Decker, Bruce C. 5/53 - 9/53 FLUTE (no e-mail)
Currently: Retired from Rochester Telephone Corp; organist; accompanist.
In 1951 started personal telephone directory library; bachelor's deg. in theory, U. of Rochester/Eastman School of Music; first marriage; drafted into active army service. In Rochester, after separation, had wide range of experience in choral accompanying, stage/pageant assistance, area churches, keyboard entertainer, background music provision, composing, and pianist in my own & other dance combos. Am a performing member of Rochester Theater Organ Soc. on their 2 "mighty Wurlitzers." Accompanied Kathy Wilkins, soprano, on her first CD and her performances at Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, NY.
The phonebook collection, Telephone Directory Library (TDL) International, marks its 50th anniversary. Early years imposed severe limitations in small apts., but in the 2nd decade as residential property owner and with contact with other collectors, it began its growth. There's an long typescript that relates history, strokes of good & bad luck, angst, and perennial problems of finding room. TDL has had publicity from time to time, including a UPI feature in '78. Had to be stubborn through 7 moves to build this kind of library. I think there is a kind of relationship between it and music - both are forms of "communication." Favorite quip about a phone directory: not much plot, but what a cast of characters!
373 Lake Meadow Dr., Rochester, NY 14612-4011   (716) 865-7559

Deihl, Ned C. 1955 CLARINET
Currently: Retired
(This entry dated 7/26/05)
Professor Emeritus and Director of Bands, Penn State University. Retired in 1996 after 33 years at Penn State and starting 10th year conducting the State College Area Municipal Band.
I spent several weeks with the 7ASO on TDY. Tried to get a release from the 9th Division Band, but the CWO wouldn't agree to letting me join the orchestra.
125 Haymaker Circle State College, PA 16801 814-238-8187

Dellicarri, Joseph '59-c. - '60-c. VIOLIN
Joseph passed away almost 10 years ago (this entry dated 7/99).
Thanks to Doug Sax for reporting this. He was trying to locate Joseph, and received a note from a daughter-in-law in Florida.

Dembicki, Alexander '60 -'62   Violin, Recording Eng. - Radio Pgm.
Currently: Retired. Married. Have a daughter and two sons. Four grand-daughters and counting. I would like to attend this reunion for the sake of all the beautiful memories of the orchestra and its members. Thank you for finding me. My son Alex received your mail directed to me.
200 mts. N.Iglesia, Muelle de Florencia, Alajuela, Costa Rica 4407 Central America

Demiranda, Marcel '59 - '60 HORN
Currently: Retired teacher
(This entry updated on 11/23/14)
After my 7th ASO tour, where I served mostly under the baton of John Canarina, I accepted 3rd chair horn with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra where my good friend from the 7ASO, Allen Gusé, played first. When Allen accepted a position with a symphony in Australia, the Honolulu conductor, George Borati, who had guest conducted the 7th ASO, offered me the first chair.
   After leaving Hawaii I returned to L.A. and played with the L.A. Brass Ensemble. I also played with a woodwind quintet, free lanced, recorded and ultimately accepted a teaching position with L.A.U.S.D. In 1991 I moved to Oregon where I'm happily ensconced and retired, though I still play with the Lane Chamber Symphony. Music has always been my first love. I'm really looking forward to this 2006 reunion and am glad that many of my (and I use the word advisedly) old musician friends will be there!

Dempster, Stuart 3/59 - 7/60 TROMBONE
Currently: Professor Emeritus, School of Music, Univ. of Washington, Seattle.
I am in the book in the pix in Lyon sitting under the airplane wing practicing trombone.
See Stuart Dempster's Website for photo, biography, and more.

Dennis, Richard F. "Dick" l0/56 - 9/58 VIOLIN
Dick passed away the morning of October 10, 2005. Reported by Mel Ponzi, after speaking with Dick's wife, Carol.

