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Arthur Schmersal, former music director of the Baltimore Colts Marching Band, dies

Arthur Schmersal, former music director of the Baltimore Colts Marching Band, dies

Arthur H. Schmersal, a retired Baltimore County high school music teacher who had served as music director of the old Baltimore Colts Marching Band, died of cancer Oct. 12 at the Bob Hooper Hospice House. He was 82 and lived in the Phoenix area of Baltimore County.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Parkville, he was the son of Henry A. Schmersal, a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad engineer, and his wife, Catherine Wildberger, who ran a confectionery store.

He graduated from Towson High School in 1953, then obtained both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

While a student at Peabody, he met Charlotte Fowble, and they later...

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