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Have You Heard...Grassical Music?

The DePue Brothers Band plays a blend of classical, bluegrass, jazz, pop, and American roots music.

The four DePue brothers (Wallace, Jason, Zack, and Alex) were raised on classical music, barbershop, and Bluegrass. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, today they’re juggling work at conventional ensembles—with a family-based band specializing in a blend of classical and American grass roots music.

The four brothers have played together since the '80s, when they were awarded the Musical Family of  America Award from President George H.W. Bush. About 10 years ago, when Jason and Zach were both new members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, the family band grew to include others, including guitarist Mark Cosgrove, and the Orchestra’s principal timpani Don Liuzzi.

The DePue Brothers Band’s holiday CD, When It’s Christmas Time, was released in 2013.


BAND MEMBERS: Wallace DePue, Jason DePue, Don Liuzzi/Drums and Vocals; Mark Cosgrove/Guitar; Mike Munford/Banjo; Kevin MacConnell/Bass; Jordan Tice/Special Guest and Guitar, Tony Trischka/Special Guest and Banjo, Rodney Whittenberg/Guest Guitarist and Producer.


Listen to Susan’s 2013 interview with two members of the DePue Brothers Band, Wallace DePue, and Don Liuzzi, about their musical backgrounds and how this 'grassical' band came to be.

Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and contributes weekly intermission interviews for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.