AL PIERSON BIO - GUY LOMBARDO ROYAL CANADIANS

GUY LOMBARDO’S ROYAL CANADIANS WITH AL PIERSON

Founded in 1919, the Lombardo Orchestra is the longest running dance orchestra in the world, with over 500 hit songs to it’s credit - more than any other orchestra in the world. Since Lombardo’s first TV SHOW IN 1954, This orchestra has played for more than 1.5 billion viewers, making a New Year’s tradition out of the Scottish ballad Auld Lang Syne.They have sold over 500 million musical albums.

After the death of Guy Lombardo in 1977 his orchestra remained somewhat out of touch for more than a decade. In 1989 the legend was taken over by Al Pierson, who at the time was in charge of another up and coming group called Al Pierson Big Band USA, which was widely recognized as one America’s finest new dance band and having performed world wide and recording 14 dance albums and selected in the BALLROOM HALL OF FAME ALONG WITH LOMBARDO, WELK, GLN MILLER AND OTHER FAMOUS BAND LEADERS.
Born Albert Theodore Pizzamiglio - DBA - Al Pierson , at 14 he began his professional musical career as pianist. He formed his own dance band while in High School , he did all the musical arrangements and productions for the group.Pierson earned his master’s degree in education, music theory and music composition at Illinois State University at Normal, Illinois.

Mr. Pierson taught music in grade schools , high school, and universities while running his own regional dance orchestra in four Midwest states - than left teaching to go international with the Al Pierson Big Band USA from 1975 to 1989 - when he took over the Lombardo Orchestra.
During Mr. Pierson leadership, he has taken the orchestra to every major city in our fifty states of United States and 54 foreign countries
Mr. Pierson has received numerous musical awards - WHO’S WHO IN AMERICA ,WHO’S WHO IN THE WORLD - WHO’S WHO IN PERFORMING ARTISTS-2004 MUSIC ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR FROM ILLINOIS STATE MUSIC DEPARTMENT-ILLINOIS STATE University made him their AMBASSODOR OF MUSIC WORLD WIDE - BIG BAND HALL OF FAME AND MANY OTHER MUSICAL AND HUMANITIES AWARDS.
Pierson has recorded many musical albums. He has worked on PBS shows since 1995 , of which many are still playing today, the orchestra has worked with several headliners and world famous groups.

Al Pierson and the Lombardo Orchestra had the honor of working for President Bill Clintons Inaugural events, as well as both of President Bush’s Inaugural events.