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Band leader Harold Wheeler fired from ‘Dancing with the Stars’
HollywoodReporter.com revealed tonight that the ABC reality show “Dancing with the Stars” has in effect fired orchestra leader Harold Wheeler.
According to the website: “Veteran orchestrator and band leader Harold Wheeler takes a 28-member group of musicians and singers with him, to be replaced by another band and the ABC competition’s boosted use of recordings.
American Federation of Musicians president Ray Hair blasted ABC Monday for firing longtime band leader Harold Wheeler and replacing the live backing band on Dancing with the Stars with preexisting sound recordings and what he referred to as a “small electric band.”
The story goes on to say: “The Harold Wheeler Orchestra and Singers, which goes with Wheeler, consists of 28 members and has performed on the show for 17 seasons. A joint statement from BBC Worldwide Productions and ABC acknowledged that history, while shedding no light on the reason for the band’s departure: “Our talented Music Director, Harold Wheeler, will not be joining us for season 18 of Dancing with the Stars.”
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