Nadel, Milton E. ? - ? BASS
Milton passed away in March of 2005. This was reported by a family member to Mel Ponzi.

Naegele, Philipp O. Spring/55 - Fall/56 VIOLIN (Concertmaster)
Philipp passed away peacefully on January 30, 2011 at his home in Northhampton, MA after a brief illness.
He was retired from Smith College, and also taught at Amherst College
He came to the army after deferments to finish a musicology PhD at Princeton and a Fulbright at the Vienna Academy of Music. In Vienna he met up with the touring 7ASO under Kenneth Schermerhorn, Charles Rosen pianist. They advised him to go to the Pentagon while still a civilian to set the switches for getting into 7ASO after basic. It worked. As concertmaster he also had the 7ASO String Quartet which played independently in Amerika Houses. He audtioned for Szell in Salzburg and got an expedited release to make the Fall season, October '56. 8 years Cleveland Orch.; over 35 Smith College. Marlboro Music Festival continuous from 1950 until his death; sometime member of the Vegh Quartet, Boccherini ensemble, Cantilena Piano Quartet. Many recordings - various labels. Son from first marriage is a fine cellist, Matthias Naegele. Philipp retired from Smith College in 2000 and, among other things, attended to his adoptive Chinese daughter, whom he and his wife picked up in Hunan Province. His wife Barbara is a violist and teacher.

Needlman, Herb 1952 TROMBONE
Rank ?
Currently: Retired
The orchestra was actually playing concerts in 1951, and I was part of that original group.
I was an administrator in a Junior High School, Ex Chair of Music Division, Five Towns College, Long Island. Also, for many years I've been Broadway...Gilbert and Sullivan (professionally), and other "gigs" that have come up....Conducted the Senior "Pops" orchestra of Long Island for a number of years.
87 Derby Ave., Greenlawn, NY 11740   (631) 757-8356

Nestler, Helmut 11/59 - 8/62 OBOE
Staff Sgt.
Music Education in Germany (Oboe & Piano). He became a member of the Dortmunder Chamber Orchestra. Furthermore, the principal oboe player with the Westphalia Symphony Orchestra until his immigration to the United States of America in 1959. The summer season of that year he was a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. In November 1959 he was drafted and subsequently sent to the 7ASO. After the disbanding of the 7ASO, he had a European Discharge and played with the Siegerland Symphony Orchestra and went on a German, Dutch and Belgium tour with the Tibor Varga Chamber Orchestra. In 1964 after returning to the U.S. he became a citizen. In the following years he taught Judo, worked as a Flight Instructor. He also worked as a metalurgical research photographer for Rexnord Corporation. For 17 years, his wife Susie and he operated the Nite Cap Inn, a successful specialty restaurant in Palmyra, WI. They had 2 children Mike age 27, Michelle age 22, and 2 grandchildren Kayla, 8 and Isabella 3. .

Newman, David H. 4/54 - 2/55 VIOLIN
Currently: Retired, as asst. principal since 1989.
Supervised and taught at Mark Twain Jr. High for Gifted & Talented Students in Brooklyn. I obtained a Masters in violin at Manhattan School of Music in 1961. I taught orch. music from 1957-58, and was a supervisor from 1968-89. I have always played, both informally and for performance. I performed with the Brooklyn Trio for many years. I am presently playing both violin and viola in various quartests, and have performed in the metropolitan area and Long Island. Payment? Rarely money, mostly love! At present, I teach a chamber music course for senior citizens at Brooklyn College, where I perform with friends and colleagues and give brief background lectures.
1478 E 46th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11234-3110   (718) 338-0561

Njaa, David '56 - '57  VIOLA
David's wife replied to the 2004 reunion committee on 2/9/04 -
"Oh, I am so sad, because this would have been possible, although David was quadriplegic since 1979. David died last November. His experience with the symphony was certainly one of the peak experiences of his life. He had so many stories. Sorry we won't be with you."
He was Music Director Catholic Church and school 1959-1975. Developed music program for rough Rock School, Navajo Nation, Arizona 1975-1979. Married to Bev Njaa 1959 - 4 children.

