Randall, George B. 12/59 - 3/62 HORN
George died on Sept. 8, 2010. He had returned to the Wash. D.C. area in 1962 and accepted a position at The American University as Professorial Lecturer, and Horn in the National Capital Woodwind Quintet. No money! He nearly starved to death, so when a high school band directorship opened in Alexandria, VA, he took it. During the subsequent 30 yrs. plus he never regretted one minute. It also gave him time to "gig", which he did until his teeth and gums went south. Played a lot of Opera, Ballet, Shows, as extra with National Symph, and a regular with the National Gallery of Art Orch. for 25 years. He had read Amram and Canarina's books with much pleasure.
Rayner, Clare G. 12/55 - 8/57 TROMBONE
Sgt. by default
Retired Professor, beer importer
PhD in Musicology, Indiana University, 1963. Professor of Musicology, Cal Poly and CSULB, 1964 - 1986. The primary focus for his PhD was 17th-century German keyboard music, for which he received a number of grants to do research in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich, and published the results: numerous volumes of keyboard music from the 17th-century, and some related articles. Later he spent another ten years researching the cultural life in southern California, in particular documenting the impact of the exile community from Nazi Germany on this sudden cultural growth. The result of this research is the Oral History of the Arts Archive, housed in the special collections section of the library of California State University, Long Beach. On retirement, he formed Pa's Bier, Inc., which imported Edelweiss Weizenbier and Zipfer lager, both from Austria.
Clare passed away in Long Beach, CA on October 9, 2010.
Read, Vernon B. 12/59 - 6/61 BASSOON/SAXOPHONE
Professor Emeritus from San Jose State University. Taught in the school of music for 37 years, in the areas of Music Hist., Theory, Bassoon, Conducting and Music Performance. Conducted both the University Orchestra and the Symphonic Band, and was founder/cond. of the early music ensemble Collegium Musicum.
Vernon passed away in San Jose, California on Feb. 23, 2003 at the age of 66.
Reed, Alan '52 - '53 VIOLIN
Thanks to Jack Monchecourt for reporting Alan's passing - probably in the Far East in the 1970's.
Reinberg, Don 11/55-c. - 8/57 TRUMPET firstname.lastname@example.org
From 1957 to 1980 I was principal trumpet of the San Francisco Symphony and Opera and then from 1980 to 1995 was 3rd trumpet with SF Symphony and now am happily retired.
112 Peralta Ave Mill Valley, CA 94941
Retzler, Robert E. (Ed) '53 - '54 OBOE/ENGLISH HORN
This entry updated 1/15/12 (address)
I played oboe and English horn under the direction of Jim Dixon and Ken Schermerhorn in 1953 and 1954. It was a great time; I made some wonderful friends, played beautiful music and traveled extensively in Europe - and never once carried a rifle!
After being discharged in 1954, I studied oboe and English horn with Harvey McQuire who played English horn with the Cleveland Orchestra for many years. I was offered the position of English horn and third oboe with the Indianapolis Symphony but elected instead to study geology at the University of Texas in order to use my GI Benefits before they expired. This led from one thing to another and finally an MBA at Stanford. I retired in 1991 after working at UCLA for 25 years in continuing education administration.
Upon my retirement, I enrolled as a music student at California State University at Long Beach where I studied oboe with Greg Donovetsky who had been a student of Harold Gomberg's at Julliard. Now I play oboe and English horn with two woodwind quintets, a concert band and, as time allows, other local musical groups.
8545 Carmel Valley Rd. Unit 22B, Carmel, CA 93923-9556
Rhodes, Ronald V. 4/54 -11/55 HORN
(This entry updated 7/17/16)
B.A. (with honors) - music major, educ. minor - San Francisco State College - 1951.
New Orleans Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, American Ballet Theatre, Royal Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Broadway productions of Oliver and Man of La Mancha - other free lance orchestras in NYC. Computer Programmer 1969-1991. Founder of this website Married to Nancy, an artist, for 50 years (no children).
Photos of Ron - 1955 & 2001
Rian, Patrick '56 - '58 TROMBONE/FIELD 1ST SGT.
"Pat was an excellent trombonist, later becoming house contractor in St. Paul for the St. Paul Opera Co. and the many traveling musicals that came through town. He became Secretary/Treasurer of the St. Paul Muscians Union in the 1970's, and then became President of the newly merged Twin Cities Musicians Union in 1981. Pat developed Alzheimer's disease at an early age, forcing him to retire from union office while still in his 50's. He died June 10, 2001 at the age of 69."
