Monsignor Farrell High School mourns the loss of Mr. Larry Christiansen.

Retired Farrell faculty member Larry Christiansen passed away on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ.  He was 68 years old.

Larry Christiansen ("Mr. C"), served as Director of Bands and Chairman of the Music Department at Monsignor Farrell High School since 1981.  "I'm a blessed man having spent most of my adult life at Farrell," said Larry in a 2015 interview with the Farrell alumni office.

In addition to marching band, jazz ensemble, and wind ensemble, Larry taught music history classes to all sophomores and juniors at Farrell for thirty-five years.  In the same 2015 interview, Larry proudly explained "I'm one of the few teachers that has had the pleasure of teaching virtually every Farrell student during my time at the school, as all sophomores and juniors take music history/appreciation." 

Under Larry's direction, the Farrell Marching Band was awarded the 2011 USSBA/US Bands National Championship at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, which Larry described as the most memorable moment of his Farrell career.  The band also captured the awards for Best Music Performance, Best Percussion Performance, Best Marching and Best Overall Effect. 

During his tenure, the Farrell Band won a combination of 4 EMBA and USSBA Open Class Championships; 15 NY State Championships;  the USSBA Northern States Championship; the USSBA All States Championship; 2 Silver and 2 Bronze medals at the USSBA National Championship, and over 250 first place and special caption awards in both field and parade competitions.

In January of 2012, Larry and the band became the first high school Director and band to be inducted into the Walt Disney World "Performers Hall of Fame," another of his most memorable accomplishments at Farrell.

Many of his students can recall stories of "Mr. C" in the classroom or during band practice and competitions, as well as his famous "Wisdom Keys," as he called them. "There are over 50," admitted Larry.  They include: "Your goal shouldn't be to own a Mercedes. Your goal should be to own Mercedes!" "We're not born winners or losers...We're born choosers."  "A man who masters his time, masters his life."  "If it's to be... it's up to me."  "Sometimes you win. Sometimes you learn."

Larry earned his BPS in music and biblical studies from SUNY Empire State College and attended Wagner College, as well Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK for graduate studies.  He also served in the United States Army.

He played the drums and toured with several musical artists, including jazz pianist/organist Billy Dee and the well known R&B group 'The Soul Rockers.' He served as both drummer and Assistant Music Director for the off-Broadway musical production of 'HAIR' with Heather McCray and Otis Stevens.

Past positions also include: Director of Music at St. Bernard's Church in Riverdale, MD; St. Mary's R.C. Church, Staten Island, NY; Church of the Holy Child, Staten Island, NY; and Director of Upper School Music at Staten Island Academy.  Larry was published in Pastoral Music Magazine in 1976.

For over 20 years, Larry taught weekly adult Christian Apologetics and education classes at The Fountain of Life Center in Florence, NJ, and served as a drummer, conga player, and music arranger for the church's Worship Team. 

His radio program 'The Anchor of Truth, with Brother Larry C' was broadcast weekly from 2001 until 2009. This popular Christian teaching and biblical apologetics program was heard in the Philadelphia, Southern NJ and Delaware Valley markets on WIFI 1460 AM and also streamed throughout the world.  For many years, Larry played the role of 'Pontius Pilate' in the Fountain of Life Center production 'He Is Alive,' which plays and ministers to audiences of almost 30,000 every Easter Season.

Larry was an avid NY Giants and NY Yankees fan. He was a charter member of The National Single Wing Coaches Association and was widely known for his expertise and passionate devotion to football's single-wing offense. 

Born and raised in Staten Island, Larry moved to Robbinsville, NJ before relocating to Burlington, where he lived for the past 13 years.

Surviving are his wife Lynn, daughter Sara, his sister Susan, and brother John.

Funeral Arrangements:

Wake: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Fountain of Life Center

2035 Columbus Road

Burlington, NJ 08016

Service: Saturday, October 14, 2017


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