Walter N. Naglich
When Walter Naglich
first professional job, he
had one crucial task at the start of each appearance: finding a sturdy, empty wooden beer case to stand on.
couldn't reach the upper neck of his
That wasn't too surprising, for the year was 1943 and Walter
was still a bit shy of 11 years old when he
got that job with the Zora Orchestra of Large, Pennsylvania.
When Zora's singer/bass player Jovo Radujkovich found his
wartime steelmill job and was forced to miss some jobs, 'mali' Naglich
was invited to fill in.
joined full time shortly after World War II, when his
age added challenges -- too young to drive, he
sometimes traveled two hours or more on streetcars and buses to get to jobs.
In 1952, Walter, 19, joined Danny Kukich's Orchestra, the most popular tamburitza group in the tri-state area.
In the years following, Walter
made a number of moves, involving both geography and his
In 1967, the family moved back to Western Pennsylvania, where Walter accepted a bridge construction job.
A year later, he became musical director of the Versailles Junior Tamburitzans, and later the Greensburg Junior Tamburitzans.
Business again forced Walter
to cut back in 1978.
Seeking a warmer climate, Walter
decided to check out Southern California.
Seven years later, Walter is still playing with 'No Name' and now living in Oceanside, working as a senior engineering inspector for the city of Vista.
Last year, Walter
accepted a new challenge to record the music he
has played during his
After taking a college course to learn sound reproduction, he
used state of the art sound-on-sound technology to complete the first volume of songs, playing all instruments, with himself and son Danny singing.
plans to release volumes two and three this year.