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Arthur Kramer


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Arthur’s musical experiences began with taking some lessons in grammar school and playing guitar in high school. He first picked up an electric bass his first year in college. After his second year he attended a jazz camp where the bass teacher (Milt Hinton) told him to give the stand-up bass a try. He found it challenging but enjoyable, so in his junior year he enrolled in music classes and took lessons from the college’s bass instructor, while playing mostly rock ‘n’ roll and standards in small clubs and society jobs. Arthur’s college instructor was patient with this beginner who didn’t even own a bass and couldn’t read bass clef!  But he borrowed a bass and studied for the next two years.  Then he heard about a community orchestra, so he “trotted” into a rehearsal and played with them for two years. While there, he was asked to cover for a fellow player in a community theater group’s production of Carousel, that led to playing with that group for several years. All this time, Arthur was completing a correspondence course at Berklee College of Music in harmony, theory and arranging for jazz bands. Several years later he had to give up music because he got married and enrolled in a program for an advanced degree.  He did not start playing music again for about 25 years; again, rock ‘n’ roll bands. Then he heard about an opening in the Glen Rock Pops, which he joined. Three years later Arthur learned of the Ridgewood Symphony. He was welcomed at his first rehearsal, and here he still is.

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