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