Former members of ELO and Electric Light Orchestra Part II are regrouped as The Orchestra. A name, acknowledging each band member's illustrious former membership with the Electric Light Orchestra and/or Electric Light Orchestra Part II but also forging ahead to a future utilising the spectacular symphonic rock sound for which they are unequalled.

Band Members

Mik Kaminski
Mik Kaminski

Violin (formerly of ELO and ELO Part 2) A violin prodigy, Yorkshire, England's Mik Kaminski joined ELO in 1973 after famously answering an advert in Melody Maker magazine. Ever since, Mik and his blue electric violin have dazzled rock audiences the world over. A consummate showman, Kaminski is the original violin wild man, shattering traditional notions of stage propriety with a classical instrument. If not for his talents on violin, Kaminski's vocation may well have been humorist, as he is easily one of the funniest persons you'll ever meet. You just have to sort through his Yorkshire accent to get to the jokes.

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Louis Clark
Louis Clark

Orchestral Keyboards (formerly of ELO and ELO Part 2) Originally a bassist, Bedford, England's Lou Clark studied orchestration at Leeds College of Music and helped transform ELO's sound with his string and choir arrangements on the band's breakthrough album "Eldorado." Today, when The Orchestra performs with symphonies, Clark dons his famous tuxedo and leads the world's best national orchestras through the ELO catalogue of hits. Clark also created the Hooked On Classics series of albums that partnered well known classical pieces with modern drum beats. Clark is an unabashed Beatle Freak and a massive fan of English football. He also has kept notes on every show ever played by ELO Part II and The Orchestra.

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Eric Troyer
Eric Troyer

Keyboards, Guitar and Vocals (formerly of ELO Part 2) Indiana, USA native Eric Troyer's professional resume reads like a who's who of rock history. His voice can be heard on mega hits such as "Woman" by John Lennon, "Uptown Girl" by Billy Joel, "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler and on songs by Aerosmith, James Taylor, Meatloaf, Kiss, Lou Reed and many others. A founding member of ELO Part II, Troyer's distinctive voice and keyboards--not to mention his tireless work ethic--have been a staple of the band for more than 20 years. Troyer has managed to survive years of exposure to the highest levels of rock and roll insanity with his good humor intact. He is a health nut and history buff.

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Parthenon Huxley
Parthenon Huxley

Guitar and Vocals (formerly of ELO Part 2) Louisiana born Parthenon Huxley joined ELO Part II in 1998. Huxley wrote his first song at age ten. His records as a solo artist and band leader have earned three Album of the Year awards and a #1 single on Rolling Stone Magazine's Exclusive Download chart. Huxley has also written four Top 20 hits with other artists, including Foreigner and E (Mark Everett). Much to his surprise, Huxley was named Costa Rica's Rock Composer of the Year in 2010. A consummate rock guitarist, Huxley was tabbed to create two guitar loop libraries for Sony. "Hux" hopes to one day make use of his B.A. in Journalism and write a book about his experiences with The Orchestra.

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Gordon Townsend
Gordon Townsend

Drums (formerly of ELO Part 2) A native of Philadelphia, PA, Townsend began drumming professionally in his teens. He moved to Los Angeles in 1994 and formed P. Hux with Parthenon Huxley. After Huxley joined ELO Part II, Townsend was the first choice to replace ELO founding member Bev Bevan on drums. Townsend has been with The Orchestra since 2000, laying down an unshakable backbeat beneath the band's often complex musical arrangements. A pro's pro, Townsend steers his performance to the needs of the song, avoiding flash but supplying rock solid power and finesse. He is a sucker for cool musical gear and rescue dogs.

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Glen Burtnik
Glen Burtnik

Bass and Vocals (formerly of Styx and ELO Part 2) Glen Burtnik's extensive showbiz career includes a stint on Broadway as Paul McCartney in Beatlemania, a Billboard #2 smash hit "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough", ten years as frontman for rock legends Styx, and even several short runs as bassist for ELO Part II. Glen also released two solo albums for A&M Records. Burtnik is beloved in his home state of New Jersey for his over the top musical revues, most famously his Xmas Xtravaganza, featuring dozens of notable performers. If Bruce Springsteen is the Boss, Glen Burtnik is surely the assistant manager. Burtnik is a notorious Facebook user.

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Biography

Electric Light Orchestra began when three members of the Birmingham, England band The Move created ELO as a side project in 1970. They envisioned a hybrid rock/orchestral group with a sound that picked up where The Beatles had left off on songs like I Am The Walrus. ELO's roster changed numerous times over the years, with no fewer than 18 members contributing to the band's sound.

ELO's spectacular run of success in the '70s and '80s included numerous gold and platinum albums, Top Ten hits such as "Can't Get It Out of My Head" and "Telephone Line", the groundbreaking "Spaceship" tour and a secure place as one of the most important bands in the history of rock. At the peak of ELO's success, future ELO Part II members Bev Bevan, Mik Kaminski, Kelly Groucutt and Lou Clark lived the life of rock royalty.

