- Walter G. Simmons
(b Philadelphia, June 6, 1915; d Philadelphia, Aug 14, 1987). American composer, educator and pianist. At the age of five he enrolled in the Combs Conservatory (Philadelphia), where he studied the piano, organ and double bass; he also studied theory and composition with Russell King Miller, his most influential teacher. While in high school, he acquired professional experience performing on the radio, in churches and in recital. After graduating from Combs (BMus ...