North, Earl C. 7/53 - 5/55 BASSOON
Released from active duty 1 June 55; matriculated Capital Univ. Conservatory of Music Sept. '55, majoring in performance; married 7/56, daughter born 10/58, son born 5/62; graduated 6/59; attended Ind. Univ. grad sch. 59-60; public sch. music teacher/band director at various locations in Fla. & NH until '72; then became free-lance performer/teacher; included early music in his repertory; '82 returned to active duty as enlisted bandleader for 3 years; '85 added arranging to my activities, several works pub, mostlty for WW combos; '88 formed WW quintet that specializes in children's programs (Peter & the Wolf, Paddington Bear's First Concert, et al); ostensibly retired in '95.

Norwood, Warren Ross 1952 FLUTE
Warren passed away about 1985. Thanks to Jack Monchecourt for this date.

Nowak, Henry '54 - '55 TRUMPET
Permission to list. Henry is currently active in NYC, and we hope to have more details soon.

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O'Connor, Edward J. P. 4/60 - 8/61 (Left just before the Berlin Wall) HORN
Currently: Retired
M.M. Northwestern Univ., '62. Freelanced in Chicago '62-'64, including a season with the Chicago Lyric Opera Orch. , national tours with the Chicago Little Symphony (Thor Johnson), recording studios, etc. Ed.D. Teachers College, Columbia Univ. '67. Joined music faculty at the University of Connecticut in '67 and stayed there for career, retiring in '94. Served 12 years as Associate Dean of Fine Arts; a number of years as Director of Undergraduate Studies in Music. When I got into administration, I traded in the horn for voice, made several trips to Czechoslovakia for research on the classical and folk vocal music, specializing in recitals and papers on that music. Developed a program of multicultural music education for UConn. Retired to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and have been involved in a number of volunteer organizations. Wife, Carol Ann, is a voice teacher. Two daughters.
714 Mt. Zion Rd., Pinnacle, NC 27043

O'Hara, David L. 10/58 - 9/60 TUBA  
Education:   Louisville Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY Master of Divinity in Pastoral Theology - 1986. SUNY, Albany, NY Course work in Junior College Administration - 1968. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC Master of Arts in Public School Admniistration - 1964. SUNY, Potsdam, NY Bachelor of Science m Music Education - 1958.
Employment History:  
Beginning May 98 - Visitation Ministry (PT), Orange City UMC Established Parish Nurse, Senior Networking, Library.
Beginning Aug 95 - Pioneer Art Settlement, Docent.
Jan 89-May 89, Char/Meck Schools, Charlotte, NC [Sub, Secondary/Spec Ed)
Main Career Position:
Jul 65-Aug 83, State Univ of NY, Morrisville, NY [assistant to the President]
Jul 72-Aug 83, Community Church, Morrisville, NY [Director of Music]

Ondracek, Paul '55 - '56 HORN
Deceased March 6, 2017
After leaving the orchestra, Paul had a long career as a principal hornist, initially in Chicago's Lyric Opera, and finally in the Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra.

Ondrejka, Ronald 9/54 - 4/56 VIOLA, CONDUCTOR
Spec. 1st Class
Ron died on April 7, 2016 at his home in Carpinteria, CA at the age of 83
1957-60 Conducting Staff, Radio City Music Hall.
1960-61 Music Director/Conductor, Monterey Symphony, Carmel, Ca.
1960-67 Asst. to Dr. Richard Lert, ASOL Conductor Training Workshops.
1961-63 Assoc. Conductor, Buffalo Phil., Jos. Krips, Music Dir.
1963-65 Assoc. Conductor Cincinnati Symph., Max Rudolf, Music Dir.
1965-67 Assoc. Conductor, Pittsburgh Symph., William Steinberg, Music Dir.
1967-78 Faculty, U. of Calif., Santa Barbara; initiated advanced degree pgms. in conducting.
1967-79 Music Dir., Santa Barbara Symph.   1979-93 Music Dir., Fort Wayne Philharmonic.
1993-94 Music Advisor, Santa Barbara Symphony.
Seven ASCAP awards for Adventursome Programming with Ft. Wayne Phil. Honorary Member, Association Nationale Hector Berlioz. Royal Liverpool Intl. Conducting Competition, 2nd prize.

Ondrick, William '55 - '56 HORN
Bill passed away on Nov. 17, 2002. He established and ran the music dept. at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J. for more than 40 years. He is survived by Shirley, his wife of 47 years.