In the late 1980s Bevan, Groucutt, Kaminski and Clark reconvened the group as ELO Part II. Eric Troyer, a session and touring musician from New York City, was brought in on keyboards and vocals. The position of guitarist/singer eventually settled into the capable hands of British recording artist Phil Bates. Performing as a six-man symphonic rock band ELO Part II wowed audiences around the world with their stellar musicianship and joyous stage personas. The band created even more excitement when it teamed with award-winning symphony orchestras in cities and at festivals all over the world.

At the end of the 20th century, the band made two personnel changes. In 1998 Los Angeles guitarist Parthenon Huxley replaced Phil Bates; and in 2000 ELO's only drummer for thirty years, Bev Bevan, announced his retirement. Bevan's spot was immediately handed over to Philadelphia drummer Gordon Townsend. With Bevan no longer in the band, the remaining members continued on as The Orchestra.

Under their new name since 2000, The Orchestra has played to sold-out houses ever since. The lineup of Kaminski, Clark, Groucutt, Troyer, Huxley and Townsend became a rock solid touring unit, thrilling crowds everywhere they played. With Lou Clark conducting, The Orchestra continued to team with top symphonies on multiple continents, creating a musical spectacle unmatched in classic rock.

The Orchestra suffered a mortal loss in 2009 when bassist/singer Kelly Groucutt died suddenly upon returning home from a show in Berlin. With touring commitments ahead of them, The Orchestra were fortunate to land past ELO Part II touring member and music veteran Glen Burtnik as Kelly's replacement. He remains with the band today.

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Discography

Anthology - 20 Years and Counting
Anthology - 20 Years and Counting

Anthology is a double CD compilation of recordings from ELO Part II and The Orchestra made from 1991 up to 2008 and includes a few recordings never before released. The CD is available at live gigs and the album was compiled by Eric Troyer and John Regna for The Orchestra.

Featuring

  • Eric Troyer (Vocals / Keyboards)
  • Kelly Groucutt (Vocals / Bass)
  • Mik Kaminski (Violin)
  • Louis Clark (Keyboards and Orchestral Arrangements)
  • Phil Bates (Vocals / Guitars)
  • Gordon Townsend (Drums)
  • Bev Bevan (Drums)
  • Parthenon Huxley (Vocals / Guitars)
  • Pete Haycock (Vocals / Guitars)
  • Neil Lockwood (Vocals)
  • Hugh McDowell (Cello)
Track listing
Disc 1 Disc 2
ELO Part II No Rewind
Hello Hello (Troyer / Bevan / Haycock / Lockwood) Jewel And Johnny (Huxley)
Honest Men (Troyer) Say Goodbye (Troyer)
For The Love Of A Woman (Troyer) No Rewind (Troyer)
ELO's Greatest Hits, ELO Part II With the Moscow Symphony Orchestra Let Me Dream (Troyer / Kaminski)
Turn To Stone (Lynne) Before We Go (Groucutt / Troyer / Huxley)
Thousand Eyes (Troyer) Itatdan Medleys For The San Remo Festival
Roll Over Beethoven (Berry) Medley 1 Confusion / Twitdght / Last Train To London (Lynne)
Moment Of Truth Twist And Shout (Medley/Russell)
Moment Of Truth (Overture) (Clark) Medley 2
Breakin' Down The Walls (Bates) Turn To Stone/Evil Woman/Last Train To London (Lynne)
Power Of A Miltdon Lights (Troyer) Live In Reno
Interlude 3 (Clark) If Only (Troyer)
One More Tomorrow (Bevan / Kaminski / Bates) Living Thing (Lynne)
Voices (Bates / Kaminski) Evil Woman (Lynne)
The Fox (Groucutt) Live In Lithuania
Love Or Money (Troyer) Standin' In The Rain (Lynne)
Blue Viotdn (Groucutt / Kaminski) Mr. Blue Sky (Lynne)
So Glad You Said Goodbye (Bevan / Troyer / Bates) Twist And Shout (Medley/Russell)
One Night Kelly's Last Studio Recordings with 'Orchestra' For the Russian TV show: Star Factory 5
Confusion (Lynne) - Track not tdsted on sleeve notes! Last Train To London (Lynne)
Do Ya (Lynne) Ticket To The Moon (Lynne)
Don't Bring Me Down (Lynne) Live in Lowestoft
  Midnight Blue (Lynne)
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The Orchestra Live
Orchestra Live

This live album was recorded with a full orchestra in the 8000 seat Philips Arena in Vilnius, Lithuania in 2007 with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, shortly before Parthenon Huxley's departure from the band. This CD is currently only available from live concerts. It was produced by Alex Trevor & The Orchestra. Executive Producer is John Regna and it was released on the UK tour of Spring 2008.

Track listing

  • Evil Woman
  • Livin' Thing
  • Xanadu
  • Wild West Hero
  • Sweet Talkin' Woman
  • Shine A Little Love
  • Confusion
  • Showdown
  • Hold On Tight
  • Can't Get It Out Of My Head
  • Telephone Line
  • Standin' In The Rain
  • Mr. Blue Sky
  • Twist And Shout
  • Ticket To The Moon
  • Do Ya
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No Rewind
No Rewind

No Rewind is the first album to be released by The Orchestra and was self funded by the band. It was originally released as a very Limited Edition to coincide with the short orchestral UK tour in 2001 and was only available at the gigs or via the FTM website. It was produced by Eric Troyer, Parthenon Huxley and Jim Jacobsen with this released in 2006 while the original was in 2001.

