Organist Lyman Woodard called both guitarist Ron English & drummer/vocalist Leonard King Jr. to join his newly formed trio at the Hobby Bar on Detroit’s westside in September 1973 which bonded musically very quickly. All three members were the nucleus of various groups Lyman formed until his passing in February 2009. It was King’s decision to maintain and perform the music they cultivated for over 35 years. The first orchestra presentation was March 3, 2010–Lyman’s birthday. The DPLKO celebrates its 10th year as ensemble on March 4, 2020. ‘Don’t Stop The Groove’ is our motto.