started playing trumpet and then switched to French
horn in high school. He has been switching back and
forth ever since. He has played in the community orchestra
and band, and also in the Muscatine Community College
Jazz Band before settling in with the Muscatine Symphony
Orchestra. From his youth he has loved orchestral
music; but his true love is the early modern jazz
of Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk.
Walter is an attorney and a former Iowa state legislator.
He is active in the Muscatine Sister Cities Association.
He married the former Kristine Meyer of Muscatine:
they have two grown sons.