At the time of the author's observation of rehearsals and interviews with instrumentalists, the rosters of the leading orchestras mentioned in the book were as follows.
Donald York, Conductor
Jean Ingraham, Concertmistress
First Violin: Martha Caplin, Timothy Baker, Ronnie Bauch, Diane Bruce. Second Violin: L. P. How, principal; Carol Minor, Leonard Rivlin, Junko Ohtsu. Viola: Lois Martin, principal; Maryhelen Ewing, Michael Bloom. Cello: Chris Finckel, principal; Lindy Clark. Bass: John Feeney. Flute: Susan Palma, principal; Laura Conwesser. Oboe: Stephen Taylor, principal; Pamela Epple. Clarinet: Anand Devendra, principal; Dennis Smylie. Bassoon: Michael Finn, principal; Jane Taylor. French Horn: Robert Carlisle, principal; Stewart Rose. Trumpet: Edward Carroll, principal; Stephen Ametrano. Trombone: Jonathan Taylor, principal; David Titcomb, John Rojak. Contrabass Trombone: Thompson Hanks, Jr.Percussion: Richard Fitz, principal; Norm Freedman, Louis Odo, Benjamin Herman, William Moersch. Keyboard: Elizabeth Wright. Guitar: Frederic Hand. Harp: Susan Jolles.
Robert Irving, Music Director and Conductor in Chief
Hugo Fiorato, Principal Conductor
Gordon Boelzner, Assistant Music Director and Conductor
Lamar Alsop, Concertmaster
Alan Martin, Associate Concertmaster