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This profile was last updated on 2/14/09  and contains information from public web pages.

Musical Director

Versailles Junior Tamburitzans

Employment History

  • Western Pennsylvania
  • Danny Kukich
Web References
TAA Hall of Famer, 14 Feb 2009 [cached]
Walter N. Naglich
When Walter Naglich began his first professional job, he recalls, he had one crucial task at the start of each appearance: finding a sturdy, empty wooden beer case to stand on. Otherwise he couldn't reach the upper neck of his bass. 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. He joined full time shortly after World War II, when his father retired. Again, 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 music:
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 long career. 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. He plans to release volumes two and three this year.
Links, 15 Feb 2008 [cached]
Walter Naglich - Strings and Instrument Repair
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