DeRosier, Kenneth '53 - '54 TRUMPET
He was drafted in Dec. of '52. Took basic training in Ga. and went overseas in the spring of '53. Saw a notice on the service club bulletin board that the 7ASO was holding auditions - took an overnight pass and went up and auditioned. At that time Jim Dixon was conducting - the orchestra was small, until the bunch of replacements arrived in '54. They were doing the Menotti operas. He always wanted to be a trumpet player. After he got home he got sidetracked into playing keyboards and accordion in society bands - mostly accordion. Got a ton of work playing accordion - no time to practice the trumpet. Also took up the bricklaying trade for a daytime gig. Got married in '58 - have 2 grown children ago. Had some health problems: arthritis, one back operation, left and right hip replacements - general health pretty good. He still played a little around the house but that's about it.
Photo of Kenneth DeRosier - then.

DeVos, Bradford '59 - '60 BASSOON
Rank ?
Currently: Retired
(This entry dated 7/5/05)
Brad attended Boston U. where he received his Masters and Ph.D.. in Musicology. Went on to teach at Marshall Univ., retiring after 20 years. Presently in a Nursing home in Baltimore. His wife, Jeanne is somewhat confined to a wheelchair.
8810 Walther Blvd. Apt.2406   Baltimore, MD 21234   410-665-9030

Dillingham, Dalton '55 - '56 BASS
(this entry updated 12/28/14)
Arrived at 7ASO after basic training at Fort Ord, Army Band School at Ft. Dix and 82nd Army Band in Nürnberg (Trombone). After auditioning for Henry Lewis and Ron Ondrejka, spent most of '55 & '56 playing string bass with the orchestra. After service, jobbed around San Francisco (SF Opera, Oakland Symphony, Hurok tours, etc.). Spent most of the 1970s in Nashville, playing Country Music (1 gold, 2 platinum recordings). Received a Folk Grammy award for an album with Tom Waits (Mule Variation). No money when you get a Grammy - just bragging rights.

Dixon, James '53 - '54 CONDUCTOR
Jim was born in Estherville, Iowa on April 26, 1928. He was adopted by Frank Dixon and grew up in Guthrie Center, Iowa. In 1948 he entered the University of Iowa where he studied conducting, getting his bachelor's degree in 1952. Throughout his undergraduate study and beyond, he was the student, assistant and friend of Dimitri Mitropoulos. He conducted the 7th Army Symphony from August 1953 through June 1954, after which he returned to the University of Iowa to conduct the University Symphony Orchestra and study for his Masters degree, which he got in 1954. He then taught at the New England Conservatory and served as assistant conductor of the Minnesota (then Minneapolis) Orchestra, returning to Iowa City in 1962 as director of orchestras at the University of Iowa. He retired as the Phillip Greeley Clapp/Carver Distinguished Professor of Music in 1997. He also served as conductor of the Tri-City (later Quad-City) Symphony for 29 years, retiring in 1994. Among the awards he received were the the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Medal in 1955, given to the finest young artist of the year for conducting; the Gustav Mahler Medal in 1963; a 1978 Laurel Leaf Award from the American Composers Alliance in New York, for distinguished achievement in fostering and encouraging American music; and honorary doctorates from Augustana College and St. Ambrose University. He mentored more than 30 conducting students and conducted world premieres of nearly 40 new works. He died on April 3, 2007 in Iowa City, Iowa.
Memories of Jim Dixon

Doolittle, William B. 1952 'CELLO
(This entry dated 7/16/05)
Francis Fuge, another Lexington resident, mentioned to Mel Ponzi that Capt. Doolittle had passed away some years ago, in Kentucky

Dornberg, John 1/55 - 7/56 ADMINISTRATION (Public relations & advertising director)
John passed away in early February of 2000, in Munich, where he had lived for over 25 years. He was a freelance foreign correspondent and writer and remained in Europe after his discharge in 1956. The first 7 years were as a reporter, then editor at The Overseas Weekly in Frankfurt. Then 10 years as a correspondent for Newsweek (Bonn, Vienna-East Europe, Moscow, Munich). Author of a dozen books, mostly about Germany, E. Europe, Russia. When John sent in his biography, he said "A sign that we're all getting older is that I have to tell incredulous Germans what the 7ASO was. Few people remember, and those who do are getting senile. Basic message: "To show you Germans that we Americans also knew something about the Three B's."

