Damrosch Institute of Musical Art
Mason City High School
Enjoyed first Broadway hit with "The Music Man"
Earned Academy Award nomination for score for Chaplin's "The Great Dictator"
Became musical director for NBC
Appointed conductor of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Was conductor of the New York Chamber Music Society
Joined the New York Philharmonic as a flutist
While attending music school in NYC, joined the John Philip Sousa Band as a flutist and piccolo player