Eugene Vacher


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EUGENE DeBAC VACHER –Gene was born in San Diego, raised on a rural El Cajon citrus ranch. His musical life began at age 10 with a mail-order cornet and mail-order lessons. He played professionally in San Diego concert and dance bands as well as eight years with the San Diego Civic Symphony and also taught music in local schools. He entered the U.S. Army and served as a Bandmaster in the U.S., Korea, France and Germany. Gene retired in 1965 as a Chief Warrant Officer having served as Assistant of Chief of Bands for U.S. Army, Europe. Gene was involved in reactivating the San Diego City Guard Band serving as Bandmaster until 2008. During those years he continued teaching and playing with  and conducting the mandolin orchestra.

Gene was featured in a segment of Ken Kramer's "About San Diego"