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Edition 4 Vol. 8

The DTO News Record

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CELEBRATING 50 YEARS!!!

Take two high school kids , who were friends of many years, and introduce them to the "new kid" in the school and you have the core group of the Dick Tady Orchestra.

You have to go back 50 years, but what a journey it has been.  Dick Tady and good friend Joe Gill were two of West Deer High School's premier musicians and found a friend in a student who was transferred from a Pittsburgh city school, into the rural West Deer, PA area shcool.   Dick and Joe, Bob McBride would become the guitar player for what would be a journey from the high school gymnasium, playing school dances, to the Grammy's.

It didn't happen over night, it took many years to build, and build they did.  They would end up joining the Kenny Kron band with Dick taking over as leader when Kenny Kron retired from playing music.  The name was changed to the Dick Tady Orchestra and look out, here they come, and boy did they ever come!!!

The band played with it's main members, Dick Tady, Joe Gill, Bob McBride, John Alese and Cash Dapra (accordion) until 1972, when Cash Dapra decided to leave the band.  Who would fill the position?  None other than Tony Grandovic, who filled the spot and has been with the band ever since.

Over the years, the they have changed bass players for one reason or another, but in 2002, Ed Gould was called on to take over as the full-time bassist.  So, the core band has been together, writing playing and recording polka hits since 1963. 

The band has been celebrated many accomplishments along the way, not only in group recognition, but individually as well, but nothing can compare to the friendship and the bond that they have experienced over the 50 years.

Often talked about, if the DTO would sit down and write a book about their experiences, it would probably be the size of an encyclopedia set.  If you had to narrow it down to just the most memorable experience, it would size of a dictionary.

So, what keeps a band together this long?  I would have to say, mutual respect and friendship. 

Who knows how long this diversified group will play music?  I would say at this point, they will shoot for their 60th Anniversary.

 

 

 

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