This page gives us an opportunity to introduce one of our members “up close and personal”. Our featured player this month is Harry Yutzler, trumpet.
“Music has been in my life since I was seven years old, when I first started playing the trumpet.” Harry was born and raised in Philadelphia and played first trumpet in the school orchestras at Pennypacker Elementary School and Wagner Junior High. Having won a music scholarship, Harry attended and graduated from the William Penn Charter School.
Wanting to follow in his Dad’s footsteps Harry entered Temple University as a pre-dental student, but he soon discovered his love for music was leading him to a career as an instrumental music teacher and he switched his major to music. The Korean War interrupted his college career. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and spent two years playing solo cornet in the 8th Army Honors Band having played at the Peace Camp at Pan Mun Jon, Korea. After his tour in Korea, Harry completed his bachelors and masters degrees at Temple University.
Harry started his public school teaching career at Conshohocken High School followed by teaching elementary instrumental music at Upper Moreland School District and then Wissahickon School District. He taught 38 years, retiring in 1993.
Harry has played in many orchestras and bands. He has played and been a member of the Montgomery Montgomery County Concert Band since its inception in 1995. One highlight of his performing career was playing trumpet with the Pittsburgh Symphony when they were in summer residence at the Temple Music Festival. For many years Harry has been the director of the Harmony Trumpeters Quartet which performs at wedding ceremonies and church services. He is very proud of the fact that two members of this quartet were students that he had started on the trumpet in 4th grade at Upper Moreland!
Harry is on the Alumni Board of the Boyer School of Music at Temple University and belongs to many patriotic and fraternal organizations. One event he attends every month is a luncheon date with 10 of his Penn Charter classmates – all of them now being 80 years old.
Harry and his wife, Joanne, live in Maple Glen where they have resided for 43 years. Joanne is an RN and office manager for a urology practice in Abington. They have two daughters. The older, Heidi, is a family practice physician in Blue Bell and their younger daughter, Gretchen, is an elementary teacher in the Upper Moreland School District. Harry and Joanne have two fine sons-in-law and four wonderful grandchildren.
Harry, the Montgomery County Concert Band salutes you for your devotion to and passion for music. Music enriched your life in many ways and you have enriched the band by being a part of our ensemble. We wish you many more years of making music.