7th Army Symphony

Dedicated to the players of the orchestra       (last update - July 24, 2016)
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Existing in Germany from 1952 to 1962, this orchestra 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".

Eschwege Eschwege

site of the orchestra concert
on July 24, 1952

July 24, 2016
Inspired by Jerry Pollack's report, Mike Comins (violin '54 - '55) sent in this account of how he got into the orchestra.
Ed Alley (bass, conductor, admin 1958 - 60) sent along a recording of June LeBell's May 3rd Musical Conversation broadcast on WSMR in Sarasota, containing her interview with Ed about the orchestra, along with a number of recordings from this site. More information and a link to the recording are on the Recordings Page

Lost Sheep List
(Updated 6/28/14)
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In Memoriam
(Updated 7/17/16)
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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.

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