Ethan Bauch – Bassoon
Marty Caruso – Saxophone
Jay Dale – Bass Guitar
Stephen C. Fox – Bagpipe
Michael M Golizio – Bass
George E. Harris – Drums
Frank T Hunter – Trombone/Arranger/Copyist
Frederick Koch – Piano/Conductor/Copyist
Henry Koenig – Piano
Jack Lesberg – Bass
Alfred “Al” F. Mattaliano – Trumpet
Lloyd G. Mayers – Piano/Arranger/Copyist
Ralph J Montello – Piano
Maria Papagianakes – Violin
Forrest G. Perrin – Piano
Wayne Rapier – Oboe
Michael A. Rosati – Trumpet
Esmond “Ezzie” Samuels – Saxophone
Guelda K. Sherman – Cello
Thomas Stewart III – Trumpet/Arranger/Copyist
Drew Walker – Saxophone
Ethan Bauch, 50, bassoonist of the internationally renowned Dorian Wind Quintet, died from complications of lymphoma at his home in Bloomfield, NJ on November 12. He had been a member of Local 802 for nearly 30 years.
During his outstanding career, Mr. Bauch received numerous awards including the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ Most Valuable Player Award and the Elsie W. Naumberg Award for orchestral excellence. Ethan made his New York debut, at the age of 19, as soloist with the New York Philharmonic in a nationally televised Young People’s Concert under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. He has been a soloist with numerous other organizations since, including the New York Chamber Soloists, the Musica Aeterna Orchestra and the Philharmonia Virtuosi. A graduate of The Juilliard School, he was the first student there ever to be awarded a graduate teaching fellowship in the woodwind department while still an undergraduate.
After graduation, Bauch began performing professionally as member, soloist and guest with various ensembles including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Long Island Philharmonic, and the Arioso Wind Quintet. Always an avid fan of chamber music, Ethan participated in numerous festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, Marlboro, the Vermont Mozart Festival, Monadnock Music, the North Country Chamber Players, and most recently, the Institute at Festival Hill at Round Top, Texas, as a member of the Dorian Quintet. As a much sought after performer, Mr. Bauch enjoyed tremendous success in a variety of genres.
In addition to his appearances with dozens of orchestras for symphony, opera and ballet performances, he also appeared with the orchestras of numerous shows on Broadway including “Sweeney Todd,” “West Side Story,” “Nicholas Nickleby,” “On the 20th Century,” “Pacific Overtures,” “Carousel,” “Damn Yankees,” “Guys & Dolls,” “Grand Hotel,” “How to Succeed in Business…,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “Phantom of the Opera,” and “Beauty & the Beast,” among many others. He performed frequently in ensembles with such popular artists as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Sheena Easton, Jean-Luc Ponty, Harry Connick, Jr., and The Moody Blues, as well as for the soundtrack recordings of hundreds of TV and radio commercials, numerous record albums, and motion picture soundtracks. Ethan also appeared on TV shows such as “Saturday Night Live,” “Late Night with David Letterman” and the “Rosie O’Donnell Show.” Ethan grew up in a musical household in Merrick, NY, alongside his father, Jason Bauch, a well-known cantor, composer and teacher, his brother Ronnie, a violinist and now Managing Director of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and his younger brother Aaron, who played the piano.
In addition to his career as a freelance bassoonist and teacher in the New York metropolitan area, Bauch served on the boards of the Recording Musicians Association and the Coalition for the Advancement of Live Music, published numerous articles about the business of music and the social benefits of music education, and in his spare time completed six NYC Marathons. Ethan Bauch is survived by his wife, Toko, of Bloomfield, his son Kiril, his mother Lillian, of Belleville, and two brothers, Ronnie and Aaron.
George E. Harris
George Edgerly Harris II, 84, a drummer and an 802 member since 1970, died December 29.
Mr. Harris was born in Bronxville, New York, to Ruth Hoffman Colony and George Edgerly Harris Sr., both artists. He served in the Air Force as a radio trainer during World War II and attended Columbia University on the GI Bill after the war.
