Follow Us On:
Follow Us On:
David and daughter Karen-McBoat Photography
David Zauder was featured as the cornet Soloist on this album with Loren Maazel.

The above photos in top to bottom order;                      TOP: Lorin Maazel hailed David Zauder as Cornet soloist in Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet.                      MIDDLE: Front Jacket Cover of the Record.             BOTTOM: Ryan Anthony; "Your words and music will never retire! I promise! Ryan Anthony"

David Zauder on June 7th, 2010 with his Grand daughter Shannah Rose Brass and Grandson Adam Gabriel Brass.

Below is Ryan Anthony with David Zauder on a family Celebration on July 1st, 2011.


Leonard B. Smith with David Zauder in the photo, courtesy of Nancy Mack, and DZ with his student, Ryan Anthony.

"Standupster ©"

At the close of the  Cleveland Orchestra's 1996-1997 concert season, David Zauder retired after 39 years as a cornet and trumpet player. He holds the distinction of having the longest tenure of any trupeter in the Orchestra's history. In December of 1996,  Zauder stepped down as the Orchestra's Personnel Manager, a post he held for 25 seasons, after serving as Assistant Personnel Manager from 1960-71. "Overstating the impact David Zauder has had on The Cleveland Orchestra would be impossible,..." wrote Executive Director, Thomas W. Morris in May 1997. "His attention to detail, always within an unwavering artistic perspective, is legendary." David Zauder joined The Cleveland Orchestra in 1958. Ten years later, he was appointed by Conductor George Szell as principal cornet, a post he held concurrently with his duties as trumpeter and his personnel management position, as well as soloist. In 1989, the principal cornet position was permanently endowed by a generous gift from Mary Elizabeth and G. Robert Klein.

     Zauder arrived in Detroit after his immigration, following his survival of the Holocaust, to be with his Mother's Sister and live with her oldest Daughter, Lil and Harry Markle and their family from May 1946-48. He promptly took up the trumpet and subsequently played solo cornet with the famed Detroit Concert Band under the direction of Leonard B. Smith, who tutored him on trumpet playing, as well as the English language. Zauder also studied with Harry Glantz in New York, served as first trumpet for the New York Military Academy, and later enlisted in the United States Army and served 4 years at West Point. After his honorable discharge, and his becoming an American Citizen, he performed two seasons as first trumpet with the Boston Pops under Arthur Fiedler. In addition, he played for Broadway shows, television studios, and completed commercial recordings. During his tenure with The Cleveland Orchestra, David Zauder earned degrees in business administration and humanities from Case Western Reserve University and he served on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music from 1978-1995. He helped many students, one of whom is Ryan Anthony, who currently holds the principal trumpet position with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and continues to strive to share what he learned from Zauder. Zauder appeared as soloist with the Orchestra on several occasions, most recently for the Opening Night Celebration concert in 1996. He was also the featured soloist in twenty concerts with the Blossom Festival Concert Band, an organization for which he was the spiritual leader, since its inception in 1968. David Zauder was given the 1997 Distinguished Service Award by The Musical Arts Association in Cleveland during their Opening Night Celebration. In retirement, he has continued to share his experience and expertise with others, presenting a seminar on artistic and administrative issues for The New World Symphony. In 2007 he moved in with his daughter, Karen Z. Brass and her husband David S. Brass and their two children, in Colorado.


David Zauder, is the Father of Karen Z. Brass, and a Holocaust Survivor. He was born in Krakow, Poland, in 1928 or 1931; we don't have his birth certificate, as it was destroyed by the Nazis, but their documentation has both birth years listed differently on multiple forms. He was in the Krakow Ghetto, Plazscow Work Camp and Auschwitz Death Camp, Flossenberg and Sachenhousen Concentration Camps and the Death March out of Auschwitz. He arrived in America on May 20th, 1946, on the first boat with refugees, the Army transfer boat named the Marine Flasher.