Orner, George '59 - '61 VIOLIN (Concertmaster)
E-5 (as concertmaster, which meant he didn't have to unload the truck!)
He was concertmaster during and after John Canarina's stint as conductor. It is he sitting as concertmaster on the cover of John's book. For forty nine years he was a member of the Baltimore Symphony and leader of the second violin section for thirty eight of those years. His information is listed in the ICSOM directory. He also had an international rare stringed instrument business, Orner Enterprises, Inc. and had been a faculty member of the Peabody Prep. and Goucher College string departments.

Ostrow, Isaac 1959 VIOLIN
Thanks to Dan Thomason for reporting this.

Overland, Douglas S. 3/57 - 9/58 VIOLIN, VIOLA  
PFC (grudgingly given to him on his last day in the army)
After leaving the army, he spent a season with the Boston "Pops" tour orchestra, and then began a 34 teaching career in Garden City, KS; Rochester, MN; and 30 years in Moundsview, a suburban school district north of Mpls., St. Paul, MN. As a freelance perfomer he played with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and spent many years performing in a large entertainment string group called the "Golden Strings." In his retirement from public school teaching he busied himself with a large class of private students, a full schedule of chamber music and freelance playing in the Twin Cities area. Summers were spent in Northern MN on an island in Lake Vermillion where his wife Etta (a fine Cellist) and he built a log cabin. They had two children: daughter Ann, and son David.

Oxman, Leon '57 - '59 PERCUSSION
Played entire run of the musical "Oliver" on Broadway - 1960's, and in productions of Indians and Celebration. He was an avid investor in real estate and owned and managed several commercial properties.

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Paine, Bruce '57 - '58 TROMBONE
Bruce passed away on 11/4/97. Reported by Mel Ponzi, 9/8/05 and confirmed by Bob Sharon.

Paladino, Joseph 2/57 - 9/58 'CELLO
Although he made his living in public education as a music teacher, guidance counselor, and District-level Administrator, he played chamber music and in various community orchestras for many years. In retirement, he had more time to play his cello, exercise, fool around on the Internet, etc. and was learning to speak Japanese in contemplation of a trip there. Married to Barbara since 1974 and their son, Sascha, graduated from Wesleyan University (Ct.)
He lived at 37 Riverside Drive New York, NY 10023

Palanchian, John 6/55 - '56-c. VIOLIN
After service, John was an active free-lance player in NYC. In 1983 he became Vice President of Local 802, A.F.M. and was in charge of the concert dept. He participated in contract negotiations for Lincoln Center's various orchestras as well as free-lance orchestras. Before that he was chairman of the NYC Opera Orchestra Committee amd was instrumental in efforts to start their pension fund. John Palanchian died of cancer on 12/2/90. His wife, Gloria, who worked in the 802 concert dept. died of cancer on 4/2/92.

Papavasilion, Ernest J. 1961-c. VIOLIN
After service, Ernest was a violinist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for many years. He passed away on 11/01/99.

Papich, George '58 - '60 VIOLA
Currently teaching Viola at the University of North Texas
School = University of Michigan - BM, MM, DMA.
Performing Groups = Chattanooga Symphony and String Quartet, Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Dallas Ballet, Dallas Opera, Dallas Lyric Opera, Richardson Symphony, Fine Arts Piano Quartet, University of North Texas String Quartet, Chamber Music International.
Teaching = Northern Michigan University and University of North Texas.

Pastorelle, Peter 8/56 - 8/58 VIOLIN
Currently: Businessman
After the tour with 7ASO and discharge in August of '58, I got my MA in English Lit. from NYU and a Bachelor of Divinity (BD) from Maryknoll Seminary. Worked as a Producer-Director for United Nations Television, during which time I also composed and recorded scores for a number of UN films. After leaving the UN, formed an independent film production company, which made documentaries, educational and promotional films for various companies and organizations. In 1965 founded a radiological service company (lab services, instrument calibrations, decommissioning, leak-testing, waste handling, transportation, monitoring, etc.) engaged in shielding design, providing radiological services for pharmaceutical companies, government, medical centers and the health care industry. Although after 37 years the company closed its doors, I, with a wife, 5 children (ages 7 to 13) and 2 dogs, have to keep on playing through the coda. I am currently earning my keep as a consultant.
P.O. Box 318, 757 Armonk Road, Mount Kisco, NY 10549

Patterson, Ben 1958 BASS
Rank ?
Currently: Living in Germany
(This entry dated 11/27/05)
Westendstrasse 23
65195 Wiesbaden, Germany
Phone: 011-49-6-11-74508

