Solano Winds musician broke glass ceiling in military band

By From page B1 | March 07, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Solano Winds clarinet player Rose Aron was a trailblazer in the United States Army. Stationed at Germany, she was the first female musician in the 1st Armored Division Band in the mid-1970s.

Aron was an Army medic and got wind that the band needed a clarinet player. Aron pleaded her case before the general, emphasizing that it would be a good public relations move. When she left the band three years later, another four females were in the band.

Aron joined the Solano Winds about seven years ago, after being encouraged by close friend Candis Hanson, who plays oboe and English horn with the group.

Her husband, Bill Aron, who plays oboe, came on board later. The two met in the Army band when both were stationed in Germany.

It had been about 30 years since she had played, but Aron quickly found her comfort zone and has found her niche in the second clarinet chair.

Aron picked up clarinet in the fourth grade. She was living in Michigan.

“It was either band or sports,” she said. “I wasn’t a jock.”

An instrument was a natural progression since she was already singing with her church choir.

Music is a big part of her life as Aron is also a member of the Community United Methodist choir and director of its bell choir, the Wesleyan Ringers.

She taught herself to play the oboe so she could travel with the Army jazz band to a jazz festival in Finland. She was the only female musician at the event, she said.

Her favorite composer is John Williams, who did the score for “Star Wars” and several other Hollywood blockbusters.

“I like movie music,” she said. “It’s something I can connect to.”

Williams’ music will be featured in a compilation piece at the March 14 Solano Winds show.

Aron plans on playing with the Solano Winds as long as her fingers keep working, she said.

She will be heard on many of the tunes at the upcoming Winds show, “On the Jukebox: Popular Music Through the Ages.”

Marches from John N. Klohr and Henry Fillmore will open the two halves of the program. Other selections include Clare Grundman’s “American Folk Rhapsody No. 4,” works from Scott Joplin and Glenn Miller.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

 Solano Winds Community Concert Band
“On the Jukebox: Popular Music Through the Ages”
8 p.m. March 14
Fairfield Center for Creative Arts, 1035 Texas St.







Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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