Doumitt, Donald P. 19?? VIOLIN
Permission to list.
427 W 23rd Ave. Covington, LA 70433   (985) 867-8813

Draganski, Donald 10/60 - 3/62 BASSOON
Currently: Now officially retired from Roosevelt University.
(This bio. updated on 6/27/05)
Born 1936 in Chicago, BM degree from DePaul University in 1958. MA in Library Science, Rosary College, 1966. Have played as free-lance bassoonist over the years; am published composer (Crown Music Press, Miami Music Ed., etc.) I have been a professional librarian since 1966, and held the position of Music Librarian at Roosevelt University in Chicago from 1973 to 1998. I am about to retire from full-time library work. I have been a bassoonist with the Evanston Symphony Orchestra for the past ten years, and am a co-founding member of the Pilgrim Chamber Players. I am married (Antje) and have three grown children (Thomas, Christine, and Mark).
2113 Forestview Rd. Evanston, IL 60201-2007   (847) 475-7073

Drasher, Glenmore H. 6/53 - 12/53 'CELLO (Euphonium in bands)
SFC (E7)
Deceased (August 19, 2008)
Joined 13th Engineers Band, Ft. Humphreys, VA Aug. 1931.
Re-enlisted 62nd CAAA Band, Ft. Totten, NY Aug. 1934.
Discharged Aug. 1937 - out for 4 years.
Joined Reserves March 1939.
Recalled to Army - 2nd C.A. Band Ft. Monroe Feb. 1941.
Re-enlisted - Carlisle, PA - Medical Band Aug. 1945.
Ft. Sam Houston, TX 1946 - 4 mos.
USMA Band, West Point 1946-52.
Ft. Campbell, KY 74th Army Band 1952 - 6 mos.
Heidelberg USEUR Band - Oct. 1952.
7ASO June 1953
7th Army Band Dec. 1953.
Ft. Carson. CO Oct. 1954.
6th Army Band, Presidio of S.F. Mar. 1955
324th Army Band APG - MD Oct. 1957.
7th Inf. Div. Band - Korea - April 1961
324th Army Band APG. MD - Aug. 1962 - retired March 1965.

Drucker, Arno P. '58 -'59 PIANO
(This entry updated 8/11/19)
A native of Philadelphia, Arno Drucker's debut performance was with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 13. While attending the Eastman School of Music, where he received his Bachelor and Master’s degrees, he performed with the Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, playing the Hanson Piano Concerto, with the composer conducting. He was a scholarship student at the Music Academy of the West. As a Fulbright scholar he studied at the Akademie in Vienna and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. During U.S. Army Service he appeared as soloist in twenty-one performances in Germany and the Benelux countries, including the World's Fair in Brussels, with the Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree, studying at the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University with Leon Fleisher.

He was a soloist with the Baltimore, National, Chautauqua, New Haven, and Augusta Symphony Orchestras, and presented solo recitals in various U.S. cities. As a chamber music performer he was the pianist of the American Arts Trio, in residence at West Virginia University, performing concert tours of Germany and Mexico, and television programs for WQED (Pittsburgh). The trio premiered compositions during their New York Carnegie Recital Hall concerts and performed concert tours of the United States. He also performed with the Tokyo String Quartet and 'cellists Stephen Kates and Leslie Parnes.

Dr. Drucker was the founding Artistic Director of Festival Chamber Players. With members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra he directed and performed eleven years of summer chamber music concerts in Baltimore. As an accompanist he performed recitals with many singers and instrumentalists and numerous Master classes and recitals with his wife, the soprano Ruth Drucker, in Indonesia, Austria, Canada, Germany and throughout the U.S. He was a faculty member of West Virginia University, Westminster Choir College, Essex Community College and the Peabody Conservatory, a recording artist for Orion Records, Principal Pianist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for over twenty years, and the author of “American Piano Trios: A Resource Guide,” published by Scarecrow Press.

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Dumm, James 2/59 - 7/60 VIOLIN (Concertmaster)  
Retired in 1998 from full-time playing (26 years) with Rochester Philharmonic, 18 years as Personnel Manager. He was then an active substitute with Rochester Philharmonic and Naples Philharmonic (Florida). He was concertmaster for three months and left with rank of Sgt.

