Ronnie Waters

Ronnie Waters

1934 -


Interview Length: 48 minutes

Interview Date: September 15, 2009

Interview Location: WHBG Channel 20, 223 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, PA




Born in Harrisburg, Ronnie Waters' childhood memories revolved around music. After attending Allison Elementary School and Edison Junior High, Waters graduated from John Harris High in 1952, where he was a member of the marching and symphonic winds bands. He remembers going to Caplan's Department Store to buy jazz records and seeing the great jazz artists - Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Dizzy Gillespie - when they played at the Forum or State Theater. After attending the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Waters joined the Army and served as dance band director of the 427th Army Band in Europe. Since 1983, Waters has organized and conducted the Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz Youth All-Star Band.