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Catalog Number 2015.008.002
Object Name Album, Record
Description LP album (33 1/3 RPM) of the Elk Grove High School New Horizons chorus under the direction of Gary Parker. The album, entitled "Another Day Another New Horizon," was recorded on April 24, 1983 at Alpha Recording Studios in Lombard, Illinois.

Includes the following six tracks on Side A: On a Clear Day, Here's That Rainey Day, Over the Rainbow, Trickle Trickle, Song for the Asking, Jennine. Side B includes the following six tracks: On the Boulevard, Rock-A-Bye-Baby, Satin Doll, Java Jive, Foreign Affair, When the Saints Go Marching In.
Collection Elk Grove Historical Museum
Search Terms education
Notes The following members of New Horizons are listed on the backside of the album jacket:
SOPRANOS - Debbie Abernathy, Julie Carlson, Linda Schumacher, Laurie Shannon, Dawn Underhill. ALTOS - Bridgitte Adams, Donna Collins, Cathy Gorge, Karen Rolape, Vickie Tomaso. TENORS - Mike Curry, Craig Hall, Dave Payne, Chris Roth. BASSES - Dennis Burns, Gerry Evenwell, Roger Johnson, Matt Maynard, Ken Novak, Steve Shannon. RHYTHM SECTION - Brian O-hern (piano), Donna Mack (bass), Rob Finn (drums), Sue Allen (clarinet), Doug Dial (trombone), Chris Roth (trumpet), Mike Curry (Alto Sax).

Upon the hire of Gary Parker at Elk Grove High School in 1971, he first served as the assistant director to Douglas Peterson for the band and choir program. In 1975, Parker took over as choral director. His decision to focus on jazz tunes as opposed to pop hits made the choir, known as New Horizons, one of the most acclaimed high school jazz groups in the Midwest. New Horizons swept awards at various competitions by blending complex harmonies, originally made popular by groups such as The Hi-Lows and The Manhattan Transfer, to dazzle audiences.

In the early 1980s, New Horizons gained the interest of Count B.J., a Chicago disc jockey, who regularly played the chorus' songs on his WXFM radio station. After a few years in recording studios, the students were recognized in 1983 by DownBeat Magazine as being the best jazz vocal choir in the nation.

Although Parker was transferred to teach in the music program at Prospect High School in 1986, he is credited with establishing the foundation for the continuance of the choir's success under the direction of his successor, Jerry Swanson.
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