Durham, Arthur V. '55-c. - '57-c. FLUTE/PICCOLO
Deceased (this entry updated 1/16/11)
Arthur, a Sgt. when he was in the orchestra, was a fine photographer, and will be remembered as taking many of us under his wing, for both photo taking and darkroom processing. After his stint in the orchestra he stayed in the Army, and among other things was the Bandmaster of the 4th Infantry Division Band in Vietnam in 1968 - 69. He passed away on Oct. 18th, 2005 in Austin, Texas, and was buried on Nov. 14 in the Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. He was listed as a Lt. Col. at the time of his death. His passing was reported by Mel Ponzi, while working on the 2006 reunion.
Remembering Art Durham, by Bill Lathan

Dutton, Fred BASS, BASSOON
Fred passed away on October 25, 2007. He had been living in Reseda, CA. More biographical details will be added as they are received.

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Earnest, Chris 12/54 - 12/55 HORN
Retired computer scientist
Graduated from Curtis in 1953, where I studied with Mason Jones. During that time, I spent a couple of summers at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, where I played the Schubert Octet with Adolf Busch and played 2nd horn to Mike Bloom on the recording of the Dvorak Serenade. Was principal horn in the 7ASO for all of 1955. After I got out of the Army on Dec 17, 1955, played in the New Orleans Symphony for 2½ seasons, then spent a couple of years in Chicago, where I studied with Philip Farkas and played various jobs, including the Lyric Opera. Gave up professional playing in 1960 and moved to California to become a computer programmer, primarily in compilers and database systems, and had a couple of papers published in the Journal of the ACM. Worked with a number of the leading people in the computer field, including two Turing Award winners. Have been back to Germany several times in that field, living in Darmstadt for a year, with shorter stays in Konstanz and München, and finally became fluent in German. Married to Sally, an artist; we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in 2013. We have two sons, John and Erik, both taller than I am, and a granddaughter, born in 2012. Since I retired in 1997 I've continued doing software consulting, and also have kept busy restoring my 1972 BMW 3.0CS and 1965 Mercedes 230SL, which has won awards in several shows.

Economou, Jim 7/55 - 7/57 VIOLA
Currently: Restaurateur, retired.
Permission to list.
5808 S. Louisville Ave. Tulsa, OK 74135

Elias, Richard ? - ? VIOLIN
(This entry dated 4/25/05)
Mel Ponzi was canvassing for the 2006 reunion and spoke with Richard's wife, soprano Jean Kraft. She said that Richard passed away in 2003. He was a member of the Metropolitan Opera for 20 years, during the time that Jean sang many roles there.

Eliason, Robert E. 3/56 - 5/57 TUBA
Masters in performance, Manhattan School of Music. Kansas City Philharmonic 10 years, while there completed a doctorate in musicology. Post doctoral work at the Smithsonian Institution, Curator of Musical Instruments, Henry Ford Museum 14 years. Research on the American keyed bugle and 19th century American brass and woodwind makers continues. Publications appear in the AMIS Journal, Galpin Society Journal, The New Harvard Dictionary of Music, and The New Grove dictionaries. Received the American Musical Instrument Society Curt Sachs Award for research on American instrument makers 5/23/98. Technical writer 11 years for New England Digital, makers of the Synclavier digital synthesizer; Geographic Data Technology, producers of digital mapping data; and Creonics, a computerized motion control firm. Continue to play in a variety of symphony orchestras, concert bands, and smaller groups. Had a music typesetting business for a few years.
12 Courtyard, Hanover, NH 03755   (603) 643 8484

Elledge, Harvey B. '54-c - '55-c VIOLIN
Known as "Onkel Bruce" to the children of Passau. He had an interest in circus history, especially clowns and dogs. Harvey died in 1996.

Ellis, Merrill '56-c - '57-c. SAXOPHONE
Merrill passed away some years ago. He was for a long time a well-respected composer on the faculty at North Texas State University. Our thanks to Charley Hoag for reporting this.

Donald passed away in September 2008 at the age of 80. He is survived by his ex-wife, three sons, and one daughter (who was born while he was in the 7ASO). He transferred to the 7ASO from a combat engineering company, probably in 1953 or 1954. Throughout his life he often mentioned his time with the orchestra, and had fond memories of that time and of the guys he served with. He continued playing drums his whole life with various jazz ensembles in the Southern California area and had a band with Dale Nichols, a trombone player with Desi Arnazs orchestra. Donalds's son Jim writes that his father is the reason he is a musician to this day. Thanks to Jim for relaying this information.