Paulu, Norman 6/54 - 5/55 VIOLIN (Concertmaster)
Currently: Retired, living in Colorado.
Since 7ASO - Concertmaster of the Oklahoma City Symphony for 12 years and married to the first oboist, Catherine (now deceased), then went to the Pro Arte Quartet as first violinist and professor at the UW-Madison for 28 years, retiring in '95.  Since retiring I have lived with life partner Judy Dows in Colorado in the summer, and Tucson in the winter.  Now we have decided to spend the winters in Colorado also, in a different place than in the summer.  It is great here.
16545 Antero Circle, Broomfield, CO 80023   Phone (720) 381-6010   Cell (303) 653-8886
Summer months: 100 Cabin Creek Rd., Allenspark, CO 80510, Phone/Fax. (303) 747-2292
Army Photo of Norman Paulu, Then (1955)

Pendle, Peter 2/56-c. - 4/56-c. OBOE
Died 1986. If anyone knew Peter and has some more info. on him, please advise, and the information will be placed here.

Perkins, Leeman 1958 VIOLIN
Currently: Professor Emeritus, Columbia University
      B.F.A., University of Utah, 1954.
      Ph.D., Yale University, 1965: Dissertation: "The Motets of Jean Lhritier" (2 vols.).
      Instructor, Boston University, Summer, 1964.
      Instructor, Yale University, July 1, 1964 to June 30, 1967.
      Assistant Professor, Yale University, July 1, 1967 to June 30, 1971.       Fellow of Trumbull College, Yale University, March 12, 1966 to June 30, 197l. <1br>      Director, Undergraduate Studies in Music History, Yale University, July 1, 1969 to June 30, 1970.
      Instructor, Advanced Seminar in Medieval Music, Smith College, Fall, 1968 (concurrently with appointment at Yale).
      Associate Professor of Music History and Coordinator for Musicology, University of Texas at Austin, Sept. 1, 1971 to June 30, 1975.
      Visiting Associate Professor of Music, Columbia University, Fall, 1975.
      Associate Professor of Music History and Graduate Advisor for Musicology, University of Texas at Austin, Spring, 1976
      Professor of Music, Columbia University, Fall, 1976 to June 30, 2003.
186 Cambridge Avenue, Englewood, N. J. 07631-1625   Telephone: 201-871-4214

Perlee, Charles 1958 PERCUSSION, PIANO
Died Oct. 9, 1996, in Pasadena. Charles was a conductor and pianist who specialized in opera. After his stint in the orchestra, he conducted more than 400 performances of operas, ballets and musicals throughout the U.S. and Western Europe. He worked as staff conductor of both the Bremen Opera in Germany and the San Francisco Opera, and translated "The Music Man" into German for its German-language premiere in 1975. He also staged and conducted opera performances at the Redlands Bowl Summer Festival. In 1983, he joined Orange County Opera, an educational company that performs in public and private schools in Los Angeles and Orange counties. At the time of his death, he was the company's musical director and translator. He also played as accompanist in more than 3,000 performances.

Peters, Mitchell '58 - '60 PERCUSSION
Died on October 28, 2017 in Encinitas, CA at the age of 82. He attended the Eastman School of Music where he earned his bachelorís and masterís degrees and Performerís Certificate. While at Eastman, he was a member of the original Marimba Masters and appeared on the Ed Sullivan and Arthur Godfrey shows. He also made numerous recordings with the Eastman Wind Ensemble. Upon leaving the Army, he joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as principal percussionist. He joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as a percussionist in 1969, became its co-principal percussionist from 1973 to 1982, and retired as its principal timpanist and percussionist in 2006. In an effort to aid his students, he began writing his own material and eventually started a publishing company specializing in percussion works. He published over three dozen compositions, some of which, such as Yellow After the Rain, Sea Refractions, and Galactica, can be seen on YouTube. He became the applied percussion teacher at California State University Los Angeles shortly after joining the LA Phil and later accepted the position of Professor of Percussion at the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition, he was a faculty member at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. In May 2012, he retired from teaching.

Pickens, Paul Hubert 2/56 - 8/59 TUBA, 1ST SGT.  
Died on March 26, 2013 in Columbia, SC where he lived. Was one of the 71 original members of The Army Ground Forces Band on 21 March 1946. He played with the Columbia Community Concert Band, and was CEO of the Wayward Bus that followed the SC Gamecock football team.

