George Matrician, 80, Former Band Director
George Matrician, 80, of 229 Tenth St., Easton, formerly of Coaldale, died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1996, in the Easton Hospital. He was the husband of Amelia (Tomasovich) Matrician.
A band director at Easton Junior High School until retiring, he previously was the first band director at Panther Valley High School and band director at the former Coaldale High School.
Matrician began his teaching career at the former East Mauch Chunk High School, where he was its first full-time instructor of instrumental music, developing a 40-piece senior band, a junior band, a school band and inaugurating the first spring concert.
He composed the Coaldale and Panther Valley High School Alma Mater and wrote pep songs for both schools.
A graduate of Mansfield State Teachers College, he received his master's from Ithaca University, N.Y.
Born in Summit Hill, he was a son of the late John and Helen (Mlechick) Matrician.
He was a member of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Easton.
Matrician was a past president of the Eastern District of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and, in 1967, was cited by the Freedom Foundation, Valley Forge, for his work in promoting the American Way of Life. Many years ago, he directed the WPA (Works Progress Administration) Civic Symphony Orchestra and the Summit Hill American Legion band.
He was a 50-year member of Coaldale American Legion.
He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific and at Camp Croft, S.C., where he headed the Drum and Bugle school.
Survivors: Wife and sisters, Susan, wife of Emil Krazinski of Middletown, Helen McGuire of Jim Thorpe and Anna Solak and Mary Stival, both of Summit Hill.
Military graveside services: 1:30 p.m. today, Sky-View Memorial Park, Hometown. Call 10:30-11 a.m. today in the church.
Arrangements, August M. Gulla Funeral Home, 130 E. Ridge St., Coaldale.
The Morning Call, Allentown, PA, Friday, December 20, 1996