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Bill Allred's Classic Jazz Band Bios
Warren Sauer

Warren Sauer - Drums
Originally from San Diego, California, Warren spent only very few years just being a kid. When he was nine, his father noticed a newspaper article recruiting musicians for a new band, no talent necessary. Bonham Brothers Mortuary had been supporting marching bands for thirty years under direction of Jules Jaques, former lead trumpet with John Phillip Sousa; this was to be the newest version. "No talent necessary," was indeed fortunate, since Warren had no musical experience at all up to this point. The only instruments left when he arrived were drums or tuba, and we know which he chose. Another obstacle was that he is left handed. Warren has been thankful ever since the first lesson, that his teacher insisted he learned to play with a right hand lead.

At nineteen he became percussionist with the San Diego Symphony under Andre Previn, the youngest person to ever hold such a position. He stayed with the symphony for six years, working with numerous conductors, including Jose Iturbi, Ferde Grofe, Arthur Fiedler, John Barnett, Robert Shaw and Daniel Lewis. Over forty-plus years, his career has covered a vast spectrum of experiences and types of music, from a marimba quintet on the Ed Sullivan show, several symphony orchestras, three years with the "California Story" with Meredith Wilson, and orchestras backing popular stars like Peggy Lee, Andy Williams, the Kingston Trio, Anita Bryant and the Mills Brothers, as well as college bands.

In the Army he, of course, played in the Army band and participated in the worldwide all-Army entertainment contest. Following this came Reno hotel jobs with numerous acts, NBC-TV shows in summer 1965, and several years in Las Vegas with Tom Jones, Elvis Presley, Pat Boone, Brenda Lee, Frankie Laine and Sandler and Young. Back in California, playing ice shows and circuses led to work at Disneyland and finally a move to Florida and Disney World, where he has been a staff musician for over twenty years.

Disney World (the day job) has been another meeting place in the long list of stars Warren has worked with: Bob Hope, Roger Williams, Tony Orlando and Dawn, Steve Allan, Gordon McRae, Jack Jones, Kay Star....the list goes on. Big Bands he's worked with during this time include Bob Crosby, Ray Block, Ray McKinley, Buddy Morrow, Les Elgart and Jimmy Dorsey. Warren also worked alongside Bill Allred, founder of the world famous "Rosie O' Grady's Goodtime Jazz Band" for sixteen years. This band enjoyed many years of festivals and traveling both here and abroad.

Warren's recording credits number more than 25 albums, with groups of all types and sizes, and Warren is a performing artist for the Zildjian cymbal company. With Bill Allred's Classic Jazz Band, his driving style and excellent time add to the impeccable sharpness and energy of the band.

Members Bios:

Bill Allred leader, trombone John Allred, Herb Bruce trombone
Eddie Metz drums Bobby Pickwood, Don Johnson trumpet
Terry Myers reeds Randy Morris piano
Jay Mueller bass  



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