Uncle Sam's orchestra: memories of the Seventh Army Symphony by John Canarina

By John Canarina

The USA as soon as maintained a symphony orchestra, the 7th military Symphony, established in Stuttgart, Germany. shaped in 1952 as a public relatives degree, it was once meant to illustrate to the Europeans, and the Germans particularly, that American squaddies have been younger males of tradition in a position to appreciating and appearing the song of Beethoven, Brahms, and different nice composers with feeling and realizing. during this the orchestra was once tremendous winning, traveling again and again all through (West) Germany, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

even with the nice acclaim and exuberance with which it used to be got all through Europe, the orchestra encountered hassle and a few outright hostility from the U.S. military itself, which didn't relatively understand what to do with a symphony orchestra in its midst. as a result, as well as paying tribute to the $64000 paintings the orchestra did within the box of cultural kinfolk, this e-book chronicles the various funny incidents that arose out of the perennial friction among the really unmilitary orchestra and the "regular military" group of workers with whom it got here in direct touch.

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It was the only unit in the armed forces to have such an onerous record. Not that the Army didn't try. Every six months, career sergeants presented indoctrination sessions to the musicians, the lectures extolling the virtues of military life. The atrocious use of the English language by the recruiters had no little effect on the orchestra and undoubtedly contributed to its perfect record. This book is admittedly a hybrid, telling the Seventh Army Symphony's story from the dual standpoints of respect for its many accomplishments in the field of international relations, and acknowledgment of its numerous foibles and idiosyncrasies, often exacerbated by the foibles and idiosyncrasies of the military.

Therefore, my eternal gratitude to the people without whom there would have been no book, the following conductors, members, and administrators of the Seventh Army Symphony and, in some cases, their wives: Samuel Adler, Edward Lee Alley, Ronald Anderson, Gerald Appleman, Eugene and Rae Becker, Grant and Joyce Beglarian, Clifford Biggs, Arthur Bloom, James and Jocelyn Bolle, Keith Bryan, Reid and Bette Bunger, Robert Cancelosi, James Clute, Michael Comins, John and Ruth Covelli, Regis Cronauer, Bruce Degen, Stuart Dempster, James Dixon, Donald Dragansky, Arno Drucker, James Economou, Harvey Bruce Elledge, Aubrey Facenda, Raphael and Sidney Feinstein, John Ferritto, Ralph Froelich, David Furholmen, Harris Goldman, Paul Gotowicki, Arthur Grossman, Eugene Hartzell, Paul Hass, Andrew Heath, Ben F.

What follows is an attempt to pay tribute to a remarkable musical organization. Not the least of its distinctions is that it was the only American symphony orchestra never to perform in the United States. Page xv Acknowledgments In the form of Army records reposing in a single location, very little official documentation of the Seventh Army Symphony exists today. , has some material, but it is largely miscellaneous and uncatalogued. Nevertheless, I am extremely grateful to Frederick W. Pernell of the Reference Branch of the General Services Administration's National Archives and Record Service for his help in locating such material as was locatable.

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