Jack D. Martz Sr., 83, teacher, musician

July 11, 2006|By JACQUES KELLY | JACQUES KELLY,SUN REPORTER

Jack D. Martz Sr., a piano and organ player, a retired Baltimore County schools vocal music teacher and composer of the Baltimore Clippers ice hockey team's fight song, died of heart disease July 4 at his Timonium home. He was 83.

Born in Altoona, Pa., he was an Altoona Mirror photographer before enlisting in the Army in 1942 and serving as Gen. George S. Patton Jr.'s personal photographer in the Rhineland and the Ardennes during World War II.

After the war, he moved to Baltimore to use his GI Bill benefits to enroll at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the Johns Hopkins University, where he earned degrees. In 1959, he received a master's degree at what was then Western Maryland College.

Mr. Martz worked first for the Carroll County public school system and then in Baltimore County. He retired in 1980 from Randallstown Elementary School.

He also played piano and keyboard in local bands, including the Bill Maisel Orchestra, The Men of Note, The Debonaires, Zim Zemarel, Sentimental Journey, Savoy Bands, Ches Kellem and the Richard Anthony V Quartet.

"He was an excellent musician, diligent and an integral part of our group," said Morton Klasmer, director of the 25-member Goldenaires Orchestra, with which Mr. Martz played for many years.

Mr. Martz performed in and made musical arrangements for the annual Paint and Powder Club shows for 44 years and appeared in one of its acts, Bob Maslin's Uptown String Band. He wrote the pop songs "Marry Me," "Stargazer" and "Lavender," which was played in 1954 by the Ralph Fay Orchestra.

In 1962, to coincide with the opening of the Civic Center, he wrote the music for the Baltimore Clippers' fight song: "Win, you Baltimore Clippers/ Win, you Clippers from Baltimore./ Fight, you Baltimore Clippers/ Face off!/ Fight for a Baltimore score." Winifred Davis wrote the lyrics.

Mr. Martz also volunteered weekly for Gene Nardone's band and played for patients at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, the Masonic home at Bonnie Blink and at Roland Park Place.

A Mason, he was a member of the Scottish Rite and Boumi Temple, where he played.

Services were held yesterday at Timonium United Methodist Church, where he had been a longtime member and had directed its choir.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, the former Elizabeth Ann Spittel; three sons, Duane Martz of Fallston, Ronald Martz of Limerick, Pa., and Robert Martz of Melbourne, Australia; two daughters, Karen Brady of Newark, Del., and Beverly Martz of Shrewsbury, Pa.; and nine grandchildren.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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