Originally Posted by dad1153 TV Notes'Dancing with the Stars' fires live band to make way for 'small electric band'
By Zayda Rivera, New York Daily News
- Feb. 4, 2013
"Dancing with the Stars" most recent elimination is its band.
The show's longtime music director, Harold Wheeler, was fired Monday along with his 28-member band. The orchestra has arguably been the backbone for the reality dancing competition for 17 seasons and will now be replaced by a "small electric band" intended to "attract a younger demographic."
"Since season one, Harold and his band have performed brilliant music in our ballroom for our dancers and the American viewers at home," BBC Worldwide and ABC said in a joint statement. "We are grateful to him and his band for their amazing work and years of collaboration. We wish him the best of luck."
But not everyone is so eager to watch Wheeler, 70, and his band waltz off the "DWTS" stage.
"People who love 'Dancing with the Stars' also love the superb performances of the orchestra because it is such an integral part of the show," Ray Hair, president of the American Federation of Musicians, said in a statement released by the union.
The new band will reportedly be selected by Wheeler's replacement in order to cater to a younger audience and more highly produced songs.
"We feel that there are some types of music and types of songs, a lot of modern music particularly, is so produced that it's impossible for a 28-piece band to replicate the sounds," "DWTS's" executive producer, Conrad Green, told the Hollywood Reporter in September.
"You get to a point where you're forcing a band to try and do sound that they just literally can't pull off," he added.
On the other side of the spectrum is Hair who vehemently supports the orchestra sound.
"The tight, elaborate musical productions that catapulted the show into the top 10 in 17 countries can't be duplicated by recordings and a small combo," Hair added. "Viewers, whether they are young or old, will reject that as artistic fraud."
But instead of a fraudulent sound, Green felt their new musical direction will more adequately deliver music as it is produced today.
"It took hundreds of hours in a studio to get some of those sounds. So in some cases we're thinking, 'Let's just use that song,'" he said. "What's the point in forcing a band to try and do something that's impossible to achieve?"
While the network is focusing on its younger viewers, who may be more receptive to a small band as opposed to an orchestra, Hair insisted it won't help the show but instead hurt it.
"Firing the band, using recordings and hiring fewer musicians won't boost ratings," he said. "It will kill the show."http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/dwts-live-band-fired-small-electric-band-article-1.1601792