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Members of the Band, aka "Musicians"
Rodger Faherty (Executive Producer)
Rodger is the "Father" of the band; he founded the group in the Fall of 2008. How he accomplished this feat is one of his best-kept secrets.
Bill Podrazik (Business Manager)
Pod retired from corporate management in the railroad industry and now uses this experience to keep the business of these high-ballers on the right track.
Jerry Uppman (Historian)
Jerry has an avid interest in "Ragtime" and "Dixieland" music. He is a first-rate historian about the century-old genres. As such, Jerry regularly offers audiences tidbits about tunes, composers and performers during gigs. He is quite good at making these presentations; being a retiree from the broadcasting industry certainly shows.
Nick Golden
Nick, a retired entrepreneur, owned and operated a home decorating business where a homeowner could acquire paint, wallpaper, brushes, polite instructions, and creative advice. As an accomplished drummer, it is obvious that he discovered a practical use for stir sticks and empty paint cans in the back room.
Joel Brende
Joel, a retired psychiatrist, is still trying to analyze why he plays the trombone! Apparently a Freudian slip has something to do with a trombone glissando.
Tom Nolte
Tom, a business equipment technician, finds him during the day tending to the often hostile temperaments of office personnel frustrated with malfunctioning copy machines. Apparently a valid reason for him to relish the peaceful relief of a tenor sax. Tom credits his father, Harvey Nolte, an acclaimed saxophonist, composer and band leader, for teaching him well; but his mother deserves most, if not all, of the credit for making him practice.
Rick Bronaugh (Reserve)
Rick is proud of the fact that he has the ability to magically "tickle the ivories." Although he plays Dixieland amazingly well, his says his real specialty is making elephants giggle. We welcome his talent whenever we can.
Jim Cochran (Reserve)
Since hanging around with our group, Jim, an ex-music educator, now thinks dealing with 100 adolescents in a marching band wasn't so bad. Jim does great job when he fills in on sax or clarinet
Ron Stockton (Reserve)
Ron is on the band's reserve list to sub when he can. As an electronics engineer during the day, he works to ensure circuit boards function properly. After hours, he skillfully ensures the piano keyboard functions properly.
Forest Bland (Tuba Emeritus)
After a successful career as an electrical engineer with a major corporation, Forest became a charter member of the band. He played with precision and heart. Often times, for a gig, he would "wax" his whiskers; this helped keep his mustache out of his mouthpiece. Forest, thanks for your sincere dedication to the band.
Bob Lee (Banjo & Piano Emeritis)
Bob is a gifted musician. He played almost any instrument he could get his hands or lips on. For us he played the Piano and the Banjo. Yes, the Banjo. Bob, thanks for giving us a bit of your time and talents.
Will Conner (Music Director)
Will leads the band's rehearsals and applies his knowledge, skills and abilities to achieve terrific music from a eclectic collection of musicians. It is important to note the while in college, Will not only studied music, he also studied math. This gave him the proficiency, as the band's leader, to effectively count off: "1-2-3-4."
Tom Reed (Librarian)
A retired Dentist, Tom patterns his Librarian expertise after his dental practice. He says getting the band to keep the printed music in good order is no different than "pulling teeth."
Steve Fruin (Treasurer)
Steve is retired from the railroad industry's management team. Early in his career he was a locomotive engineer. When asked about his experience with driving a train he said making it go is no big deal, but getting it to stop is a major challenge. Kinda like a Dixieland Band.
Byron Redding (Historian)
Byron, a former Marine Band trumpeter, entertained his fellow Marines with colorful stories without consideration to their rank. Now we brave HIS rank.
Lew Roht
Lew is a retired physician and pro-"cures" our music arrangements. Not only that, he is an accomplished saxophonist, which of course, means he plays the clarinet for us.
John Sankey
John is a West Point grad, a Civil Engineer, an Architect and a fine Trombonist; wonders never cease!
Jim Harris (Reserve)
Jim has played trombone in dance, R&B, rock groups and concert bands, but took 25 years off to run his own business. Now retired, we're glad he can play with us on occasion.
Gary Onstad (Reserve)
Gary can play the tenor sax quite well as he can the clarinet. He can also read our charts which is truly a plus with our group when he fills in.
Shermie Wiehe (Reserve)
Shermie, a retired Electronics Engineer, worked many years with sophisticated equipment in the South Pacific. Once in Hawaii he discovered an unoccupied piano which he skillfully played for grins. Although he continued his electronics career, he also played the piano at stops like the "Old Timer Irish Pub" near Boston, "The Broadmoor" in Colorado Springs, and the "Camelot Ballroom" in OP, KS. Now, a reservist for our group, he excels at what he does best ... play for grins!
Kami Ferrie (Euphonium Emeritus)
Kami was a charter member of the band and carried the tenor parts of the ensemble with strong presence and high quality. She was quite an asset to our band; however, she left to share her terrific horn blowing talents with other lucky folks. Thanks Kami for the time you spent with the band.
Bobby Tipp (Piano - Emeritus)
Bobby was the band's first piano player; she was a charter member and a dear friend. Bobby left the group several years ago due to an illness. That illness eventually took Booby away to play in Heaven's great musical ensemble. Bobby, God bless you.