7th Army Symphony

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Existing in Germany from 1952 to 1962, this orchestra is still remembered.   Clarinetist Jerry Mattson expresses it aptly: "I don't normally live in the past, but I have yet to come across anyone with a comparable experience to hark back to.  Those were strange and wonderful years."

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where the orchestra's concert on April 12, 1955 was followed by a concert by the 7th Army Chamber Ensemble on April 13, near the end of the Italian portion of the NATO tour

April 13, 2014:
Yet another Lost Sheep has been found, and is now listed on the site. Lisa Jacobs, daughter of Alan Jacobs (oboe, English horn 3/54 - 12/54), reports that he is living in Spring City, PA, and he has been in touch recently with old friends Dave Amram (horn '53 - '54) and Abby Mayer (horn '52 - '55).
Lost Sheep List
(Updated 4/13/14)
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In Memoriam
(Updated 10/13/13)
James Shoush
Books About the Orchestra or Orchestra Members:
Uncle Sam's Orchestra: Memories of the Seventh Army Symphony, by John Canarina (bass and conductor in 1959-60), 1998.  50 b/w illus., musical examples, 224 pages, 6 x 9, $65. Available via Print on Demand from Boydell & Brewer, 668 Mount Hope Avenue Rochester, NY 14620-2731, 585-275-0419. Former 7ASO members should be able to get a 25 per cent discount.
Kenneth Schermerhorn: He Will Always Be the Music, by Martha Rivers Ingram with D. B. Kellogg, 2006. 65 photos, 391 pages; $24.99. (Ken played trumpet and conducted in 1953-55). Available online from Amazon and other sellers.
Also of interest are several books that include stories about the orchestra, by David Amram, Michael Colgrass, and John Sant'Ambrogio.

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