello Trent, I am absolutely devastated to have discovered this news this morning. I am so very sorry for your loss. I have been a hardcore fan of Magellan, Explorer's Club, Leonardo The Absolute Man etc since 1998. I also had the privilege of working with your father in a small capacity by maintaining Magellan's web site (previously www.magellanband.com) for a number of years. In my opinion, your father was one of the most talented musicians that ever walked this earth. His kindness and generosity matched that of his musical talent. I know that he had a huge archive of unreleased material and I hope that, one day, you can make it available for all his fans to purchase. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, Chris Millar from Alberta, Canada

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$11,375 of $18k goal

Raised by 162 people in 9 months
Created June 14, 2016
Sarah Maria Gardner Elston  
$50
Terence Lee
2 months ago

Oh, my. I was just listening to your father and thinking about when I used to listen to his music all the time. I am shocked. My your rest in Heavenly peace, Mr. Trent Gardner. My condolences to you all.

DJ
$100
Daniel Jarvis
4 months ago

Thank you for the wonderful music. You will be missed.

JT
$50
Joe Thomas
6 months ago

I only saw online today that Trent had passed recently, and wasn't ware that Joel Wayne had also passed two years ago. My only reaction is great sadness, as someone who listens regularly to the entire Magellan catalog, and Trent's other collaborations. It's so hard to reconcile with the fact that we've lost incredible minds at a time when the norm for popular music relies on gimmickry and image, and lacks the creativity and courageousness, and incredible talent of Magellan. Even in the prog world, I have always believed Magellan stood out as the one band that seemed to care about music for music's sake above all else. I'm only a humble fan, and wish I could give more, but Magellan will live on for me forever.

MZ
$50
Marcello Zagnoli
6 months ago

An incredible artist... a legend...

RT
$20
rich t
6 months ago

Trent was one of the greatest composers ever, to my ears. No joke. His songs were just amazing. I was just rocking out to Explorer's Club in my car, top down, yesterday... and today I heard about this terrible news. I'm so sorry for your loss... what an amazing talent and person. I will think about him whenever I listen to his music (which is often).

EM
$20
Evans Martin
6 months ago

Speechless . . . . . .what a loss! Trent's music got me through college.

MS
$100
Mark Shattuck
7 months ago

I've loved Magellan for a long time. I'm so sorry to hear about your father's passing. I hope this small token helps your family in whatever way is needed.

DD
$35
Donald Donohoo
8 months ago
TH
$30
Tony HD
8 months ago
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Trent Gardner was a musical wonder. An artist in the truest sense. May the "Absolute Man" rests in peace.

$100
Anonymous
8 months ago
Joe White Wolf
9 months ago
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Heartsick... Trent was an incredible musical inspiration to me. A musical visionary, he and his late brother Wayne wrote some of my favourite modern progressive rock in their band Magellan. Hour Of Restoration, Impending Ascension and Test Of Wills took me down musical paths I didn't know existed. This is a massive loss to the world of prog rock. Thank you for the all the music you gave us!

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Ed Base
9 months ago
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An exceptional talent. Thank you for the incredible music and Godspeed into the next dimension.

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Millar Time
8 months ago

Hello Trent, I am absolutely devastated to have discovered this news this morning. I am so very sorry for your loss. I have been a hardcore fan of Magellan, Explorer's Club, Leonardo The Absolute Man etc since 1998. I also had the privilege of working with your father in a small capacity by maintaining Magellan's web site (previously www.magellanband.com) for a number of years. In my opinion, your father was one of the most talented musicians that ever walked this earth. His kindness and generosity matched that of his musical talent. I know that he had a huge archive of unreleased material and I hope that, one day, you can make it available for all his fans to purchase. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, Chris Millar from Alberta, Canada

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