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August 18:   More paid reunion registrations have been received today, bringing that total to 158. In addition, there are 11 "yes" forms outstanding. The tentative schedule, program & attendee list are posted below.
If you have not yet registered for the reunion, please do so by September 1st. At that time we will need final counts for banquet preparations.
Note: Due to network problems, this site is being updated from another location by member Chris Earnest. This could be a temporary situation, but will continue until the problems are resolved. Had this been a real emergency, you would have been instructed to go to a backup site.

Recent additions to the Web roster: John Hitchings, Roger T. Hicks (dec.), Homer (Dick) Holloway Jr., Leonard Lichow (dec.)

Achtung!   Reunion Motels: - Another motel is full.   See updated information below.

(Click on photo to see larger, clearer image)
Florenc, Italy
NATO tour - Italy
Florence, Palazzo Vecchio
Concert in the Hall of the 500
(1955 Photo courtesy of Earl Mitchell)
The 50th Anniversary Reunion   
Lancaster, New Hampshire
September 28, 29 & 30, 2001

Attendees (Paid)
Click here to see latest list.

Tentative Reunion Schedule
Thursday Sept. 27th
1800 Hospitality room open (Lancaster Motor Inn) for early arrivals - pass out forms for event participation.

Friday 28th
0800 Gather at Dayspring Convention Center, fill out forms, prepare for rehearsal.
0830 Announcements, scheduling & program coverage by Abby Mayer before starting rehearsal.
1200 End morning rehearsal.
1300 Chamber music groups rehearse.
1500 Rehearsal for Sam Adler program.
1800 Open Hospitality room.
1930 Chamber music program, Town Hall Auditorium.

Saturday 29th
0800 Gather for rehearsal
0830 Rehearsal.
1200 End rehearsal.
1300 Individual time for Chamber Groups and soloists.
1400 Master classes, local area students and residents.
1730 Hors-d'oeuvres at Dayspring Center.
1800 7th ASO 50th Reunion Banquet
1930 Speakers, Recognitions, etc.
2000 Dance
2200 Center closes

Sunday 30th
0900 Chamber Music groups and soloists, as available, for groups or churches requesting them.
1330 Members meet at Dayspring Center for Concert.
1400 7th ASO 50th Reunion Concert
1800 Open hospitality room.
1900 Chamber Music Groups, if available and scheduled.

Anyone is welcome to bring memorabilia for display in the hospitality room.

Tentative Concert
Meistersinger Overture......Wagner. John Canarina, conductor
Horn Concerto #3......Mozart. Abby Mayer horn; Samuel Adler, conductor
Piece for Clarinet and Orchestra......Monchecourt. Jack Monchecourt clarinet; Samuel Adler, conductor
Selections from "Sound Of Music"......Rodgers. - arr. Giattino; Ralph Lane conductor
Der Freischutz Overture......Von Weber. Ralph Lane, conductor
Romanza for Violin & Orch......Dvorak. Peter Schaffer, violin, Ralph Lane, conductor
Theme & Variations on Red River Valley" for flute & strings...Amram. Jacob Berg Flute; David Amram, cond.
Unfinished Symphony......Schubert. Samuel Adler, conductor

Registration Fees
The fee for children or young adults (under 18) will be $20.00 if they attend the banquet,
otherwise there will be no charge. For all others: $35.00 per person.

Registration fees should be sent to:
Regis Cronauer, 54 Bunker Hill St., Lancaster, NH 03584.
Make checks payable to 7ASO Reunion Fund.

All other reunion communications to:
rvrhodes@bellsouth.net or R. Rhodes, 607 Dale Drive, Slidell, LA 70458   (985) 641-2185.

Anyone willing to play in or form a dance combo to play after our banquet, please advise.

Lost Sheep
If you know where any of these people are, please advise - e-mail address below.
(If they are not listed in "Personnel" and also unlisted here, it probably means they have not answered inquiries).

You should have received an e-mail (last Nov.) containing detailed information about attending the reunion. If you did not receive it, please advise. Over 200 letters to people without e-mail addresses were also sent. Other letters have gone out as people were located.

Reunion Staff
Site Coordinator:   Regis Cronauer   regann@ncia.net or Tel. (603) 788-4711 or (603) 788-9835
Concert Coordinator:   Abby Mayer
Publicity Coordinator:   Charles Briefer
Communications:   Ron Rhodes.
Enlistees and draftees
Snail Mailings: Adam Pinsker, Earn Groner, Bill Merrell, Norman Paulu.

Finders of Lost Sheep: Charles Briefer, Harold Britten, John Canarina, Mike Comins, Marcel Demiranda, Don Draganski, Kevork K. Fags, David Furholmen, Jeff Fraser, Alan H. Goldman, Don Hancock, Don Harrow, Howard Hillyer, Charley Hoag, Al Howard, Ted Hughart, Dave Irving, Bob Johnson, Edward Lindquist, Bill Merrell, Jack Monchecourt, George Papich, Jerry Pollack, Mel Ponzi, Carl Rubis, Doug Sax, David Seeley, Sheridon Stokes, Dan Thomason, Dick Trombley, Lyle Wolfrom.

The lost sheep finders have contributed significantly to the reunion effort.
Accommodations: - UPDATE!
Lancaster Motor Inn, Coos Motor Inn and Cabot Motor Inn & Motel are all completely booked.

Current alternatives:
Dunroamin' - Inn, Tel: (603) 837-3010, or toll free at 877-837-3010. Location between Lancaster and Whitefield about 10 minutes from Lancaster. They will hold 10 rooms until the 22 of Aug. for Symphony Members. You must identify yourself as such when calling, otherwise you will be told to call back after the 22nd. By then it will be too late since other requests for reservations are being held until then. Price is in the $75.00 area.

Lantern Motel, Jefferson, NH, Tel: (603) 586-7151. They will hold 14 rooms until the 31st of August and will only take reservations with those who identify themselves as members of the 7th Army Symphony Reunion group. Rooms will go at $69.00. It is a about ten minute drive to Lancaster.

Twin Maple B&B. On main street about 7 min walk to Hospitality room. 3 rooms left that hold 2 people. $75.00 range. Will hold rooms till 31st of August. Tel: (603) 788-3936. Mention 7th ASO when making reservation.
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Existing in Germany from 1952 to 1962, this orchestra lives on today in the memories of its players. One member, Jeremy Mattson, expressed it very well, "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."

Now Available:   Uncle Sam's Orchestra: Memories of the Seventh Army Symphony, by John Canarina, (Bass and Conductor in 1959-60). 50 b/w illus., musical examples, 224pp, 6 x 9. From the University of Rochester Press P.O. Box 41026 Rochester, NY 14604-4126. Phone (716) 275-0419.
John Canarina still has some discount coupons - the price with the coupon is $37.00. Anyone who wishes to get the coupon should send John a self-addressed stamped envelope (business size) to:
John Canarina 3663 Grand Ave., Apt. 903 Des Moines, IA 50312

Our Web presence is well established, and there are pointers to these pages in several search engines.   E-mail addresses, when available, are shown on the biography pages.
Ronald V. Rhodes, 4/54 - 11/55, Horn
The webmaster maintains other pages of possible interest:
Ron's Eclectic Café - articles and photos about music, food, wine and travel.
Nancy's Gallery - for art lovers only - paintings, monoprints and drawings by Nancy Rhodes.