Percussion Legend Dick Schory Conducts the United States Air Force Band In a Rare Musical Experience

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Tuesday, November 10 at 7:00pm, the walls of the Glenbrook South High School Auditorium will reverberate with sounds most audiences have heard only on the radio. High school musicians--and the community at large--are invited to celebrate musical excellence in the combined talents of two American greats. Dick Schory and the Percussion Pops Orchestra will join the United States Air Force Academy Band Falconaires to perform a rousing Veterans Day concert, in honor of all US Military Personnel and Veterans. The evening's program is FREE and will include the following selections (subject to change): Big Band Jazz from the Rockies led by Master Sergeant Scott E. Crump, America the Beautiful, God Bless America, and a patriotic joint-band finale of Stars and Stripes Forever.

According to Glenbrook South Marching Band Director Greg Wojcik, "This is a rare opportunity for students to learn and play alongside some of the world's most distinguished musicians." The Glenview Concert Band and Symphonic Winds from Glenbrook North and South High Schools will participate in pre-concert clinics and open rehearsals on Monday, November 9, before performing with Schory and the Air Force Band on Tuesday. Two in-school Assembly Programs are also planned for students and faculty on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 10th. The rehearsals and Tuesday night concert will be recorded for use in a television documentary.

Dick Schory and his Percussion Pops Orchestra began in 1955 as the Northwestern University Percussion Ensemble. Schory has worked closely with and was influenced by noted composers and arrangers, including Henry Mancini (film scoring), Earl Hagen (television), and Irwin Kostal (Broadway musicals and films). His work as a distinguished percussionist, composer, and conductor moved The Percussion Pops Orchestra to international acclaim, including 16 albums and a 15-year run of coast-to-coast concert tours, from the Hollywood Bowl to Carnegie Hall. Although instrumentation has evolved, the ensemble continues to influence popular music culture with its combination of classic, jazz, Broadway and Hollywood styles. Today the orchestra consists of 20 musicians playing over 200 brass, woodwind, string and percussion instruments.

Dick Schory also played four years in the 702nd Air Force Strategic Air Command Band stationed in Omaha, Nebraska--thus his connection to the Falconaires. He is a member of the retired Air Force Musicians Association and received the prestigious Outstanding Airman Award.

The Veterans Day Concert is FREE and will take place at the Glenbrook South High School Norman E. Watson Auditorium, located at 4000 W. Lake Avenue, Glenview, IL 60026. For more information, contact Ms. Cindy Franz at Glenbrook South Music Department at 847-486-4432.

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