At 81, Tommy has been playing bass in this orchestra for 65 years

September 15, 2017 by norman lebrecht


A new entrant for our exclusive list of longest serving orchestral players.

Tommy Zongker joined the double-bass section of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra when he was 16.

He’s still pulling the bow at 81.

Read here.



Comments (4)

  1. Alex Svensen (assistant principal bass, SSO in MA) says:

    The reference to the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in Massachusetts is a mistake. He must be a member of another Springfield Symphony Orchestra.


  2. Jeffrey Biegel says:

    He’s fabulous. We’ve worked together almost 20 out of those 65 years. Tommy is a legend!

  3. John Borstlap says:

    Beautiful story, like a very large fermate as a vault over his tenure.

  4. Bob says:

    Springfield Missouri

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