- William Berz
(b Cincinnati, OH, 26 Nov 1889; d Cincinnati, OH, 28 Jan 1967). American conductor and cornet virtuoso. Simon began cornet studies at age 11, and continued, in 1905, with herman Bellstedt, the famous cornetist. By 1909 Simon was cornet soloist with several professional bands and a member of the Cincinnati SO under Leopold Stokowski. In 1914, he was invited to join the Sousa Band without an audition, becoming solo cornetist and assistant conductor in 1917 when Herbert L. Clarke retired. In 1920–21 Simon formed the ARMCO Band; it evolved from an amateur group to an elite professional ensemble that presented weekly national broadcasts on NBC radio. In 1930, Simon began serving as band director and cornet instructor at the Cincinnati Conservatory. He retired in 1954 and moved to Arizona for health reasons and began teaching part-time at the University of Arizona. He returned to Cincinnati in 1965 and again taught at the Conservatory....