This site is dedicated to the players of the orchestra, which existed in Germany from 1952 to 1962,
and 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."
In David Furholmen's video from the 2006 reunion, Sam Adler,
founder and first conductor of the orchestra, tells the remarkable story of how it all began -- and how the orchestra "brought a message of peace and of friendship through the language of music to a large part of
the world". For a 39-minute documentary film giving a fuller account of Sam's life and the beginnings of
the orchestra, use this link and enter the password "adler2011".
where the orchestra played
on October 27, 1954
September 27, 2020
As noted last week, the deaths over the years of a number of members have not been previously
reported here or recorded on the site. In addition to those listed last week, these others have
since been discovered (Raymond Friday by John Canarina), with dates of their passings and links to obituaries where available:
(horn 1952) September 30, 2010 obituary
(percussion '57 - '59) June 13, 2014 obituary
(clarinet '57 - '58) May 18, 2016 obituary
(violin, viola 9/54 - 7/55) December 1, 2016 obituary
(voice, percussion '56 - '57) June 2018 obituary
(bassoon 7/53 - 5/55) September 26, 2018 obituary
(violin '57 - '58) November 11, 2018 obituary
(horn 4/53 - 1/54) March 16, 2019 obituary
(clarinet 3/59 - 8/60) May 16, 2019
(escort officer '57 - '58) July 3, 2020 obituary
May they long be remembered.
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, $79. 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
Martha Rivers Ingram with D. B. Kellogg, 2006. 65 photos, 391 pages. (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