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Ned Meredith

Ned MeredithNed Meredith was born on April 8, 1923 in Altoona, PA- From age seven to twelve, Ned was an Episcopalian choir boy- The traditional vocal music nourished his love for music- At thirteen, he was introduced to the trombone and began studies and later played in the Pennsylvania Railroad Band, and by age sixteen was jobbing at the local German Clubs. Membership in the Union came at that time and study with Ottavio Ferrara, former principal trombone in the Pittsburgh Symphony. This study necessitated a 200 mile round trip by Greyhound which helped make this study invaluable. He graduated from Altoona High School in 1941, and it was during his senior year as member of the Trombone Choir, that he subbed two nights for Vernon Brown with Muggsy Spanier's Orchestra. Musicians included George Wettling, drums; Mel Powell, piano; Dean Kincaide, baritone sax; Peanuts Hucko, tenor sax; an All-Star band- This was the highlight of an early adventure with the trombone.

Ned served in the military overseas in the invasions of Sicily, Salerno and Anzio and was reunited with the trombone in Naples, Italy where he served in the 112th Army Ground Forces Band. Upon returning to civilian life, Ned entered the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music where he studied with Ernest Glover.During his junior year, he met and later married Mary AnnYoder, a talented cellist. They are proud parents of three daughters-Carol, Marlene and Jill- As scholarship recipients, Ned did graduate work at Juilliard under Roger Smith and Mary Ann at Manhattan with Diran Alexanian. As a regular sub at Radio City Music Hall in New York, Ned was influenced by Armen Ruta, James Thompson, Dick Hixson and Can Repole.

Ned won the audition for the principal position in the New Orleans Symphony succeeding Ed Erwin. In that section was, Glenn Dodson, Dee Stewart, and Ross Tolbert. Alexander Hilsburg was the illustrious conductor. While in New Orleans (1955), Ned and Mary Ann toured the Caribbean, Central and South America with the New Orleans Symphony, sponsored by the State Department. In 1959, Ned toured Central and South America with the National Symphony as alternate first under the direction of Howard Mitchell. In 1960, both Ned and Mary Ann were engaged by Maurice Abravanel in the Utah Symphony. They can be heard in many recordings including Mahler III, VIII, IX symphonies. Ned also had the distinction of performing with Lionel Hampton for two engagements(1963). Ned auditioned for Maestro Josef Crips in San Francisco (1964) and for 25 seasons played second trombone in the San Francisco Symphony- That section included Mark Lawrence, John Englekes and Floyd Cooley. Mary Ann joined the Oakland Symphony as Associate Principal Cellist. During Ned's tenure with the San Francisco Symphony, he played under Krips, Ozawa, de Waart , and Blomstedt- Ned was also principal trombone in the San Francisco Opera for 16 years, - Even though Ned "retired" in 1986, he toured Europe with the San Francisco Symphony, and again in 1999 to the Far East. In 1990, he was invited to play in the Minnesota Orchestra and opened the following symphony season with Steve Zelmer, principal trombone and dear friend, now deceased. Ned and Mary Ann both played in the Santa Fe Opera over a number of seasons. Friendship with Lewis Van Haney began in 1951 in New York City and remained steadfast until his unfortunate and sudden death in Tucson in1991.

Presently, Ned and Mary Ann reside in Tucson, where they have enjoyed the Southwest for the past nine years. Ned is a proud friend and teacher of many students including Joseph Alessi, New York Philharmonic; Mike Brown, Phoenix Symphony; Jon Etterbeck, Galicia, Spain; Bruce Fowler, Hollywood; Hall Gough, San Francisco Ballet; Mac Dowell Kenley, San Francisco Opera; Don Kennelly, San Francisco Opera;William McElheney,Vienna Philharmonic; Zack Spellman(tuba),San Francisco Opera; Steve Witser, Cleveland Orchestra; and Russ Widener, Wichita Symphony.