BMHOF Class of 2012
[Al Hury] Al Hury's musical aspirations began early with a toy drum set. He played standards with his Dad on harmonica. By the age of 6, Al began formal drum lessons and began playing drums with bands at Public School 65 and with the Riverside Drill Team. Al performed his first paid fill-in gig with The Vari-A-Shuns, while playing with the Buffalo All City Band & Orchestra and annually performing with them at Kleinhans Music Hall. While still in high school, Al began teaching private drum lessons and joined his first rock band, Magpie, performed in school musicals and sat in with the likes of The Buffalo Jazz Ensemble.
After graduating high school, Al formed the Top 40 band Good Feel, working along with guitarist Mike Lustin, and keyboardist Claude Schnell who later went on to play for Ronnie James Dio. He joined the band Peace Bridge, which later evolves into SKY, which toured throughoaut New York and Peannsylvania until March 1981. Al spent five years in NYC and returned to Buffalo, teaching at Paramount Music and the Buffalo Drum Outlet. He joined the CPR Band in 1991, who was the Official 97 Rock Tailgate Party Band Live from Rich Stadium. In 1993, Al re-joined former Magpie guitarist Don Vaccaro with Triple Play, re-joined SKY Hall of Fame guitarist Ken Wilczak with Fat Brat. In 1995, Al formed Groovitate, a jazz trio with guitarist Dave Schmeidler and bassist Lew Reczek; played with blues band Wild 'n' Blue. In 1997, Al joined Black Cat Blues Band, performing with Bill Ludwig, John Brady & Bruce Brucato. Al has also performed with Shakey Ray & The Colbalt Blues Band in support of their recent CD that led to an opportunity to open for the Moody Blues & Phil Vassar.
Al can be heard in studio recordings with the band SkyRats with Dave Schmeidler and Bill Ludwig, Only Humen, Mick Hayes, Kari Czubinski, Gold, Steve Woolsley, & John Rachel . He can be heard in "Milk for Health" and Stereo Emporium radio commercials. He joined Buffalo Music Award winning Top 40 band JoyRyde in 1999.
Al became a board member of the BMHOF in 2003 and was appointed to its Board of Trustees in 2006. Al was voted Buffalo Music Awards Top Blues Drummer in 1997, 2000, 2001 and 2002. In 2009, Al returned to school at Buffalo State College and is a pioneer member of the Buffalo State College Digital Music Ensemble.
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