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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Photo courtesy of Carol Bernhardt
MATS plane
MATS plane

Military Air Transport Service plane

After about 1956, MATS was used by members who could catch a free ride on leave.
Stu Krams reports that the reunion on Feb. 26-29, 2016 at the Holiday Inn in Sarasota is now definite. Here are a tentative schedule, hotel information, and a registration form. A group rate will be available using the code "7ASO", both for the reunion and for the 3 days before and 3 days after the reunion. Guests are welcome at the reunion. Here is an earlier version of information about the reunion.     Last updated 6/28/15
Lost Sheep List
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In Memoriam
(Updated 5/17/15)
Don Hancock
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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