Thanks to Clyde Anderson for this report.
Robinson, Curtis W. '59 - '61 'CELLO email@example.com
Currently: Retired teacher.
After army I got a European discharge, went to Greece, married Anastasia and lived in her village for 3 months. Returning to U.S., I found a job teaching in Flint, Michigan. While there I made contact with Larry Hurst and George Papich. Also saw Ted Kruzich at Interlochen. John Covelli was conductor of the Flint Symphony and I enjoyed playing under him for several years. I stayed in Michigan for 20 years. In 1979-80 the bottom fell out of the Michigan economy (autos) and I found myself looking for a job. I moved to Houston in 1981 where I've been for another 20 years. Since I've been here I have worked with Larry Bush until he died. Also I've seen George Papich in Texas. That brings me up to date.
1425 Fountainview Drive Houston, Texas 77057
Rosenblum, Jay (Jacob) '57 - '58 VIOLIN
Jay was born Oct. 12, 1933 in the Bronx. He attended the High School of Music Art as an art major and after that, Bard College and the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Mich. for his master's degree in painting. He was a talented painter who had many shows in NY and other cities, and has paintings in the permanent collection of The Whitney Museum in NY. In addition to his painting, he was a teacher for many years at The Dalton School, The School of Visual Arts, the City University of NY, as well as in the public schools and other institutions in NYC. Jay was also a good violinist and through a U.S. Army ruling that twins must be stationed on the same base anywhere in the world, if requested, he came to Stuttgart (at the request of his twin brother Myron, violist), auditioned, and played in the 2nd violin section until late 1958 when he was discharged. He was happily married to Muriel and they had two wonderful daughters, Julia and Maria, both of whom are very talented actresses and very involved in the arts. Jay was riding on his bicycle on Jan. 25, 1989 from his art gallery in Soho and was one block away from his home on 11th St. and Ave. A in the east village, when a NYC bus jumped the light and hit him. He never recovered and died 2 days later, on Jan. 27th (Mozart's birthday -- a composer he greatly loved).
(Tribute by Myron Rosenblum)
Rosenblum, Myron 3/57 - 9/58 VIOLA (Principal) firstname.lastname@example.org
This entry updated 5/01/11.
Currently: Professor Emeritus - Queensborough Community College, City University of NY - retired in Jan. 2003 after 32 years of service.
My first concerts were in Passau. My rank when I left was PFC. I did not participate in the savings bond drive and was one of a small group who were "punished" by not being "promoted." During much of my time, I served as principal viola under Ling Tung and his successor, Edward Lee Alley. My first professional job after 7ASO was a 9½ week tour with the Boston Pops Tour Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler, conductor. I shared those weeks with a few other 7ASO guys, all violinists -- Doug Overland, Elliot Golub and Mike Comins. Free-lanced for many years in the NYC area, and performed with such groups as the NYC Opera, Clarion Concerts, American Opera Soc., Music in Our Time, Brattleboro Bach Festival, etc. Received M.A. and Ph.D from NYU in 1969 and 1975, respectively. Received a Fulbright Grant in 1964-65 to study and research the viola d'amore. Co-Director of the Viola d'amore Society of America. Founder and first Pres. of the American Viola Society. Author of articles, including "Viola d'amore" in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Received several research grants, edited published music for viola and viola d'amore.
Rossi, Achille L. '52 - '53 CLARINET (Principal)
Last job: Musician - Clarinetist, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Became the second clarinetist of the Indianapolis Symphony in Oct. 1959. A native of Providence, RI, he studied at the New England Conservatory with Gino Cioffi. Before joining the ISO, he was princiapl clarinetist of the New York Opera Festival Orchestra. During his time in Indianapolis, he had a distinguished career as a chamber musician and clarinet instructor at the Jordan College of Fine Arts of Butler University. He was married to ISO violinist Catherine Rossi and was the father of two children. Away from music he enjoyed travel, cooking, reading, history and the glory and agony of his favorite baseball team, the New York Yankees. In addition to his performing duties with the ISO, he made significant contributions to the Orchestra through leadership roles on the Orchestra Committee and the Pension Committee. He was a winner of the Patch Leadership Award.
Photo of Achille
Roth, Neil C. 1/54 - 10/55 'CELLO email@example.com
(This entry updated 3/8/15)
Currently: Retired, - former psychology prof., counseling psychologist, pastor, and dean of faculty.
