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8 years old

14 years old



At the Barton organ, age 17

High school mentor, conductor Bruce Houseknecht

3 students off to Eastman, 1950


With Martin Mailman, ca. 1951



With Howard Hanson, 1953


Egypt, 1955


Paris, 1955


On the set for The Birthday of the Infanta, 1956


Recording session, 1957

Imperial Palace, Tokyo
With Chief Court Musician s. Abe (l) and G. Togasaki, 1965


Imperial Palace, Tokyo
Bugaku Dance Performance
with Tsuji Toshio, 1965

With Howard Duff (narrator for What is Man?) and Ida Lupino, 1968


With conductor / composer Jerome Neff, 1974. Oakland Symphony Orchestra performance of orchestral version of Rocky Point Holiday

Premiere of Fanfare for a Celebration, 1982


With Stuart Pope, of Boosey & Hawkes at premiere of Medieval Suite, 1982

Aspen studio, at work on Aspen Jubliee, 1984


With conductor Erich Kunzel & wife Brunhilde

With composer Martin Mailman


Sudler Award Ceremony, 1994

With conductor Frederick Fennell


With conductor Don Wilcox, 1994


Rehearsing USAF Band of the West, 1994


With conductor Leonard Slatkin, 1994


Publicity photo, 1996


With conductor Matthew Mailman, 2000


Scottsdale, 2001


Family wedding, 2003 – on the right, son Marc & family; on the left, daughter Kristen & family

With wife Michele, 2005


Premier of Pastorale: Autumn Rune at 2006 Midwest Clinic Ray Cramer, conducting

With Penny the WonderDog, 2006


Honorary Doctorate, OCU, 2006

With Jack Stamp composer/conductor Keystone Wind Ensemble, 2009

82nd Birthday, December 2011

“Escorting granddaughter Kaitlyn, July 2017


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