Del Roper

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Musician, Xylophonist

Del Roper performed the xylophone for several society big bands, playing on radio with Xavier Cugat in the early 1930s. Del was later a powerful force in studio orchestras and developed a double decker xylophone, which he played on several variety TV programs in the 1950s. The instrument, named the Carillon, was made in small numbers and sold to universities and large broadcasting organizations such as the BBC and CBS.