In 1963 Mr. Harris moved with his wife Ann Marie McCanless and their six children to New York City where they began successful professional careers in the theatre. As an actor and director Mr. Harris was a regular in the early experimental Off-Off-Broadway movement. In 1968 he made his Broadway debut in “The Great White Hope” alongside James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander. He worked steadily in movies, including “Superman,” on television and radio, in summer stock and as a featured player in first-run national tours. His professional shows included “No Place to Be Somebody,” “The Trial of A. Lincoln” with Henry Fonda, and many others. During his long career he worked with pioneering producers and playwrights including Joe Cino, Ellen Stewart, Crystal Field and George Bartinieff, Al Carmines and Lanford Wilson, and with renowned artists including Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor.
A lifelong lover of big band music, Mr. Harris became a successful and respected bandleader during the 1970s in New York, where his “Ninth Street Stompers” was a popular act. The band featured many A-list musicians and launched careers.
For 15 years, until he retired in 2002, Mr. Harris worked at Local 802 as advertising manager for “Allegro.” He is fondly remembered by those who worked with him at 802 as a kind and considerate colleague who had a passion for building and flying intricate model airplanes.
Mr. Harris’s proudest achievement was his family. He is survived by his wife Ann and their six children, George III, Walter Michael, Frederic, Jayne Anne, Eloise and Mary Lou; and their many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his younger sister, Susan Joyce Weimer, and her three children Dale, Don Allen and Christopher.
Alfred “Al” F. Mattaliano
Alfred “Al” F. Mattaliano, 75, a trumpet player and 802 member for nearly 56 years, died December 3. At age 17, Mr. Mattaliano played with renowned bandleader Stan Kenton. He was subsequently hired to play in the ABC radio and television house band before he completed his studies at Juilliard, playing with Billy Butterfield, Bobby Hackett and others. From there, Mr. Mattaliano went on to play with greats such as Paul Whiteman, Boyd Raeburn, Mitch Miller and Louis Armstrong. He also played in Broadway shows including “Funny Girl,” “A Chorus Line,” “Irene,” “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” “Minnie’s Boys,” and “Hello Dolly.” He also played in the band that is shown in the opening wedding scene in the movie “The Godfather.” (Look for the trumpet player on the far right.) Mr. Mattaliano’s skill as a trumpet player was also used in the military service when he was assigned to the 1st U.S. Army Band stationed on Governor’s Island. After retirement, he continued his love of jazz and big band music by recording original arrangements and old standards, and volunteering as a member of the Brookdale Community College Big Band. Mr. Mattaliano is survived by his wife of 50 years, Eleanor “Pinky”; his son Al and daughter Melissa Davidson; and grandchildren Bobby, Chase, Bryce and Justin.
This obituary was edited from the Asbury Park Press.
Esmond “Ezzie” Samuels, 83, a saxophone player and 802 member since 1943, died on September 9. Mr. Samuels was one of the early jazz musicians who helped pioneer the big band era. During his 60-year career, he played with many well-known artists, including Bud Powell, Herbie Nichols, Ruth Brown, and the Ink Spots. He also created and led various bands that swung at clubs and ballroom venues like the Savoy Ballroom and the Apollo during the “great age” of jazz. Mr. Samuel’s 15-year run in the 1950s and 60s leading the Ezzie Combo at the Baby Grand nightclub in New York City was the height of his career. At the Baby Grand he worked alongside Nipsey Russell, Big Maybelle and many other jazz and entertainment personalities. Esmond Samuels lived in New York City his entire life.
Thomas Stewart III
Thomas Stewart III, 73, an 802 member for 50 years, died October 1. Born on December 26, 1931, Mr. Stewart graduated from Duke University in 1953. His life was filled with music as an arranger, tenor horn and trumpet player and music copyist. He leaves his wife Lois; sister Sandra Thorpe; nephew David Thorpe Jr. and his daughters Julia and Sarena; niece Susan Potz and her sons Jack and Christopher; and a sister-in-law Dora Stewart. Mr. Stewart also leaves many friends.
This obituary was edited from The New York Times.