Engelmann, Werner 5/60 - 8/612 COMPANY CLERK
Currently: Retired
Permission to list.
2602 N.Forrest Lane Arlington Heights Il. 60004

Erdman, Andrew ? - ? VIOLIN
Deceased Erdman passed away on March 29, 2006 in Hospice.
Reported to Mel Ponzi by his wife, Bettina.

Ernst, Darwin 11/59 - 6/61 FLUTE
Sgt. E-5
He came to the Symphony as a clarinet player, with a flute double. He sat 2nd chair to Sheridon Stokes until he rotated home. He moved to 1st chair, and Tom Slattery, another clarinet player, moved to 2nd chair. He taught for 35 years, music and English, and retired in 1995. Many good memories and good friends from the Symphony.

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Facenda, Aubrey '58 - '60 HORN
Aubrey studied at the Juilliard School of Music and also obtained a master's in music from the Manhattan School of Music. After a stint with the Indianapolis Symphony, he joined the Seventh Army Symphony. After discharge he joined the Robert Shaw Chorale on its tour of Germany, Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union. As a free-lance musician in New York he performed with many groups, was first hornist with the New York City Opera Company, and taught for 6 years at Trenton State College. In 1970 he joined the New York Philharmonic, where he served as chairman of the orchestra committee, twice as chairman of the negotiating committee, as pension trustee, and a member of the tour committee. After 22 years with the Philharmonic, he retired to New Orleans, where he could pursue his lifelong passions for boating, fishing, and golf.

Fader, Laurance 9/54 - 6/56 VIOLA
Still a working musician.
Associate Principal Violist, NYC Ballet Orchestra.   Member, NYC Opera Orchestra. Co-founder, North Country Chamber Players (20 years).

Fags, Kevork K. 12/53 - 2/55 'CELLO
Currently: Retired (Photograper).
Permission to list - biography forthcoming. Abby Mayer and wife Marianne were here for lunch this past Thursday March 1st (2001). Have kept in touch with them for the past 46 years. Just attended the 50th reunion of the class of June '50 of Music and Art High School on June 9th 2000.
236 Thayer Street, River-Vale, NJ. 07675-6235   (201) 664-2606

Farkas, Rudolph 1961 VIOLIN
Deceased (This entry dated 2/12/06)
Rudolph passed away in July of 2001. Reported by Mel Ponzi during reunion search.

Fawcett, James 1955 VIOLA
Deceased (This entry dated 4/1/12)
James died at his home in Florida on February 24, 2012 at the age of 79. His distinguished career began with studies at both the Curtis Institute and the New England Conservatory. He played in the Pittsburgh Symphony for 4 years, then joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1962, where he played until his retirement in 1994. He advanced to assistant principal in 1967 and then to associate principal in 1988. After his retirement he moved to Florida, where he played with the Sarasota Orchestra, the Southwest Florida Symphony, and the Venice Orchestra.

Feinstein, Raphael VIOLIN (Concertmaster) 1961-62
Raphael was a native of Israel. He studied at Juiilard where he was concertmaster of the orchestra for a season or two. After his Army service, he was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for more than 35 years.

Felberg, Leonard 3/55 - 8/56 VIOLIN
Professor of Violin Emeritus, University of New Mexico
B.M M.M Yale University. Soloist with 7ASO. Member of Concertgebouw Orchestra 1956-59. Teaching positons at U. of Georgia, U. of Toledo. Final position at University of New Mexico (28 years). Member of Seraphin Trio. Recitalist, chamber musician and concertmaster of Santa Fe Symphony. Recently made 3 trips to Brazil, where he performed and taught master classes in So Paulo & Porto Alegre.

