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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."





Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg

where the orchestra played on February 10, 1956

February 7, 2016
Thanks to David Furholmen (cello '56 - '58) for sending along this video of Sam Adler's keynote speech at the 2006 reunion. Sam's initial comments refer to the MC's joke about his age. A permanent link to the video appears under Sam's photo on the Banquets page for that reunion.


The reunion on Feb. 26-29, 2016 will be held at the Holiday Inn in Sarasota. Here is the "almost final" schedule, along with hotel information, and a registration form. Guests are welcome. Here is more information, including a list of people who have signed up so far.     Last updated 2/7/16

Lost Sheep List
(Updated 6/28/14)
remove Marvin Cox
In Memoriam
(Updated 1/31/16)
Mel Ponzi
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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