Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Andrew Brady, 89, West Hi band legend

Ran variety show for 30 years

By Rebecca Goodman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

COLLEGE HILL - Andrew Joseph Brady produced "Bandwagon,"- the annual Western Hills High School variety show in which Rosemary and Betty Clooney sang before they turned professional.

Mr. Brady produced the show for 30 of the 32 years he was West Hi's band and orchestra director. Many other of his students went on to careers as performers, educators and even band and orchestra directors.

He retired in 1976, and the west-side school named its band room for him in 1995.

Mr. Brady, a resident of Bridgetown for 53 years, died Jan. 10 at Twin Towers in College Hill, where he had been living for two years. He was 89.

A native of Jonesboro, Ark., Mr. Brady received a bachelor's and a master's degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music after studying journalism at Arkansas State University for two years.

He took the job at West Hi in 1945 - just as World War II was drawing to a close. Under his direction, the band and orchestra won acclaim at many state competitions.

During the summers, Mr. Brady conducted youth bands at the Cheviot Westwood YMCA and the Andrew Brady Band at Cincinnati parks.

After he retired from West Hi, he became the organizer of talent for the Cheviot-Westwood Kiwanis annual Harvest Home Festival - a job he did for 20 years. Twice he and his wife of 60 years - Frances Feltz Brady, who died in 2001 - were grand marshals of the Harvest Home Parade.

Survivors include daughters, Patricia Brady of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Susan Stoeberl of St. Louis, Mo.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services have been held. Burial was at St. Joseph (new) Cemetery in Price Hill.

Memorials: Andrew Brady Gift Fund, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, c/o Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home, 3700 Glenmore Ave., Cincinnati, OH 4521; or Twin Towers, 5343 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45224.


E-mail rgoodman@enquirer.com

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