Track listing

  • Jewel and Johnny (Huxley)
  • Say Goodbye (Troyer)
  • No Rewind (Troyer)
  • Over London Skies (Huxley / Bevan)
  • Twist and Shout (Medley / Russell)
  • Can't Wait To See You (Huxley)
  • If Only (Troyer)
  • I Could Write A Book (Troyer)
  • Let Me Dream (Troyer / Kaminski)
  • Before We Go (Groucutt / Troyer / Huxley)
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One Night (Live in Australia)
One Night (Live in Australia)

Released in 1996 and produced by Stephan Galfas.

Featuring

  • Eric Troyer (vocals and keyboards)
  • Louis Clark (orchestra arranger and conductor)
  • Phil Bates (vocals and guitar)
  • Kelly Groucutt (vocals and bass)
  • Mik Kaminski (violin)
  • Bev Bevan (drums)
Track listing
Disc 1 Disc 2
Standing In The Rain Strange Magic
Evil Woman Sweet Talking Woman
Don't Wanna Confusion
Showdown Do Ya
Can't Get It Out Of My Head Rockaria!
Whiskey Girls Roll Over Beethoven
Livin' Thing All Fall Down
One More Tomorrow Witness
Mr Blue Sky Thousand Eyes
Telephone Line Hold On Tight
Ain't Necessarily So Turn To Stone
The Fox Rock and Roll Is King
  Last Train To London
  Don't Bring Me Down
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Moment of Truth
Moment of Truth

Released in 1994 and produced by Stephan Galfas.

Featuring

  • Eric Troyer (vocals and keyboards)
  • Louis Clark (orchestral arrangements and keyboards)
  • Phil Bates (vocals and guitar)
  • Kelly Groucutt (vocals and bass)
  • Mik Kaminski (violin)
  • Bev Bevan (drums)

Track listing

  • Moment Of Truth (Overture) (Clark)
  • Breakin' Down The Walls (Bates)
  • Power Of a Million Lights (Troyer, title Bates)
  • Interlude 3 (Clark)
  • One More Tomorrow (Bevan / Kaminski / Bates)
  • Don't Wanna (Troyer)
  • Voices (Bates / Kaminski)
  • Interlude 2 (Clark)
  • Vixen
  • The Fox (Groucutt)
  • Love Or Money (Troyer / Bates)
  • Blue Violin (Groucutt / Kaminski)
  • Whiskey Girls (Bevan / Bates)
  • Interlude 1 (Clark)
  • Twist Of The Knife (Groucutt / Bevan / Bates)
  • So Glad You Said Goodbye (Bevan / Troyer / Bates)
  • Underture (Clark)
  • The Leaving
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Performing ELO's Greatest Hits Live
Performing ELO's Greatest Hits Live

Released in 1992 and produced by Jeff Glixman, it was recorded live on May 28th in 1991 at the NEC, Birmingham, UK and features the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. A VHS video recording of this show was also released around the same time on the Telstar label.

Featuring

  • Eric Troyer (vocals and keyboards)
  • Louis Clark (orchestral keyboards, conductor and orchestral arranger)
  • Pete Haycock (vocals and guitar)
  • Kelly Groucutt (vocals and bass)
  • Mik Kaminski (violin)
  • Bev Bevan (drums)
  • Neil Lockwood (vocals, keyboards, guitar)

Track listing

  • Overture (Troyer)
  • Turn To Stone (Lynne)
  • Evil Woman (Lynne)
  • Showdown (Lynne)
  • Livin' Thing (Lynne)
  • Hold On Tight (Lynne)
  • Thousand Eyes (Troyer)
  • Telephone Line (Lynne)
  • Roll Over Beethoven (Berry)
  • Can't Get It Out Of My Head (Lynne)
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Electric Light Orchestra Part Two
Electric Light Orchestra Part Two

Released in 1991 and produced by Jeff Glixman, it was the first album released by Electric Light Orchestra PartII. The USA version had a slightly different cover.

Featuring

  • Eric Troyer (vocals and keyboards)
  • Louis Clark (orchestral keyboards, conductor and orchestral arranger)
  • Pete Haycock (vocals and guitar)
  • Bev Bevan (drums)
  • Neil Lockwood (vocals, keyboards, guitar)
  • Mik Kaminski (violin)

Track listing

  • Hello Hello (Troyer / Bevan / Haycock / Lockwood)
  • Honest Men (Troyer)
  • Every Night (Troyer / Cummings)
  • Once Upon A Time (Haycock / Bevan)
  • Heartbreaker (Bevan / Haycock)
  • Thousand Eyes (Troyer)
  • For The Love Of A Woman (Troyer)
  • Kiss Me Red (Steinburg / Kelly)
  • Heart Of Hearts (Troyer)
  • Easy Street (Bevan / Haycock)
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