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DCI recording engineer Rock wins two Grammy awards

DCI recording engineer Rock wins two Grammy awards

by Drum Corps International

Larry Rock, DCI's recording engineer since 1982, won two more Grammy awards on February 13: Best Classical Album and Best Orchestral Performance for "Adams: On the Transmigration of Souls," conducted by Lorin Maazel. Rock produced this with John Adams. The work was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic after the Sept 11 tragedies. These are Rock's second and third Grammy awards, among many more nominations.

Rock is currently in his ninth season as the audio director for the New York Philharmonic. He received a Grammy in 1997 for his work on an RCA Victor Red Seal/BMG recording of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Slatkin. In 2001, Larry was nominated for an Emmy Award in sound mixing, and the television program, "In Memoriam," was nominated for a total of five, including sound editing. He records every Philharmonic performance, mixing them for weekly radio broadcasts, which go out live on WQXR in New York and are syndicated nationally by WFMT in Chicago. When the Philharmonic plays outdoor venues, he mixes their live sound reinforcement.

Rock first began recording the DCI championships in 1982, working with Jim Unrath. Jim was a well-respected brass judge and an on-air host at Chicago's fine arts station WFMT, where Larry also worked as a recording engineer. "It is Larry's work that we DCI personnel have listened to ever since, with the exception of 1995 through 1998, when he and I both took a bit of a hiatus," sad Rock's longtime friend, DCI DVD/broadcast producer Tom Blair said.

Besides his incredible professional credentials, Rock first marched in drum corps in 1964. In 1972, he marched his last show with the Des Plaines Vanguard at the first DCI Finals in Whitewater, Wis. -- when they played "The Planets" and selections from "Hair." "Hmm, I guess that was a different era in show design," Blair said.

"I am very proud of Larry and we're lucky to have him work with us every year on the DCI recordings," Blair concluded.

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