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Carmen Dragon


Composer, Arranger, Conductor, Educator, Radio and Television Personality, Carmen Dragon could well have been called the complete musician. His accomplishments include: Oscar winner ("Cover Girl", 1944); Emmy winner (Christmas television special, 1964); Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (5,000 hours of radio broadcasts); Music Educator (Standard School Broadcast - a national music education program broadcast directly into elementary classrooms); Orchestrator Extraordinaire (Internationally acclaimed for his unique, lush style); Conductor/Music Director (20 years with the prestigious Glendale Symphony Orchestra and orchestras world- wide); Recording Artist (featured on over 39 recordings with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Capitol Symphony); Film Composer (over 30 films including "Cover Girl" and the 1950's cult classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers").

Personable, gregarious, at home in all areas of public performance, at ease before audiences young and old, Dragon trained at San Jose State College, worked as a nightclub pianist, and then as an arranger in Hollywood. He eventually scored more than 30 films, as well as television and stage shows. He conducted at the Hollywood Bowl many times in the 1950s and '60s, recorded prolifically with the Hollywood Bowl Symphony, and served as music director of the Glendale Symphony for many years. He also conducted the Royal Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony, and several British television series, and was a guest conductor for a number of American symphony orchestras. Father of both Daryl Dragon (of "The Captain & Tennille") and harpist Carmen E. Dragon, he portrayed himself in the 1979 film "The In-Laws"
Carmen Dragon


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