PLAINFIELD — The Hendricks Symphonic Society is receiving an endowment from one of its own.
Ann Heinrich, once a professional violinist with the Indianapolis Symphonic Orchestra, has been involved with the Hendricks Symphonic Society for five years.
She began a scholarship fund in 1997, honoring two people — her daughter’s fiancé, Jim Smith, a trumpet player, and her first husband, Robert E. Day, who died in 2001.
Smith was a professional trumpet player in the Indianapolis area and a dear friend of the Day family. He performed regularly with groups like the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony. Prior to coming to Indianapolis in the early 1990s, he taught trumpet at the University of Texas. He had a masters in trumpet performance from North Texas State University, an artist’s diploma from the Mozarteum Salsburg, and a degree from the Carl Orf Institute.
Day was involved with the trumpet since grade school. He played in the school band and took lessons from Louie Ruth, who was third trumpet in the Indianapolis Symphony.
He graduated from Warren Central High School in 1947. From 1947 to ‘51 he was at Indiana University working on a bachelor degree in of music.
From 1951 to ‘54 he was in the U.S. Army. After he was discharged, he did a year’s tour with the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus Band. After the tour, he went to the Manhattan School of Music to work on a master’s degree (1955-’56).
In 1956 he returned home to Indianapolis and played in the Indianapolis Philharmonic through ‘57. In 1958 he toured with the New York City Center Ballet Company. When he returned, he became third trumpet in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (his first teacher’s position), and continued in that chair until his retirement in 1991. The summer of 1959 brought a tour with a rodeo band, and he continued to play rodeos in Indianapolis for many years. He also played Starlight Musicals for 11 years.