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."


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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