Harry W. Schneitzinger Sr., 76, music director, pianist

October 02, 1995|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Harry W. Schneitzinger Sr., music director and big-band pianist who played many of Baltimore's once-fashionable nightclubs, died Friday of a stroke. He was 76.

During the 1950s and 1960s, Mr. Schneitzinger, whose stage name was Harry Grey, played piano at Mardi Gras and Club Venus with such entertainers as the Four Tops, the Ink Spots, Frank Sinatra Jr. and Stevie Wonder.

He moved to Baltimore from his birthplace of Pennsylvania during World War II to serve in the Army Band at Fort Meade.

During that time, he also played piano on "Major Bowe's Original Amateur Hour," a popular radio program in the 1930s through World War II.

For more than 50 years while indulging his passion for playing piano, Mr. Schneitzinger held administrative day jobs at Young and Seldon stationers in Baltimore, Port City Press in Pikesville .. and Drydene Oil Co. in Baltimore. He lived in Parkville.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Evans Chapel of Memories, 8800 Harford Road, Parkville. Mr. Schneitzinger is survived by his wife, the former Elaine Pfisterer; two sons, Harry Jr. and Paul Sr.; and two grandsons.

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