This site is dedicated to the players of the orchestra, which existed in Germany from 1952 to 1962,
and 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".
Where the orchestra played on
October 16, 1958
October 1, 2017
From Deirdre Hesse Carpenter, the oldest child of Robert R. Hesse
(violin, advance man '54 - '56), comes the sad news of his passing on December 1, 2016. She reports that
Bob always made them watch slides of his Army adventures on New Years Eve
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
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