Fenn, Thomas 11/57-c. - 9/59-c. VIOLA
Deceased (November 17, 2004)
After a 2006 reunion mailing, Mel Ponzi received this word from Tom's wife, Carolyn.
His original bio. follows:
Somehow passed the audition. Probably due to the sympathy of Ling Tung and Charlie Pinto. Missed the fun-peak of the Orchestra -NATO tour, teddy bears on parade. But did experience drunken bus drivers and a marksmanship contest between the Orchestra and 7th Army HQ MP's. Most interesting. Concert at Brussels World's Fair and a lot more best left in memory only. After getting out spent about sixteen years as violist and later operations mgr. of Louisville Orchestra. Married (an oboist!), have three grown children.

Ferritto, John '59 -'60 CONDUCTOR, VIOLA, PIANO  
(This entry updated 1/10/10)
John died on 1/7/10 while listening to a Brahms quartet. He studied piano and violin performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music, graduating with honors, and received a MM in composition from Yale University, where he studied piano with Ward Davenny, conducting with Gustav Meier, and composition with Mel Powell. He also studied at the American Academy in Rome, and at Tanglewood with Gunther Schuller and Erich Leinsdorf. His conducting debut was in 1959 with the 7th Army Symphony, where he was co-conductor for several months. He was associate conductor of the New Haven Symphony, conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of the North Shore in Chicago, and director/conductor of the American Federation of Musicians Congress of Strings in Cincinnati. He also conducted the orchestras of the Peabody Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music, guest conducted a number of orchestras, and was the former director of the Kent/Blossom Summer Music program. He became music director of the Springfield (OH) Symphony Orchestra in 1971, and was the longest serving director in that orchestra's history. He taught theory and composition at the University of Chicago and the University of Texas at Austin, and was Coordinator of the Composition Department at Kent State University. His original bio here said that he had great memories of the great 7ASO tours, and wished hello to all the guys.

Flanzman, Mel 4/54 - 8/55 TROMBONE
Partner in the JMC Music Corp. of Hackensack, NJ which specializes in the repair and refinishing of brass instruments, but also services some school music programs.
NYU and Manhattan School of Music - Taught music in the public schools for 4 years and have spent the rest of my life in the music business. I'm still fairly active playing the trombone in local bands and orchestras.
25 Maria Drive Hillsdale, NJ 07642

Fleshler, Bernie '52 - '54 VIOLA
Bernie served in the 7ASO under Adler, Heath and Dixon. He played with the New Orleans Philharmonic from 1954 - 1959, where he met his wife Clem, a violinist. They then joined Buffalo Philharmonic, where Bernie played for 47 years. He was also principal viola of the Princeton Chamber Orchestra, and went on some wild tours with the Arkansas Traveler and the Virginia Symphony. Their three children are Jonathan, David and Elisabeth. After retirement, he and Clem moved to Santa Monica.

Focht, Milton H. 1952 BASSOON
Currently: Retired music teacher.
I was the first principal bassoon. Played in the pit at Passau for Marriage of Figaro with Sam conducting. After army, I taught public school instr. music in Allentown, Pa. for 38 years. Performed with the Allentown Symphony for 45 years.Also Scranton (Pa) Phil. and Binghamton (NY) Symphony. Did much pit work and am still on the adjunct faculty at Moravian College, Beth. Pa.

Foner, Max '54 - '55 VIOLIN
After his discharge, Max studied civil engineering at the University of Tennessee, where he met his wife Eleanor Lowry, a talented pianist. They were married on June 15, 1957 and moved to Memphis, where Max attended the University of Tennessee Medical School, graduating in 1960. He served as Assistant Professor of Medicine in Anatomy and Histology at U.T. in the 1960s and earned a law degree from the Southern College of Law, now the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. He practiced medicine at his private clinic and at St. Joseph Hospital from 1962 until its closing in 1998 where he served as Chairman, Department of Family Practice and on the Executive Committee. He was also the Medical Director for ProMedica Clinic, P.C. for 27 years. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Max Foner was a man of strong faith, and was a long-time member of Evergreen Presbyterian Church. He led a life of service to others and was recognized as a dedicated, caring physician who practiced medicine for over 54 years in the Memphis community. He died on June 14, 2014.

