I didn’t know Javier Ochoa, but he made an impact on a lot of people (a lot of musicians, especially) in Omaha.
Sadly, Ochoa died of a heart attack yesterday.
Tributes have been pouring in on Facebook and Twitter this morning, all of them remembering Ochoa as a kind-hearted guy and a great drummer.
“It just dawned on me that I might not even be playing drums again if it wasn’t for him. He was one of the people that encouraged me to do so after a 16 year break,” Rob Mathews of Blue Bird said. “He even loaned me cymbals and a drum throne for over a year to do so. That’s the kind of person he was.”
Ochoa was a longtime drummer, most recently a member of the Led Zeppelin tribute band Song Remains The Same and Omaha rock band Diana & the Maries. He’d also been in bands such as Two Drag Club, Goodbye Sunday, The Get and Blah Buddha.
According to Marq Manner, many of Ochoa’s friends gathered last night to tell stories about him. They were all how funny, generous and kind-hearted the man was.
What a loss for Omaha music, and most especially for his family and friends.
“He was always someone that you wanted to talk to, wanted to be around,” Manner said of Ochoa. “And when he walked into a room, you immediately wanted to go catch up with him.”
Feel free to talk about Javier or leave remembrances here in the comments section.