David Zauder passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at 1:38 a.m. with his loving family by his side.
He is survived by his daughter, Karen Zauder Brass, her husband, David S. Brass, and their two children, Shannah and Adam; his son, Karl Zauder, and Karl's daughter, Kaylee Zauder.
Born in Krakow, Poland, and terrorized by the Nazi movement through his experiences in the Holocaust, David Zauder promised his father when he was on his death bed in the Plaszow Concentration Camp that he would survive and bear witness to the atrocities done to his family and all other victims who were affected by Nazi slavery. He promised that he would travel to America to contribute something worthwhile to the world and have religious freedom. After the war, he had his passage arranged to America, by his mother's sister, Aunt Anna Lucks-Holtz of Detroit, Mich., and he gratefully moved in with her oldest daughter, Lillian Markle and her family.
He attended the New York Military Academy on a full-ride scholarship for his trumpet playing, graduated at the top of his class and then enlisted and served in the U.S. Army
, stationed at West Point.
David Zauder was successful in playing the trumpet under Leonard B. Smith's expert tutelage and earned the position of first trumpet with the Boston Pops, then joined the Cleveland Orchestra as its first cornet and second trumpet. After earning his graduate degrees in humanities and business administration at Case Western Reserve University, while playing with the orchestra full time, he then served as their personnel manager for 30-plus years, and played in their brass section for 39 years. He was the longest-tenured trumpet player, to date, in the orchestra's history.
He received many honors over the years but none more important to him than the honor of the Cleveland Orchestra's Distinguished Service Award. David also served on the faculty staff of the Cleveland Institute of Music from 1978-1995. He was the featured solo artist in 20 concerts at Blossom Music Center during the Blossom Festival Concert Band Fourth of July Concerts, as he was the band's spiritual leader, since its conception in 1968.
After retirement, in 2007, he made the move to Colorado to live with his daughter and her family. David Zauder was an amazing musician, a good friend, a teacher and mentor, a man with a very high work ethic and extreme professional commitment, a faithful father, and a strong, constant and loving GrandDad. We will all miss him very much, for many reasons of our own, and we all share in common that he touched our lives deeply.
He wished to honor you by sharing his story of survival and personal growth through the book "I Am a Standupster," written by his daughter.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to www.standupsters.com
in support of his daughter's Holocaust Awareness and anti-bullying educational program.
A memorial service, with a luncheon to follow, will be held Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at 11 a.m. at 2981 Bergen Peak Drive in Evergreen, behind the Life Care Center.