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Strike Up the Band

About this Album

The CD of this album is available to purchase at ArkivMusic.

A critical success from the start, the Gershwins’ Strike Up the Band was far ahead of its time when it premiered in 1927. The story depicts a world of misguided businessmen, famous bureaucrats, and over-zealous patriots—all in a satiric fable about a US-Swiss war over the price of cheese. This new recording presents a landmark work of American musical theatre that, all these years since its debut, remains relevant today.


Conducted by John Mauceri

Jim Townsend: Brent Barrett
Horace J. Fletcher: Don Chastain
Joan Fletcher: Rebecca Luker
Timothy Harper: Jason Graae
Mrs. Draper: Beth Fowler
Colonel Holmes: Charles Goff
Anne Draper: Juliet Lambert
Spelvin/Gideon: Jeff Lyons
Soldier: Dale Sandish
Sloane: James Rocco

Chorus: Colleen Clausing, Joanna Glushak, Roxann Parker, Deborah Unger, soprano; Mary Lou Barber, Joyce Nolen, Wendy-Jo Vaughn, Shelley Wald, alto; Mark Agnes, Jack Doyle, Stephen Lehew, Kevin Ligon, tenor; Kevin Bailey, David Barron, Don Bradford, Joe Gustern, bass
Dancing Chorus: Kelli Barclay, Danielle DeCrette, Trisha Gorman, Joe Istre, Jimmy Kichler, Scott Willis

Violins: Suzanne Ornsten, concertmaster; Mineko Yajima, Mitchell Stern, Marilyn Reynolds, Martin Agee, Ann Leathers
Violas: Paul Cortese, Crystal Garner, Louis Martin, Sally Shumway
Cellos: Clay Ruede, Frederick Zlotkin
Bass: John Beal
Woodwinds: Laura Conwesser, John Moses, Seymour Red Press, Atsuko Sako, Les Scott, Al Regni, Ralph Olsen, John Campo, Robert Ingliss
French Horns: Sharon Moe, Ronald Sell
Trumpets: Peter Ecklund, John Frosk, David Gale
Trombone: Douglas Edelman, Jack Gale
Tuba: David Braynard, Stephen Johns
Euphonium: John Taylor
Banjo: Scott Kuney
Drums: John Redsecker
Percussion: Benjamin Herman, Beth Ravin
Harp: Susan Jolles

Produced by John McClure and Tommy Krasker
Recorded December 13-20, 1990 at BMG Studio A, New York City
Engineer: Paul Goodman
Assistant engineers: Vincent Caro and Sandy Palmer
Audio assistant: Susan Presson
Orchestra contractor: Ronald Sell
Chorus contractor: Joe Gustern
Production Supervisor: Mark Trent Goldberg
Restored by Tommy Krasker
Music preparation supervisors: Donald Oliver, Bob Holloway: Chelsea Music Service, Inc.
Orchestration by William D. Brohn, William Daly, Dick Hyman, Donald Johnson, Sid Ramin, Russell Warner, and Larry Wilcox
Vocal arrangements by Steven D. Bowen and Paul Trueblood
Tap choreography & solo dancing by Randy Skinner
Vocal Director: Paul Trueblood
Casting by Julie Hughes and Barry Moss

Music and Lyrics by George & Ira Gershwin

Art direction and design: John William Costa

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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