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Happy Birthday To Pleasantville’s Norman Leyden

Norman Leyden turns 96 on Thursday.
Norman Leyden turns 96 on Thursday. Photo Credit:

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Pleasantville’s Norman Leyden.

Leyden, who owns a house in Pleasantville, turns 96 on Thursday. The conductor, composer and musician was born Oct. 17, 1917, in Springfield, Massachusetts.

He has worked in films and television and is perhaps best known as the conductor of the Oregon Symphony Pops orchestra.

In 1943, Leyden composed the theme music for the wartime radio series "I Sustain the Wings" with Glenn Miller, Chummy MacGregor, and Bill Meyers. The radio program ran from 1943 to 1944. Leyden also arranged for the reorganized Glenn Miller Orchestra of Tex Beneke. In August 2000, he led the Air Force Falconaires of the Air Force Band of the Rockies in a PBS television special, "Glenn Miller's Last Flight".

Leyden was the recipient of the Oregon Governor's Arts Award, 1991.

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