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The Grays Armory WurliTzer: Cleveland, Ohio

The Western Reserve Theatre Organ Society, Inc.

A Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society

The Western Reserve Theatre Organ Society, founded in 1962 as a chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society, is a non-profit educational corporation dedicated to furthering the use and understanding of the Theatre Pipe Organ and its music.

3/17 Wurlitzer Console

Originally installed in the Warner Theatre in Erie, PA, this 3-manual instrument was relocated to the Cleveland Grays Armory in 1970, where it has been installed, maintained and expanded to its current 17 ranks by WRTOS The 1400+ pipes are augmented by chimes, drums, tuned sleigh bells, a "toy counter" of special effects, and a full-sized piano. The organ is frequently used in private gatherings, and the Grays and WRTOS produce 3-4 public concerts yearly.

About the WRTOS

Membership

Membership in the WRTOS is open to persons of all ages who have an appreciation for organ music- especially Theatre Pipe Organ Music.

All chapter members and their immediate families have open console privileges (the opportunity to play real theatre pipe organs) at our meetings and at the Grays Armory 3/17 WurliTzer. Monthly meetings are held at public facilities and private residences- mostly local- where operating pipe organs are installed. Our periodical newsletter, "The Relay" keeps members informed of current events and concerts in our area. Members joining ATOS at the national level also receive the acclaimed bi-monthly journal, "Theatre Organ", containing articles of interest to the theatre organ oriented listener, historian, technician and audiophile.

You don't have to be a musician, own an organ, or have any skills to join WRTOS. Many members come just to listen! Others learn how to play, rebuild or restore these magnificent instruments. Don't be misled by our rather auspicious sounding title- we are first and foremost a group of people intent on having fun with a common hobby. while we welcome all the help we can get, no chapter member is obligated to assist in organ restoration, concert production or any other phase of chapter operation. All work is done on a volunteer basis.

We especially encourage youngsters studying organ to join us. There is much to be done teaching the artistry and restoration of these instruments. Youth must be trained to take over as our senior members retire. Join us, won't you?

Education: Our Main Goal

Artistic Education: the highlight of our activities is our annual concert series at historic Grays Armory in downtown Cleveland. National and international artists have been featured in public concerts since 1970. Private (members only) concerts and open console sessions at other public and private facilities allow hands-on experience and the development of desired skills.

Technical Education: Since virtually no theatre pipe organs have been built in 65 years, the crafts involved are almost completely lost. Restoring, rebuilding, and reinstalling theatre pipe organs in suitable locations provides a challenging labor of love and develops skills ranging from correct engineering and layout to artistic pipe voicing and tuning.

WRTOS pursues this ambitious campaign of education because we believe the Theatre Pipe Organ is a glorious national treasure and a lively art form that can continue only as long as these great organs can produce their inimitable sounds in the hands of competent artists. To that end we are striving to preserve, protect, and restore organs in operating theatres and auditoriums so that they may be enjoyed by large numbers of people in the surroundings for which they were built.

A Bit About the Organ's Home
Grays Armory

Grays Armory Downtown Cleveland, Ohio has its very own "castle" - Grays Armory. And just as real castles were built to protect, so was Grays Armory.

On Dec. 8, 1892, fire destroyed the City Armory located on Long Street. Long Street was later vacated for the Cleveland Union Terminals project. The City Armory had been shared by several independent military units. After the fire, two of the units set out to construct their own armories. In May 1893, the Cleveland Grays laid the cornerstone for their own armory at 1234 Bolivar Road.

In addition to serving the Grays for military functions, the armory has always served the community as a social center. The Grays Armory hosted such events as military balls, events for Cleveland's 1896 centennial, the Metropolitan Opera, Cleveland's first auto show on Feb. 1, 1903, John Philip Sousa, and the Cleveland Orchestra. In fact, a plaque outside the drill hall notes that in this building the Cleveland Orchestra presented its first concert on Dec. 11, 1918. Regular minstrel shows were held there too. In the front lobby of the building the original ticket booth still stands.

For the most part, the building remains as originally built both on the exterior and in the interior. The elegant main lobby is first seen by the visitor. Red carpeting and Persian rugs complement the dark woodwork and decorative cornices.

The Cleveland Grays

The Cleveland Grays were founded in August 1837, and were first known as the Cleveland City Guard. This independent city militia company is credited with being the first unit of uniformed troops west of the Allegheny Mountains. One year later, they adopted the gray colonial style uniform and from this their new name, the Cleveland Grays, was adopted in 1838.

Over the years, the Grays have served as a unit in the Civil War, the Spanish American War, and the First World War. From the Second World War on, the Grays have served as individuals, joining U.S. armed forces, rather than as an independent military unit.

