Mon December 15, 2014
Have You Heard...Grassical Music?
The four DePue brothers (Wallace, Jason, Zack, and Alex) were raised on classical music, barbershop, and Bluegrass. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, today they’re juggling work at conventional ensembles - The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Philly Pops - with a family-based band specializing in a blend of classical and American grass roots music.
The four brothers have played together since the '80s, when they were awarded the Musical Family of America Award from President George H.W. Bush. About 10 years ago, when Jason and Zach were both new members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, the family band grew to include others, including guitarist Mark Cosgrove, and the Orchestra’s principal timpani Don Liuzzi.
BAND MEMBERS: Wallace DePue, Jason DePue, Don Liuzzi/Drums and Vocals; Mark Cosgrove/Guitar; Mike Munford/Banjo; Kevin MacConnell/Bass; Jordan Tice/Special Guest and Guitar, Tony Trischka/Special Guest and Banjo, Rodney Whittenberg/Guest Guitarist and Producer.
The DePue Brothers Band’s holiday CD, When It’s Christmas Time, was released last year.
Happy Holidays from WRTI!