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GENUCHI, Ivan D. (1915 - 2011)
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Ivan D. Genuchi was well-known in Washington, D.C., Colorado Springs, and his home town of Bennet, Nebraska, as a gifted musician and choir director. Mr. Genuchi was one of the original members of the Air Force Band in Washington, where he held the position of Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of the band and tenor soloist in the highly acclaimed Singing Sergeants. With the band and chorus, Mr. Genuchi performed all over the world during World War II and the post-war years. He transferred to the Air Force Academy Band in 1959 during its formative years and retired from the Air Force in 1963. He is remembered as the tenor soloist with the Singing Sergeants' performance of The Lord's Prayer that was used by many television stations to start or end the broadcast day. Mr. Genuchi earned a BA from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in fine arts from Colorado College. Following his military career, he taught music at Air Academy High School and directed music for student productions such as The Music Man and Oklahoma. He also taught at Air Academy Junior High and Cheyenne Mountain High School, and had his own piano tuning business. As a church musician, Ivan first served as choir director at the First Methodist Church of Bradbury Heights in Washington, D.C. He directed the award-winning Protestant choirs at the Air Force Academy Community Chapel for many years. He later served as music director at First Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs, retiring from that position in 1986.