In memory of
Kim Plainfield
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In memory of
Kim Plainfield
Plainfield, Kim Kim Plainfield, 63, passed away unexpectedly on April 8, 2017 in his home in Tomkins Cove, NY. Kim was born in Berkeley, CA, the son of Sanford & Ruth Plainfield and brother of Mark Plainfield. Kim began his lifelong career as a musician and teacher as young as five years old when he announced that he wanted to learn to play the drums. Kim's love of music, adventurous spirit, passion for learning, and desire to share these things with the world inspired and nurtured a performance career spanning over half a century that carried his rhythms and joy to all corners of the earth alongside a long list of distinguished artists. Apart from his love for playing the drums, a close second was his love for teaching others about playing the drums. At 22, Kim moved to NYC where Kenwood Dennard introduced him to the Drummers Collective where and his pedagogical career took hold and he continued teaching for the rest of his life. Progressing to an Associate Professor at SUNY Purchase, Kim's teaching career culminated in his acceptance of a position as a Full Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA in 2012. Apart from his renown drumming and teaching, Kim was also a beloved father, husband, friend, and mentor; known for his infectious humor and spirit, fearlessness, and sense of adventure. Kim is survived by his wife, Maureen Plainfield; two sons, Joel Plainfield and Sebastian Plainfield; brother, Mark Plainfield; nephews Fernando Plainfield, Samuel Plainfield, and Julian Plainfield; and his music. A private Memorial Service for Kim is being held today, April 19, 2017 at the Bear Mountain Inn in the Hudson Valley. A "Tribute to my Dad" Dinner will be held on Monday, May 8, 2017 at the Win Son Restaurant located at 159 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206 with food and live music by the Jean Chardavoine Group. A public memorial celebration of Kim's life and music is being planned for the end of May at Saint Peter's Church in NYC. For updates please visit . Sympathies or contributions in support of Kim's family may be sent to 10 Mountainview Drive, Tomkins Cove, New York 10986. Donations may also be made in Kim Plainfield's honor to the Kim Plainfield Memorial Scholarship for deserving percussion students at The Collective in New York City, 541 Avenue of The Americas, New York, NY 10011. For additional information or inquiries, the Plainfield family can be contacted at
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