Monday, February 14, 2011
Ira Schwartz is pictured here (R) with members of the Brockport Golden Eagle Band, practicing in Tower Fine Arts in the 1970s. Schwartz was a popular teacher at Brockport and had a long and interesting career. As a young man he was leader of a Navy band in Europe during WWII. He later received his doctorate and became a professor here at Brockport. He was a woodwind player, especially of clarinet and saxophone, but his great musical passion was for composing. He even co-wrote an opera about Martin Luther King, "Brother Martin and the Beloved Community."