Typically, independent military companies were formed at times of threat. It is unclear, however, what prompted the formation of the Grays, as no records indicate Cleveland was under any real threat in 1837. Their purpose was twofold: one to build up the regular army's strength; the other to be the local militia, ready to provide assistance in the event of trouble of any sort. With this in mind, the 118 founding members adopted "Semper Paratus" ("Always Prepared") as their motto.

The first members were all veterans of earlier military campaigns such as the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Independent military companies like the Grays were fundamentally important because there were hardly enough regular or federal troops to protect all of the states and localities.

During the Civil War, independent units were a major resource of troops for both the North and the South. In the Cleveland area, the Grays were the first to answer the call for troops by President Lincoln in 1861.

Under the current leadership of George N. Vourlojianis, the Grays have expanded their civic contribution to include the preservation and promotion of military history. Memorabilia, artifacts and documents acquired over the years are being identified, indexed, and catalogued. Throughout the armory are swords, guns and uniforms - a cannon sits in the lobby! The walls are covered with photographs and renderings.


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The Organ Specifications:

    
The Armory Wurlitzer - Specifications


SOLO
Tuba Profunda 16'
Diaphone 16'
Tibia Clausa 16'
Trumpet 8'
Harmonic Tuba 8'
English Post Horn 8'
Diaphonic Diapason 8'
Tibia Clausa 8'
Clarinet 8'
Kinura 8'
Orchestral Oboe 8'
Quintadena 8'
Salicional 8'
Harmonic Clarion 4'
Octave 4'
Piccolo 4'
Chimes
Xylophone
Glockenspiel
Bells Reiteration

GREAT
Tuba Profunda 16'
Diaphone 16'
Tibia Clausa 16'
Clarinet 16T
Bourdon 16'
Vox Humana 16TC
Trumpet 8'
Harmonic Tuba 8'
Diaphonic Diapason 8'
Horn Diapason 8'
Tibia Clausa 8'
Clarinet 8'
Kinura 81
Orchestral Oboe 8'
Viol d' Orchestra 8'
Viol Celeste 8'
Salicional 8'
Concert Flute 8'
Vox Humana 8'
Harmonic Clarion 4'
Octave 4'
Piccolo 4'
Viol 4'
Octave Celeste 4'
Salicional 4'
Flute 4'
Twelfth (Tibia) 2 2/3
Twelfth 2 2
Piccolo (Tibia) 2'
Fifteenth 2'
Piccolo (Tibia) 2'
Tierce 1 3/5'
Marimba
Harp
Chimes
Sleigh Bells
Xylophone
Glockenspiel
Bells Reiteration
Chrysoglott
Solo to Great
Piano 16'
Piano 8,
Piano 4'



   
ACCOMPANIMENT
Contra Viol  16TC
Bourdon 16'
Vox Humana  16TC
Harmonic Tuba 8'
Diaphonic Diapason 8'
Horn Diapason 8'
Tibia Clausa 8'
Clarinet 8'
Kinura 8'
Orchestral Oboe 8'
Quintadena 8'
Viol d' Orchestra 8'
Viol Celeste 8'
Salicional 8'
Flute 8'
Vox Humana 8'
Octave 4'
Piccolo 4'
Viol 4'
Octave Celeste 4'
Salicional 4'
Flute 4'
Vox Humana 4'
Twelfth 2 2/3'
Piccolo 2'
Marimba
Harp
Chrysoglott
Snare Drum
Tambourine
Castanets
Chinese Block
Tom Tom
Sand Block
Solo to Accomp.


PEDAL
Diaphone 32'
Ophicleide 16'
Tuba Profunda 16'
Diaphone 16'
Tibia 16'
Bourdon 16'
Viol 16'
Harmonic Tuba 8'
Diaphonic Diapason 8'
Tibia Clausa 8'
Clarinet 8'
Cello 8'
Concert Flute 8'
Octave 4'
Great to Pedal
Bass Drum
Kettle Drum
Crash Cymbal
Cymbal
Piano 16'

ACCOMP. 2nd TOUCH
Harmonic Tuba 8'
Tibia Clausa 8'
Clarinet 8'
Chimes
Xylophone
Sleigh Bells
Triangle
Solo to Accomp.

GREAT 2nd TOUCH
Tuba Profunda 16'
Tibia Clausa 8'
Clarinet 8,
Solo to Great

TREMULANTS
Main
Solo
Vox Humana
Tuba
Tibia Clausa

Effects:

Bell
Auto Horn
Horses' Hooves
Bird Whistle
Wooden Block
Surf
Gong
Steam Whistle
Crash Cymbal

Misc:

Piano : Rinky-Tink On/Off
Harp 1: On/Off
Harp 2: On/Off
Piano Damper
Solo Swell Shoe
Main Swell Shoe
Crescendo Shoe


Contact Person for the Grays Armory WurliTzer: Jim Shepherd

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