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Bob can provide beautiful live music for your cocktail party, wedding ceremony or reception. As a soloist he can play music on the guitar, flute, harmonica and banjo. Bob can play any type of music (within reason) from Classical, Jazz to Pop and Rock at reasonable volumes and still provide a great backdrop for your affair. If you want male or female vocalists he works with some of the best singers in the area: Kirsten Tegtmeyer, Connie Patti and Bernie McNabb.
Christian Duo John Spillett
John’s Christian Duo is a Christian music group formed in 1990 with the goal to glorify God through music. The group performs original and contemporary arrangements of sacred and secular hymns. The group also performs traditional wedding ceremony music such as well as popular wedding ceremony music. Music performed includes a wide spectrum of styles including classical, jazz, pop, gospel, and holiday music. The Christian Duo has performed at wedding ceremonies, church liturgies, funeral services, and concerts in numerous Syracuse area churches as well as at wedding receptions, holiday parties, and private events.
Jazz-Pop Duo John Spillett
John’s Jazz/Pop Duo is a versatile, straight-ahead jazz group with stellar jazz pianist Andrew Carroll and others. The group performs jazz standards from the Great American Songbook encompassing a wide spectrum of styles including swing, Latin, ballad, bebop, blues, modal, and contemporary. The Jazz Duo has performed at over 300 professional engagements throughout Central New York including restaurant engagements, wedding reception cocktail hours, wine tastings, fundraisers, jazz festivals, jazz concerts, private events, and corporate functions.
Clarinet John Friedrichs
From 1984 until 2011, John Friedrichs held the position of Bass Clarinet and Assistant First Chair Clarinet with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. Friedrichs attended the Eastman School of Music earning a degree in Music Performance as well as a Performer’s Certificate. While at Eastman he studied with D. Stanley Hasty. In addition to Friedrichs’s current duties with Musical Associates of Central New York, he also performs with the Society for New Music, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and Rochester Philharmonic. He also performs extensively with the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra, recently performing at the Royal Opera House of Muscat in Oman.
"Music and Musket: The Role of Music in the American Civil War" illustrates the vital role of Army musicians during one of the most pivotal episodes of American history, the Civil War. Bandleader and musical instrument collector Jeff Stockham brings the sights and sounds of the conflict to your classes, using rare original instruments and artifacts from the 1861-1865 period to perform the bugle, drum, fife, and band music that was essential to the everyday routine of Civil War troops. This unique program brings the music and daily experiences of the Civil War soldier to life.
Kelly J. Covert is Visiting Instructor of Flute at Syracuse University. Ms. Covert performs around the country in solo and chamber music concerts. She has played with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Opera, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, Syracuse Society for New Music, Ensemble X, Red House Theater, and other chamber groups and has taught at Ithaca College and Oswego State University. Ms. Covert has developed a workshop for flutists that uses yoga as a medium to attain better focus and energy during performance and help prevent injury. Ms. Covert attended University of Georgia and Ithaca College where she received her B.M. and M.M. in flute performance. Accepting work w/in 120 miles of Syracuse.
Guitar Todd Hobbin
“There is one Bruce Springsteen and one Todd Hobin....they both played the same way in front of entirely different audiences...but I left with the same impression.” - Mark Razz, Music Director, 92.5XTU Philadelphia's Country Station I’ve seen Bruce Sprinsteen, Elton John, Billy Joel, Dan Fogelberg and Styx in concert (some of my favorites). I’ve also seen the Stones, the Police, the Who, Dylan (three times), and many more. Todd’s concert was up there as one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. He sounded perfect, in great voice, playing guitar and grand piano.” - Big Mike Fiss of Sunny 102
Guitar Bob Piorun
John has over 30 years of professional performing experience as a solo performer and as a saxophone soloist with many of Central New York’s finest professional bands. John’s Solo music is highly diversified covering a wide spectrum of musical styles. Solo saxophone engagements have included, wedding ceremonies, church liturgies, funeral services, post funeral gatherings, and charitable fundraisers including a performance in the 'jazz cigar tent" at the Landmark Theatre Palace Gala. John is available as a solo performer or soloist in the following formats: • Solo saxophone (unaccompanied) • Saxophone soloist with your piano, organ or guitar accompanist.
Trumpet Glenn Roberts
Glenn Roberts plays trumpet regularly as associate principal trumpet with the Northern Symphonic Winds. He has also performed with the Orchestra of Northern New York, and for various choral festival orchestras throughout the St. Lawrence County area. Equally proficient in pit orchestras as well as concert band settings and orchestral music, he has performed as principal trumpet in 3 productions of the Community Performance Series summer musicals and in pit orchestras for many area high schools. He is also available to play church services. Glenn has a BM in music education and MM in trumpet performance from the Crane School of Music.
Trumpet Jeff Stockham
Trumpeter/French hornist Jeff Stockham is a 1982 graduate of the Eastman School of Music. Charter member, CNY Jazz Orchestra. Tour experience: US with Les Miserables; Europe and Africa with blues legend Jimmy Johnson; Europe, Israel, and US with Thelonius Monk Jr.'s "Monk on Monk" big band; Europe with George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, a top European jazz ensemble. His experience in Jazz, Classical, Commercial, Funk, Soul, R&B, Big Band, and Historical styles makes him a mainstay in the region’s bands and studios. Performed on over 50 recordings by regional artists, including several award-winning CDs. Distance willing to travel: Varies