Steady Eddie Had the Gift of Rhythm

Steady Eddie taught the art of musical rhythm

Steady Eddie Had the Gift of Rhythm. I always seem to have had the best of luck in mentors. Maestro Edmund DeMattia was up there with the best. He recently passed away. I miss him. I’ve always excelled as a composer and am a fairly good pianist. Ed communicated how I could steady my rhythm in performance.

“Steady Eddie” was a Great Musical Innovator of the American Military

The idea for a “National Concert Band” began in 1973.  Discussions were held among retired and former members of the four major military service bands in the Washington, DC area. The organization’s two main purposes were: (1)  To provide a way for area military musicians to continue to play after retirement.  (2) To preserve the  concert band tradition of music in the United States. Ed also happened to be one of the founding members of the American Concert Band Association (ACB). The National Concert Band became a member of this professional organization. This was in no small part due to Ed.  Because of him, those who retired from military service could continue their music  in the National Concert Band .

"Steady Eddie" had impeccable musical rhythm.
Edmond DeMattia knew when to keep tempo, make an accelerando, and ritardando.

Wind Song Players in Concert under Maestro Edmond Demattia

One of Ed’s last concerts was with my wife and myself. Wife, mezzo soprano Sharon Ohrenstein, is also a composer, lyricist and arranger.

Sharon and I shared in co-composing. We worked together on a couple of  military marches for Memorial Day. Link is below to our live performance of  “Glory and Honor”.  We even had Civil War Re-enactors firing their muskets during the concert on conductor’s cue!

Finally, what I am most proud of in the realm of the  American military march. I worked with “Rubinoff and His Violin.” This was over a 15 year span. I was his arranger and accompanist. The American March King “-John Philip Sousa” gave Rubinoff’s career a big boost:  He procured a continuous stipend from  the State Department for bringing fine music to children in the public schools.

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David Rubinoff and His Violin with American March King John Philip Sousa. I accompanied and arranged for Rubinoff, later in his life, for 15 years.

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