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Bud Herseth: Farewell

Posted at 8:39 AM on April 15, 2013 by John Birge (2 Comments)

Bud Herseth died Saturday, age 91. He spent 53 of those years as first trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. When Bud retired from the CSO in 2001, I spoke to him about his career for NPR's Morning Edition. Hear the amazing life story of this legendary musician from Lake Park, Minnesota:



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Bud might have been born in Lake Park, but he called Bertha, MN home. He often return to play for the high school students there. I hope they appreciated him as much as he appreciated his Minnesota roots. He was down to earth and kind. He did not like modern music and told me he arranged to be giving lessons in another country when "new music" was on the program for the CSO. He was a wonderful musician and a great guy.

Posted by Jane Hovland | April 15, 2013 10:29 AM


Thanks Jane! Yes, Bertha was where he grew up, and that's mentioned near the end of the piece when he talks about meeting his wife in grade school band. I did not have time to mention that he also went to Luther College (as a math major, if memory serves...)

Posted by John Birge | April 15, 2013 2:20 PM