Music: Emergency Meeter

For the past 35 years San Francisco has had a municipal band leader but no band. When a civic celebration calls for music, Director Phil Sapiro, 63, just drops in at the musicians' union clubrooms and persuades a few pinochle players to come along. He has blue uniforms and gold-lettered caps for the recruits, but seldom time for a rehearsal.

Last week Director Sapiro was lining up bandsmen for the biggest assignment of his career: the United Nations Conference. In his cubbyhole office (behind the City Hall elevator shaft) Phil Sapiro had carefully scored the anthems of each & every United Nation....

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