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All six members of THE ORCHESTRA were formerly ELO Part II with two of the six, Mik Kaminski (the famous "Blue Violin") and original arranger, conductor and keyboardist Louis Clark, dating back to the Electric Light Orchestra between years 1973 through the conclusion in 1986.
The former members of ELO and ELO Part II have toured domestically and internationally since 2001 as THE ORCHESTRA Starring Former Members of Electric Light Orchestra. By 2003, they started to become known as the "all time masters of symphonic rock" with their continuing use of strings, synthesizers and exquisitely layered vocals. For many people the "ELO sound" is as close as rock music fans will ever get to modern day classical music.
ELO hits from the band's first recordings through their last, in 1986, are the cornerstone of THE ORCHESTRA's repertoire, including Strange Magic, Do Ya, Don't Bring Me Down, Evil Woman, Livin' Thing, Turn to Stone, Sweet Talkin' Woman, Telephone Line, Ma-Ma-Ma Belle, Mr. Blue Sky and Roll Over Beethoven.
Members of THE ORCHESTRA:
Mik Kaminski – the famous blue violin player with the original ELO from September 1973 to 1986, then with ELO Part II from 1990 to 2001, and also as a founding member of THE ORCHESTRA in 2001.
Louis Clark – arranger, orchestral keyboards and conductor of symphony orchestra from 1973 and throughout the 70’s (as arranger in studio only) and from 1981 to 1986 (as performer), then with ELO Part II from 1988 to 2001, and also as a founding member of THE ORCHESTRA in 2001.
Eric Troyer – keyboard, guitar and co-lead vocalist with ELO Part II from January 1988 to 2001. Eric is also a founding member of THE ORCHESTRA since 2001.
Parthenon Huxley – lead guitar and co-lead vocalist with ELO Part II from November 1998 to 2001. Parthenon is also a founding member of THE ORCHESTRA since 2001.
Gordon Townsend – drummer with ELO Part II from January 2000 to 2001. Gordon is also a founding member of THE ORCHESTRA since 2001.
Glen Burtnik – bassist and co-lead vocalist (on some tours during ELO Part II years) and exclusively with THE ORCHESTRA from May 1998 to present.
Lou Clark – assistant arranger to his Dad, Louis Clark, with ELO Part II from 1995 to 2001. Member of THE ORCHESTRA since 2014.