Ralph Hermann

From Wind Repertory Project
Ralph Hermann


Ralph Hermann (9 February 1914, Milwaukee, Wisc. – 24 July 1994, Manhasset, N.Y.) was an American pianist and conductor.

Beyond his formal training at Northwestern University, Mr. Hermann is known to have studied in New York with Vittorio Giannini.

He was a skilled pianist, playing with Milwaukee area orchestras as a soloist and with many dance bands, while in high school. He went on to tour with the Tommy Dorsey orchestra. He then served in General Bradley’s 12th Army Orchestra in Germany as a pianist and arranger.

Hermann's post-military career included local and national positions with NBC and ABC where was the music director of the American Broadcasting Company, and the clarinetist under Toscanini with the NBC Orchestra. He won an Emmy Award for his Symphony No. 3, and was staff arranger for National Broadcasting Company. His award-winning compositions include over 60 works for wind band, as well as film scores, radio music, and jazz charts.

Works for Winds