7th Army Symphony

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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."

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Sarasota, Florida

where a reunion may be held in 2016
(see below)
April 26, 2015
Stu Krams (bass '56 - '57) and Ed Alley (bass, conductor '58 - '60) are continuing to make plans for a possible social reunion in Sarasota, Florida on February 26-29, 2016. For more information and an updated list of possible attendees see this page, which will remain on the site indefinitely. If you are interested in attending, please let Stu know as soon as possible at stukrams@gmail.com.
Lost Sheep List
(Updated 6/28/14)
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In Memoriam
(Updated 4/5/15)
Doug Sax
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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