Monday, November 10, 2014
Music Friends Mourn the Passing of Nicholas Oppermann
Friends of Music mourn the passing of Nicholas Oppermann. With brother David, Nick started the New Reformation Dixieland in the 1970s. He played the banjo and sang with the band, which has released several CDs, filmed a PBS special, and performed at jazz festivals and with ensembles nationwide.ed nearly 20 CDs, filmed a PBS special, and traveled all over the nation playing jazz festivals, with symphony orchestras and aboard cruise ships.
Taken from his obituary, Nicholas Oppermann passed away peacefully Friday, November 7, 2014, at the age of 71 years. He was born March 5, 1943, to the late Peters and Martha (Smith) Oppermann. He was graduated from Arthur Hill High School in 1961 and later graduated from Northern Michigan University. He served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Nick was a founding member and lead vocalist of the New Reformation Band. He was employed by Ross Roy Advertising; Parker, Willox and Fairchild; The Sam Britton Organization; and McCann-Erickson. He was also employed as Executive Director of the Saginaw Bay Orchestra, Director of Public Relations and Instructor at Northwood University, and editor of the Township Times. He was a member of Lambda Sigma Fraternity and enjoyed reading, sailing, photography, and writing. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be planned for a later date. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider their favorite animal rescue organization.