Orchestra performs for 100th birthday

David “Taffy” Wakser celebrated his 100th birthday on April 13, with a performance by the Cleveland Suburban Orchestra, where he was a member for 43 years. The orchestra surprised him in the lobby of his apartment building with the performance. Taffy grew up in Cleveland and received the nickname when children couldn’t pronounce his Jewish name, Tevye. As a child he enjoyed playing the trumpet, which became an integral part of his life. It paid his way through college at The Ohio State University by playing in dance bands at night. He earned a master’s degree in music, while being an active member of the OSU marching band. After graduation, he taught music at OSU and then at Otterbein College in Westerville. He returned to Cleveland and became part of the family business with his father and two brothers, where they developed shopping centers, apartment buildings, houses and public works throughout the country. Wakser and his childhood sweetheart, Mollie, who died 22 years ago, have three children. He is a member of B’nai Jeshurun Congregation in Pepper Pike.