7th Army Symphony

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".

Passau Passau

where the orchestra played many times,
including on August 13, 1957

June 24, 2018
Robert Quinn reported the sad news that Charles Hoag (bass '56-'57) died on June 19. He and his wife Mary had celebrated their 52nd anniversary on June 1.
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) has now been added to the site. This ensures that all data transmitted between the web server and browser is encrypted. It effectively doubles the cost of maintaining the site, but is now mandated to avoid security warnings for users. The site URL is now https://www.7aso.org/, but the former http://www.7aso.org/ or simply 7aso.org will also continue to work.
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.
Lost Sheep List
(Updated 1/7/18)
remove Thomas Lewis
In Memoriam
(Updated 6/24/18)
Charles Hoag


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