Picklo, Carl E. '56 - '57 VIOLIN
Carl passed away on Nov. 5, 2007. Reported by Stu Krams on Jan. 8, 2008.

Pinsker, Adam A. '54 -'55 ADMIN./PIANO/PERCUSSION/'CELLO
Adam passed away in New York City on October 29, 2010. He had been a consultant, writer & lecturer in performing arts management, music and dance, and still played piano for his own amusement.
Adam took a European discharge in Oct. '55, studied at the Stuttgart Conservatory on the GI Bill until May '59 and went into symphony management: New Jersey Symphony (Schermerhorn conducting); Buffalo Phil. (Lukas Foss) and much later, the NY Chamber Symphony (Gerard Schwarz). Several years ago he helped out Robert Johnson (formerly 7ASO) with his wonderful NY Philomusica for a while. He also got very involved with dance company management, first with the Pennsylvania Ballet, then as president of the Assoc.of American Dance Companies (patterned after the Symphony League) and as director of Dance St. Louis, a major dance presenter. He also did a lot of consulting work, and along the way did a good bit of writing and lecturing, about performing arts mgmt., music and dance, but more about dance, for public radio, The New Yorker, Ballet Review, and the NY Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, etc. He was married to writer Judith Pinsker for over 35 years. She has 6 Emmys and 2 books published, one of which was on the best seller list. Their son was a Fulbright scholar, and is now married and living in Boston.

Pinto, Charlie   8/57 - 3/59   VIOLA
PFC (or lower, as circumstances dictated)
Currently: Retired member of Minnesota Orchestra (formerly Minneapolis Symphony).
Born Brooklyn NY - Performing Arts High School - NY Phil. scholarship to study viola - Manhattan School of Music - 1954 accepted as member of Minneapolis Symphony - US Army 1957-59 - returned to Minneapolis Symphony and remained until retirement 1994 - and always a very active chamber music player with a quartet recital in Town Hall NYC and quartet-in-residence at Dartmouth College Summer Music Festival - plus many quartet recitals in Minneapolis/St Paul area.
2160 Wellesley Ave., St Paul, MN 55105   (651) 690-3725

Pizzuto, Frederic PERCUSSION
Frederick passed away on 12/19/03. Reported by Mel Ponzi on 1/16/07

Plummer, Stanley 3/54 - 7/55 VIOLIN (Concertmaster)
Stan passed away in November, 2000.
UCLA Faculty for 23 years. 36 years as concertmaster and soloist in the Hollywood Studios, and toured internationally as a concert violinist. Also made a few solo LP's.

Pollack, Gerald A. '54 ADMINISTRATION, 'CELLO
Currently: Retired economist.
I am an amateur cellist who was lucky enough to land in the Symphony, having been sent from the States with a group of replacements early in 1954. Once I arrived, however, it became clear that there were now more cellists than were needed, and I did not make the cut at the audition. Fortunately for me, the orchestra's clerk was leaving, and, because I could type and speak German, I got his job. I later even got to play with the orchestra. After leaving the Army, I returned to graduate school for a doctorate in economics. Subsequently, I had a varied career in private industry, government, and academia. Highlights were working as international economist for the Senate-House Economic Committee of Congress and for Exxon, teaching corporate finance at Pace University, and working on the U.S. international accounts at the federal Bureau of Economic Analyis. I still play cello, and I participate in several amateur orchestras.
27 Irvine Road, Old Greenwich, CT 06870

Ponzi, Mel 5/56 - 7/57 BASS, SGT.
Deceased, Jan. 30, 2016
Mel had two wonderful tours of France, the first with Henry Lewis and the second with Ling Tung, and also had a great time in Greece. He had been affiliated with the Ohio State Marching Band since 1973, after moving to Columbus. He still played (Tuba) in three bands. His wife didn't know how he found time to work with all the playing. Also played in the West Point Band from late 55 to early 56.

Popick, Alan 1952 HORN
Member of the first orchestra, conducted by Samuel Adler. Later taught school in Nevada.

Powers, George '53 - '54 TROMBONE
George passed away several years ago. Not sure exactly when. He and I were very close and made many trips to Amsterdam."   Thanks to John Leite for this report of Sept. 12, 2001.

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