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GLENVIEW CONCERT BAND TO HONOR MUSICIAN DICK SCHORY AT A
TRIBUTE CONCERT

GLENVIEW, ILLINOIS – The Glenview Concert Band, a community band that is a Glenview Park District program, will honor a long-time Glenview resident and former assistant conductor of the band, Richard “Dick” Schory, in a tribute concert on March 17, 2024, at 3:00 p.m., at the Winnetka Covenant Church in Winnetka, Illinois. Dick Schory is well known in the percussion world, but he is also a composer, arranger, conductor, music publisher, record and television producer, and instrument designer. He also held the position of Vice President of Ludwig Drum Company and was instrumental in growing the company and putting the drums into the hands of the Beatles and other famous musicians. Mr. Schory is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he played in many musical ensembles. When Mr. Schory’s tour of duty was up, he returned to Iowa State University and then transferred to Northwestern University, where he received a full scholarship and assistantship. He played in the marching band, chamber and symphony orchestras, concert band, wind ensemble, and jazz band. He also founded and conducted the percussion ensemble, the first of its kind, and wrote most of the music for the ensemble. In 1956, he founded his publishing company, Creative Music.

The Northwestern Percussion Ensemble evolved into the popular Percussion Pops Orchestra, a 22-piece ensemble which consisted of a big band plus several percussionists. Mr. Schory recorded his first album shortly after graduation, and the success of that recording got the attention of RCA Victor record label. RCA Victor invited Mr. Schory to join its label, after which Mr. Schory proceeded to record several albums with the Percussion Pops Orchestra. Mr. Schory’s 1960 album Horns A’ Plenty was his first Grammy nomination for Arranger of the Year. He was also nominated in 1961, 1962, and 1963. His 1970 recording, Dick Schory…Carnegie Hall, received a Grammy nomination for Best Live Recording of the Year.

Mr. Schory also started his own record label, Ovation, where he produced over 300 albums featuring such artists as Joe Morello, jazz flutist Paul Horn, the Count Basie Orchestra, and even a series of hit country music singles and albums by The Kendalls. He also established the Black Jazz record label with jazz pianist Gene Russell and produced 30 more albums. Mr. Schory played in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for many years. He was a long-time member of the Glenview Concert Band, including serving as an assistant conductor. The band has played many of his compositions and arrangements over the years. The program will consist of some of Mr. Schory’s arrangements and compositions, music from movies and musicals from many of Mr. Schory’s former collaborators, and Mr. Schory’s most-loved band compositions. Singers Moses Braxton and Leah Novak will also honor Mr. Schory as guest soloists with the band.

ABOUT THE GLENVIEW CONCERT BAND

Founded in 1985, the Glenview Concert Band has been entertaining residents of the Chicago suburbs for over three decades. The Glenview Concert Band is a community band comprised of volunteer adults throughout the Chicagoland area. The band is based in Glenview, Illinois, and performs concerts at a variety of venues around the northern suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. The Band is an adult leisure time activity sponsored by the Glenview Park District. For the majority of the band’s existence, the band was under the direction of Kenneth Bartosz until his passing in 2013. Today, Greg Wojcik is the Director of the band. Mr. Wojick was the director of bands at Glenbrook South High School until his retirement after over 37 years of teaching in Glenview.


We are actively recruiting new members!

Calling all percussionists, tubists, bassoonists, or any instrument really… we want you to be a part of the GCB family! Whether you’re currently performing with another ensemble or you haven’t picked up your instrument in the two decades since you graduated high school. Everyone is welcome!

The band has a long history of excellence and enjoys performing 8 – 10 times per year including performing for thousands prior to the Glenview 4th of July fireworks! Drop by during any Monday rehearsal and we’ll get you situated immediately. Join our mailing list (using the box at the bottom of the page) to get information about future rehearsals and performances.

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