Monday, February 14, 2011

Ira Schwartz

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."

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