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 September 25. 1956
September 20, 2020
The sad news of the deaths over the years of a number of members have not been previously reported here or
recorded on the site. Those discovered so far, with dates of their passings and links to obituaries, are:
(violin '53 - '54) February 2, 2009 obituary
(trumpet '53 - '54) July 15, 2013 obituary
(viola '55 - '56) February 7, 2014 obituary
(cello 1953 - ?) March 12, 2014 obituary
(viola 1952) March 1, 2016 obituary
(cello 12/59 - 6/61) February 3, 2018 obituary
(violin 8/55 - 11/56) December 29, 2018 obituary
(viola '55 - '57) April 14, 2019 obituary
(cello '54 - '55) February 13, 2020 obituary
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
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