Personnel: Dick Schory (dir), Willis Charkovsky (p), Harold Siegel, John Frigo (b), Earl Backus (g, bjo), John Gray (g), Russell Crandall, Carol Baum (harp), Bobby Christian, Edward Metzenger Dale Anderson, Hubert Anderson, Frank Rullo, Bob Wessberg, Tom Davis, Jim Ross (perc)
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THE NEW PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE is the creation of Dick Schory, a uniquely talented young man to whom percussion has become a way of life (see cover). His group of twelve has been together almost two years.
Many divide their time between the Chicago Symphony and the top recording and broadcasting bands. Ed Metzenger, Reiners top timpanist, is considered a dean of the percussive art and started many in the group on their present careers. Dick Schory also appears with the Chicago Symphony, composes, conducts, has lecture tours, writes books, is advertising and educational director for Ludwig. The impressive thing ishe does these all at once.
01. National Emblem March (Arranged: Mike Simpson) 2:43
02. Baia (Arranged: Dick Schory and Willis Charkovsky) 2:31
03. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans (Arranged: Bobby Christian) 2:11
04. Ding Dong Polka (Composed and arranged: Willis Charkovsky) 2:35
05. April in Paris (Arranged: Mike Simpson) 3:06
06. Holiday in a Hurry (Composed and arranged: Skitch Henderson) 2:28
07. Buck Dance (Arranged: Mike Simpson) 2:30
08. Duel on the Skins (Composed and arranged: Bobby Christian
Drums: Frank Rullo & Bobby Christian) 3:22
09. September in the Rain (Arranged: Skitch Henderson) 2:33
10. Tiddley Winks (Composed and arranged: Willis Charkovsky) 1:50
11. The Sheik of Araby (Arranged: Bobby Christian) 2:37
12. Typee (Composed and arranged: Dick Schory & Bobby Christian) 3:32
Recorded in Orchestra Hall, Chicago, on June 2 & 3, 1958
The biggest battery of percussion west of Cape Canaveral
An approximate instrument inventory: