Peanuts’ concertmaster has died, aged 96

Peanuts’ concertmaster has died, aged 96


norman lebrecht

December 19, 2016

Eugene Shepherd, concertmaster of the Santa Rosa Symphony for 33 years, was the regular tennis partner of the cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, originator of the Peanuts strip.

Schulz often engaged his characters in classical music discussions. Guess where he got the ideas?



Eugene Shepherd has died in Santa Rosa at the ripe old age of 96.


  • Anthony Martin says:

    Gene Shepherd founded the Santa Rosa Junior Symphony in the late 50’s. Generations of Sonoma County musicians played for him and enjoyed his opulent sound as concertmaster of the Santa Rosa Symphony. Before coming to Santa Rosa he had played in Henry Mancini’s orchestra, of which he was justly proud. RIP.

  • Gina Rankin says:

    Please celebrate my dad’s life at his memorial service, 12:00 January 7 Santa Rosa Bible Church. He now gets to listen to the most beautiful music in heaven for all eternity.