With my dear wife of 60 years we have two wonderful children: a son Edward, who teaches at U.S.C. and a daughter Laurie, who is a counseling psychologist, author, and musician. My wife Joanne, is also a counseling psychologist and a former university professor. Also, she is a fine pianist, and she and I continue to play occasional recitals of the best in cello-piano classics and Hymns. Cello/Piano recitals were my outlet for the music love of my life. In 2007 we made two CDs for cello and piano featuring Classical Hymn arrangements. We live in the beautiful mountains of northeastern Washington State, near to Newport and lovely Lake Pend Oreille and only 12 miles from our daughter, her husband, and our granddaughter and grandson. We enjoy boating, fishing, and gardening, as well as our model trains and music.
4992 Spring Valley Road, Newport, Wa 99156 (509) 671-3276
Photos of Neil - Then & Now
Rubinstein, Seymour10/54 - 9/56VIOLIN firstname.lastname@example.org
Seymour died of cancer on August 9, 2009. He went very peacefully, at home, on hospice, surrounded by loving family and many violin students who played for him until the day he died and at his funeral! He had been living in Riverside, CA. He had continued with music... free-lancing, by and large. Did a great deal of private teaching. Produced the Champagne Pops series in Laguna Woods, California. Was a manager/agent for a terrific Latin Variety show. He had been taking group Tango lessons every week, and had traveled a lot when his arthritis was under control. He is survived by his son living in S.F., his daughter living in Vancouver, and his wife Klara, who is a Licensed Clincal Social Worker and a good cellist.
P.O. Box 55690 Riverside, CA 92517
Rubis, Carl S. '56 - '57 VIOLA CSRubis@aol.com
Principal Viola in 7ASO most of 1957.
10/57 to 7/62: Violist with National Symphony Orchestra of Wash., D.C.
8/63 to 7/92: Taught instrumental music in the Public Schools of Montgomery County, Md. Also continued playing viola freelancing in the Wash., D.C. area, performing with the Kennedy Center Opera and Ballet Orchestra, The Washington Ballet Orchestra, The National Gallery Orchestra and various other groups.
1960 - Married Dorothy Wren King of Gate City, VA and am very proud of our two sons and two grandchildren. Am obsessed with fishing and particularly pursuing Rockfish in the Chesapeake Bay area. My best wishes to all 7th Army Symphony pals and vets.
7016 Beverly Lane Springfield, VA 22150
Rusack, Richard N. 7/56 - 8/57 VIOLIN, VIOLA email@example.com
Had graduated from SUNY Potsdam before entering the army. After service received MM in viola from Indiana U. Played viola in Atlanta Symphony and taught at Spelman College. Taught 15 years in the public schools of Port Washington, NY and played in various orchestras and chamber groups on Long Island. Got a DMA in viola at the U. of Arizona in '60 and played principal viola in U. orchestra. Also played in the Tucson Symphony. Got position in string pedagogy at the Hartt School. Also taught viola and conducting. Retired after 22 years at Hartt last June. Played sub in Hartford Symphony and Springfield Symphony during that time. Have four children by first wife and a seven year old by second--four grandchildren. Enjoying life as always...
131 Silkey Road North Granby, CT 06060
Rushford, Bob 10/58 - 6/60 TRUMPET firstname.lastname@example.org
Semi-retired music contractor, former Principal Tpt.
For almost 20 yrs, top free lance jobber in the Chicago area in my field, playing performances of every significant ballet company in the world. Lead Trumpet on Porgy and Bess, King and I, The Music Man, and many other musicals. My CHICAGO BRASS ENSEMBLE did the sound track for Robert Altman's movie, A WEDDING. Soloist with many Chicago orchestras including: the Fine Arts Quartet, New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Music Center Orchestra etc. Very active in the Chicago recording industry; played and recorded with the Chicago Symphony. In the early 80's I had brain surgery, which led to the end of my very enjoyable career; but I still live and play trumpet in a Community Band in San Diego. Old trumpet players never die (in my heart); they just fade away.
11069 Cmto. Alegra San Diego, CA 92131 (858) 536-8128
Rushkin, Wallace '51 - '53 'CELLO (Principal)
Currently: Professor, Music Emeritus, Cal. State Univ., Sacramento, CA.
Taught Cello at U.of N. Carolina, Col. State, Fort Collins CO, Antioch College, OH, U. of Az., Tucson AZ, Cal. State Univ., Sacramento, CA. Former member Pittsburgh Symphony, Symphony of the Air, principal cellist Sacramento Symphony. Former student of: Robert LaMarchina, Frank Miller, Diran Alexian, Hans Koelbel, Leonard Rose.
5112 Charter Ct., Rocklin, CA 95765