The Pied Pipers2018-12-11T17:37:38+00:00

DREAM

Dream is the Pied Piper’s theme song, In 1945, Dream was the 1st Gold Record for the Pied Pipers and for Capitol Records, Dream was written by Johnny Mercer.

The Pied Pipers

The Pied Pipers officially joined The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in January 1940,  just before Frank Sinatra, it was the new voicing of the band. Both Sinatra and the Pied Pipers made their recording debut with the Dorsey Orchestra on February 1, 1940.

Much of the success of the Pied Pipers is due to their distinctive modern harmony and phrasing which prompted Paul Weston to state that,” the Pied Pipers were truly ahead of their time.”

In April 1940, the Dorsey Orchestra combined with the historic pairing of Frank Sinatra and the Pied Pipers struck gold with their song ” I’ll Never Smile Again.” It was a hit for 15 weeks and remained on the charts for an additional 25 weeks. This memorable song was the very first hit for Frank and the Pied Pipers. Many more hits followed such as… This Love of Mine, There Are Such Things, Oh, Look at Me Now, Stardust, The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else, Let’s Get Away From It All and Put Your Dreams Away for Another Day, which later became Sinatra’s theme song.

Sy Oliver was probably one of the most distinguished orchestra-tor’s of the Dorsey era and Big Band Jazz. He wrote many hits for the Pied Pipers, two of which became their signature songs… What Can I Say After I Say I’m Sorry and On the Sunny Side of the Street

The Pied Pipers made several movies during this magical time, including Sinatra’s first, Las Vegas Nights. The other movies followed within the next three years entitled, Ship Ahoy, Dewberry Was a Lady and Reveille with Beverly, featuring the hit song Night and Day.

The Pied Pipers left Dorsey to join Johnny Mercer, he was the greatest lyricist of the day and founder of a new record company in Hollywood, Capital Records. The Pied Pipers were the first artists to sign with Capital Records and collectively made music history by recording their first gold record,” Dream.”

From 1945 to 1946 the Quartet took part in a series of national Theatre tours with Frank Sinatra. They then became a second-billed attraction on Sinatra’s CBS radio show and later were regulars on Sinatra’s TV series, “Your Hit Parade.” Many radio and television appearances followed over the years including Johnny Mercer’s radio show “Chesterfield Music Shop ” which use the Pied Pipers biggest hit “Dream” as the closing theme.

In the mid 1940’s the Pied Pipers won awards from Down Beat Magazine for 7 straight year’s as the best and most popular vocal group of the year. The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001.

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MEET THE PIED PIPERS

Nancy Knorr

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Nancy was fortunate, in that, as a child she was exposed to some of the finest music in the country. She’s from a family of musicians who have performed with all of the “Big Bands” and musical greats. Greats that made American history with their music.

At the young age of 12, Nancy was with the world-renowned Pittsburgh Youth Orchestra. As a classically trained violinist, she attended West Virginia University School of Music and continued in education and performance at St. Louis University.

Nancy performed with the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra and many other chamber groups over the years. She has been featured on studio work as an instrumentalist. She has also been featured as a vocalist on recordings and commercials. She has also performed voice-overs and worked in the fashion industry. Nancy, was a model as well.

In addition to her varied achievements, Nancy has had a noted singing career performing throughout the country with artists and luminaries of the American Music Industry. Her talents have complimented the Jimmy Dorsey OrchestraTM for three (3) decades as their featured vocalist. She has performed occasional engagements with Tex Beneke , Nelson Riddle, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Clambake Seven, and many others.

Nancy’s incredible talent as a soloist and her love of close harmony as a group singer is evident in the success of the American Vocal Legends, “The Pied PipersTM” where she has been the lead singer since 1983. The Pied PipersTM have continued to be the premier Vocal Group in the country today and inducted into the “Vocal Group Hall of Fame” in 2001

Nancy has continued her successful business and musical career creating productions in the elegance and style of the 1940’s ‘Great American Songbook’. These Productions feature the Jimmy Dorsey OrchestraTM conducted by: David Pruyn, vocalist Michele James Pruyn and the legendary vocal group, The Pied PipersTM featuring Nancy Knorr.

Don Lucas

Don migrated to Hollywood from Boston, Massachusetts after a two year international tour with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, as lead vocalist , opening for American luminaries such as Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney, Teresa Brewer, and Jerry Vale. He has sung with Barbra Streisand, on her farewell tour, with Frankie Valley as a Four Season and with Loretta “hot lips” Sweat in Songs of Singapore. Don performs on cruises with Crystal, Holland America, and Royal Caribbean lines with his Stolen Moments cabaret act and Broadway Rhythms Review and also as a leader of the Palm Beach Orchestra.

Don has shared the stage with John Lithgow, Rosemary Harris, Roger Daughtry, Harry Groener, and John Mahoney. In regional theaters around the country, Don has played roles as diverse as that curmudgeon, Horace Vandergelder in Hello Dolly, the MC in Cabaret, and La Cage Aux Folles, which earned him a Robby Award for his role as the colorful Albin. His Los Angeles premieres include Eating Raoul and multiple productions of Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh.

Don’s TV credits include The Golden Girls, a three-year stint on General Hospital and a four season association with Picket Fences. Don remains the only performer authorized by Lucille Arnaz, to portray the legendary Ricky Ricardo. Don holds a degree in Drama/Directing from Boston Conservatory. 

Don’s debut CD nice and easy was released fall of 2003 to rave reviews.

With Don’s many and varied achievements, he is also the musical director of the Pied Piper’s the American traditional vocal group currently touring nationally.

Kevin Kenard

Kevin was born and raised in Michigan and discovered at a very young age his love for music and theater.

He nourished his talent and in the process, with years of dedication as a singer, Kevin has become a very fine and successful performer in musical theater, cabaret shows and more in Los Angeles. He is a sought after vocalist in recording studios, vocal ensemble groups, and is a featured singer with many legendary “Big Bands.”

Some of Kevin’s notable performance include: the opening ceremonies for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, the Lincoln Center in New York City and theater productions of Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Grease, Kiss Me Kate, and Torch Song Trilogy, just to name a few.

These wonderful credits and performances have made Kevin a  perfect addition and integral part of the sweet harmony of the Pied Pipers.

Chris Sanders

Chris is a multi-talented singer, actor and showman, who has performed in a variety of musical venues, both in this country and throughout the world.

Chris’s multiple talents are evident whether he’s performing with a symphony pops orchestra or in the legitimate theater. His wide range of musical styles have been displayed with the Knoxville Symphony, the Pasadena Pops Orchestra, at the Friars Club, and the National Theatre in Taipei China.

In addition to Chris’s classical credits, he is an award-winning actor with extensive experience in the theaters across the country, most recently having appeared as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde the production of Jekyll and Hyde.

Chris’s other selected theater credits include Emile in South Pacific, the title role in Phantom, the Red Shadow in Desert Song, Adam in Seven Bridges for Seven Brothers, Chauvelin in the Scarlet Pimpernel, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, as well as starring in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, to name a few.

Chris’s experience as a singer make him a natural performer and an invaluable member of the Pied Piper’s

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