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Marin Independent Journal
Sunday, December 30, 2001
Fred C. Rose,
Former Conductor and Music Director of the Oakland Municipal Band, passed away Friday, December 28th. A former resident of Novato, he was 85. Born in San Francisco, Fred began his long musical career in the Navy in the 1930s. During World War II, he served as Admiral "Bull" Halsey's bandmaster in the Pacific theater. Following a short stint in civilian life after the war, he enlisted in the Army where he eventually rose to become the Assistant Leader for the United States Army Band in Washington D.C. Upon leaving the Army in 1962, Fred moved to Marin and became the Director of Music for the San Rafael Military Academy. In that same year, Fred picked up the baton to lead the nationally recognized Oakland Municipal Band, a position he would hold for 26 years until his retirement in 1987. Fred and his wife, Katie, were credited with keeping the band together after Proposition 13 budget cuts eliminated most city support for the band in the late 1970s. Fred rounded out his musical career as Business Representative for the Musicians' Union Local 6. He also operated a piano restoration shop and gave private music lessons. Fred is survived by his stepson, Matt Lovett, daughter-in-law Olivia, and grandchildren Lauren and Caroline. Services are pending.
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