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The DePue Brothers Band: Bio

The DePue Brothers Band encompasses a vivid blend of bluegrass, classical, and rock genres. This musically iconic family from Bowling Green, Ohio has been making music together for over 30 years. They were named "Musical Family of America" in 1989 by presidential decree, were the subject of a nationally televised PBS documentary in 1993, and two of the brothers, Jason and Zach, were featured in the film documentary Music from the Inside Out in 2005.

Each of the four DePue brothers is a classical virtuoso in his own right, bringing rich and diverse talents to their sound. The brothers created their first album, Classical Grass in 2003, which sold out of its first printing.  Coming together with Tony Trischka, Mark Cosgrove, Don Liuzzi, and later Mike Munford, and Kevin MacConnell,  the band began performing and recording in 2004. Their band album released in 2010, Weapons of Grass Construction, incorporates a progressive mix of genres and gives a direct nod to their bluegrass tradition and their classical training while adding a deeper infusion of rock and blues.  Hal Real, Founder of World Café Live, says "This band of brothers, and symphonic friends, gives real meaning to the phrase ‘progressive bluegrass,' bending genres while delivering a powerful mix of classical chops, blazing bluegrass, and rock and roll."

Wallace DePue, who is assistant concertmaster of The Philly POPS and has performed as an extra violinist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, received his Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in Violin Performance from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. He served as assistant principle of the Austin Lyric Opera Company from 2000-2006 and as Assistant Concertmaster and Concertmaster of the Star Wars in Concert Orchestra in 2009 and 2010. In addition to performing, Wallace is the owner of "Concert Instruments" (concertinstruments.com), a highly respected string repair business. He is also the inventor of "Bow Block ®", a unique extension of a stringed instrument that offers an exciting percussive 3rd dimension to aspiring and progressive-minded violinists, violists, cellists, and double bassists in ALL fields of musical genres.

Jason DePue, who plays violin, viola and mandolin, is in his 14th season as a member of the First Violin Section of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Playing violin throughout his life, he attended Encore School for Strings and the Curtis Institute of Music. Throughout his education his principal violin teachers were William de Pasquale, David Cerone, Vasile Beluska, and Boris Brant. In furthering the art of violin playing, he has performed live recitals of the Paganini 24 Caprices as well as the Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin by J.S. Bach. He is formerly the Concertmaster of the New York String Seminar.

Zachary DePue, Concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. Formerly a first violinist with The Philadelphia Orchestra he is a founding member of the classically trained garage band/trio Time for Three.  

Alex DePue, who appears as a guest soloist with orchestras and at festivals worldwide, began studying classical violin at age five and won his first university-level competition at age 10. At age 14, he won a competition that entitled him to perform at Carnegie Hall as Concertmaster for the National Guild Youth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Joseph Silverstein. Throughout his life, he has continued to win competitions.

Despite his classical training, Alex became interested in fiddling at age seven and began competing in "fiddle" contests. He has placed first in multiple National Fiddling Championships and has also served as a judge at the National Oldtime Fiddling Championship in Weisser, ID. He toured as Musical Director and Fiddler with Capitol Recording artist Chris Cagle from 2000-2006 and their re-runs still regularly appear on the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Television, Great American Country and VH1 Country. In 2011, Alex DePue launched "The DePue Brothers' International Fiddle Competition" to benefit his home town's music programs through Bowling Green, Ohio City Schools. With a background in classical violin, fiddling and rock; as well as his ability to play not only the violin but also the viola, mandolin, guitar, bass, drums and piano, Alex is an artist who can produce any style of music.

Don Liuzzi is the principal timpanist of The Philadelphia Orchestra (in his 25th season), and a Yamaha Artist. He teaches at the Curtis Institute of Music, plays in Philorch Jazz, POPG percussion group, and has a solo percussion and chamber music CD release Movement in Time, on Equilibrium Records. He also conducts the Philadelphia All City High School Orchestra, and is the founding conductor of the Curtis 20/21 New Music Ensemble.

Mark Cosgrove has one of the most distinctive and creative Flat-picking guitar sounds on the scene today. He is known and respected on both sides of the Atlantic for both his solo work and as a sideman and session player for Jerry Douglas and others. He has won the US National Flat-picking Guitar Championship in Winfield, KS, and the Doc Watson Guitar Championship in Wilkesboro, NC. Mark is a regular with the David Bromberg Band.

Mike Munford is honored to have been named the 2013 Banjo Musician of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. He was raised in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area and has been performing professionally for over 35 years. In addition to the DePue Brothers Band, he currently tours with Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen. He has recorded and performed with Peter Rowan on the Grammy-nominated album Bluegrass Boy and has toured with Tony Trischka for his "Double Banjo Spectacular" show. Mike has also been on three U.S. State Department tours to Central Asia with an earlier D.C based band, and has most recently toured again with Peter Rowan throughout Australia & Japan. Mike's banjo style is a true blend of traditional and contemporary in the Trischka/Fleck model, but he brings his own grace and fluidity into his unique style of banjoing.

Kevin MacConnell has lived in the Philadelphia area since 1982 and has been performing with the DePue Brothers since 2007. He has performed with jazz greats Mel Torme, Nancy Wilson, Billy Eckstine, and Joe Williams as well as a wide variety of other international performers such as, Natalie Cole, Marilyn McCoo, Diahann Carroll, Merv Griffin, and opera diva Denyce Graves. He has performed and recorded with tenor saxophonist Earnie Watts and local jazz legends Larry McKenna and Tony Miceli, with whom he performs regularly. He is a member of The Jōst Project, who interpret classic rock in a jazz format. No stranger to the classical scene, Kevin has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and many classical ensembles in and around the area. Kevin has also spent a significant amount of time in the theaters of Philadelphia, where he had the opportunity to work with the late Cy Coleman on his last show, "The Great Ostrovsky." Kevin also performs on occasion with Mark Cosgrove's band, Good Medicine.

The DePue Brothers Band

When It's Christmas Time

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1 Sleigh Ride
2 Pat a Pan
3 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
4 Banjo Medley
5 Linus and Lucy
6 Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
7 When It's Christmas Time
8 Ding Dong
9 Good King Wenceslas
10 The Christmas Song
11 Fat Man
12 Winter Wonderland
13 O Holy Night
14 Ave Maria
DePue Brothers Band - Banjo Medley
DePue Brothers Band - Good King Wenceslas
The DePue Brothers - Ashokan Farewell, by Jay Ungar

When the DePue Brothers were growing up in Bowling Green, Ohio, their house was always filled with music, especially during the holiday season.  Each year, their dad, Dr. Wallace DePue, Sr., who was music professor at Bowling Green University, would write a new Christmas carol as his holiday gift.  One, written in 1990, is called "When It's Christmas Time" and is the title of their new CD being released for the 2013 Christmas season.  The brothers -- Wallace Jr., Alex, Jason and Zach -- who are all classically trained violinists and have performed with the most prestigious musical organizations including The Philadelphia Orchestra, are proud to dedicate their CD to their dad.  Continuing their dad's tradition of sharing holiday music with family and friends, the DePue Brothers Band has put their own signature on their dad's carol with Alex's new arrangement and by enriching these holiday classic carols with adistinctive bluegrass, jazz, and classical groove.

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