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February 5, 2023
David Marsh started playing the organ when he was fourteen years old. Inspired by a video of Rosemary Bailey on the Roland Atelier, David decided to take up the instrument. An interest in the theatre organ became apparent throughout the years and he began pursuing it.
Professionally, David has also enjoyed a career in music education, including teaching Advanced Music Theory at Villa Park High School in Orange County California and has been a piano teacher since 2016.
David has also served as the Director of Operations for Soli Studios Music, Inc and Executive Assistant for the Los Angeles Organ Company. David also currently serves as the President of the Orange County Theatre Organ Society, which maintains the 4/37 Wurlitzer at Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton, California.
When he is not working, David can be found playing the organ in his home, spending time with his dog Miles, and has recently taken an interest in gardening. However, he recognizes that perhaps his talents do not reside in the garden and might be better served in music.
David Marsh Poster
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March 5, 2023
Ron Rhode has been a major performer in the theatre pipe organ world for more than four decades. Since 1974 his concert career has taken him across the US from coast to coast, into Canada, England, and Australia. Ron is known for his “traditional” theatre organ style, playing music from the golden era of the “Unit Orchestra”, the 1920’s and 1930’s.
Growing up in Illinois, and moving to Phoenix in 1973, Ron played theatre organ for Organ Stop Pizza in Phoenix and Mesa for 21 years. He has continued a career in church music, which started at his Illinois home church, Port Byron Methodist Church, and is currently service musician at 1st United Methodist Church in Phoenix.
In his non-musical life, Ron taught 2nd grade and Library Science for Mesa Public Schools, Mesa, AZ, until his retirement after 20 years. Since that time, he had been teaching 5th and 6th grade Class Piano for Arizona School for the Arts, Phoenix, AZ, and has since retired as of May 2019.
Another ongoing facet of Rhode’s life has been his legacy of recordings on many of the finest theatre organ installations to be found! He has received great reviews for both the technical production and the musical artistry.
Ron Rhode Poster
April 23, 2023
Simon was born in Halifax, UK and showed a keen interest in music from an early age. He started learning to play the piano accordion at age six and continued with that instrument for 11 years, winning several competitions along the way. When he was 10 years old, his parents purchased a small electronic organ. After initially teaching himself to play it, he began formal studies with Michael Woodhead, who also gave him tuition in classical organ and piano.
Simon’s first ‘live’ experience of the theatre pipe organ was seeing and hearing Ernest Broadbent play Britain’s most famous Mighty Wurlitzer at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool. A short time afterwards he discovered a privately-owned instrument close to his home and was soon making weekly practice visits.
In 1981, he entered and won the UK’s Northern Young Theatre Organist of the Year competition. Nigel Ogden, presenter of the long-running BBC national radio programme The Organist Entertains, was in the audience, and invited him to record for the programme on the BBC Theatre Organ.
The resulting broadcasts generated a flurry of concert offers, and Simon has since given concerts at all the major UK theatre organ venues, as well as touring in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and North America. He has performed many times for the American Theatre Organ Society, and was named ATOS Organist of the year in 1997 and inducted into the Society’s Hall of Fame in 2015.
Simon’s music has won high praise from his peers. Lyn Larsen described him as: ‘That rare combination of flawless technique, impeccable phrasing and an unerring sense of musical good taste’, while Nigel Ogden said: ‘Here is someone who was born to be a theatre organist.
His ability has rightfully earned him the genuine admiration of both audiences and colleagues alike.’ Simon combines his concert and recording activities with work for the Cinema Organ Society and a full-time career in finance, based in London, UK