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  Walter Rosenberger

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Saturday, November 02, 2019 (This event repeats every year)

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Walter Rosenberger

Walter E. Rosenberger, born on November 2, 1918, in Rochester, New York, was an American percussionist, best known for his thirty-nine years with the New York Philharmonic; he served as as principal percussionist from 1972 until his retirement in 1985.

Walter began playing the drums and percussion at the age of 8 — three years later, joined the Rochester High School band and graduated in 1937. After high school, he went on to study percussion with Edward Montray and Saul Goodman at the Juilliard School where he graduated in 1941.

Rosenberger went on to play with the Pittsburgh Symphony before serving in the Army Special Services during World War II. He was an original member of the Sauter-Finegan Band, and was a percussionist in the New York Philharmonic for 39 years. He served as principal percussionist from 1972 until his retirement in 1985. Besides giving private lessons, Rosenberger taught at the Mannes College of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and served on the faculty at Juilliard for six years back in the '80s.

Walter Rosenberger died on July 27, 2013 at age 94.

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