Franano, Frank '53 - '54 HORN   e-mail: via my wife at
Currently: Semi-retired.
Frank Franano's lifetime as a symphony musician began with 3 yrs. of solfeggio study with his father, an Italian-trained pianist, clarinetist and opera coach, followed by French Horn studies with Karl Schinner, Merle Smith, and, briefly, Alfred Brain. He entered the KC Philharmonic in 1943 at age 16 and played in the Phil. and its successor, the KC Symphony, as well as the Lyric Opera of KC, and the State Ballet of Missouri, until 1993, the last 25 years as principal horn. He was instrumental in the formation of the Symphony and served as its personnel mgr. from 1982 - 1995. Early in his career he toured with the Claude Thornhill big band, the American Ballet Theater, the Virginia Symphony and the Virtuoso Orchestra. Later he also played in the Filarmonica de las Americas in Mexico City and the World Symphony Orch., made up of musicians from 60 countries, which played Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Ctr. and for the opening of Disney World in 1971. He was drafted near the end of WWII and played in the port of embarkation band stationed in Fort Kilmer, NJ. A second draft in 1952 sent him to the 4th Infantry Div. Band in Frankfurt and eventually the 7AO. Frank taught Horn at the Conservatory of Music in Kansas City, Drake U., Des Moines, Iowa and Stephens College in Columbia, MO. In 1994, he received the Punto Award for lifetime achievement from the International Horn Soc. His wife of 30 years, Susan, is a former opera singer turned orchestra mgr., now serving as Executive Dir. of Ohio Citizens for the Arts. They have a 23 year old son, Nico.
836 W. Los Altos, Tucson, AZ 85704

Frankel, Leo ? - ? VIOLIN
(2/7/05) - Mel Ponzi received word from Leo's nephew that Leo had passed away 2 years ago, October.

Fraser, Jefferson E. 12/54 - 6/56 VIOLIN/VIOLA
Retired from 34 years of teaching public school orchestras
Playing in the 7ASO was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Played concerts in 6 countries, made lifelong friendships, witnessed enough stories to entertain guests for hours. Master of Music degree from Eastman School of Music (1958). Stayed on to teach public school music in the area for 34 years. Concertmaster of a local & active community orchestra for 28 years (Penfield Symphony). Continue to judge music contests for NY State, but now retired & spending much time studying the stock market. Retirement is great.
357 Corwin Road Rochester, NY 14610 (716) 482-3654 Fax: the same, but tel. first so I can turn on the computer

Friday, Raymond, Dr. 3/59 - 8/60 CLARINET
University Professor
1st Clarinet when left orchestra. Professor of Vocal-Choral Music at School of Music/West Chester University, West Chester, Pa. (one of the 14 Universities in the PA state system). Taught for almost 29 years.

Fritz, Don '57 - '58 PERSONNEL MANAGER
I first came to the orchestra on four-month temporary duty to do the PR, then became the personnel manager and stayed on until May of 58 when I was released from duty and returned to graduate school. It was during my time there that Antal Dorati came for a three day rehearsal with the orchestra and conducted a concert in that marvelous contemporary concert hall in downtown Stuttgart. I also arranged for the conductor of the the Stuttgart Orchestra to judge the incoming auditions for the conductor, who turned out to be Edward Lee Alley, who used the overture to La forza del destino for his audition.
2444 Madison Road, The Regency - Suite 1207, Cincinnati, Ohio 45208 Phone 513-321-1343

Froelich, Ralph 5/55 - 8/56 HORN
Juilliard graduate. Former member: New York Woodwind Quintet, and Symphony of the Air (Principal Horn). He taught at the University of South Florida for 24 years, retiring on 6/1/98.

Frost, Larry 1959-c. VIOLIN
Thanks to Dan Thomason for reporting this.

Furholmen, David 11/56 - 8/58 'CELLO
SP3 (or SP5, I don't remember)
Currently: plastics molder.
Graduate of Northwestern University; BBA. Cellist: formerly in Chicago Civic Orch, North Carolina Symphony, 5 Classical Musical Festival's in Eisenstadt (near Vienna, Austria), Danville Symphony (IL), participant in Rostropovich's World Cello Congress in St. Petersburg, Russia, 1997; currently play in amateur orchestras in the Chicago area. Plastics molder: developed proprietary line of tooling for automotive in a family business in the Chicago area called Furnel, Inc. I sold out in 1996 but have 2 more years on an employment contract with the new owners.
610 Nerge Rd. RR#3 Roselle, IL 60172-4821

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