Missy, Lead Female Vocals
Missy was born in the great state of Ohio – Go Buckeyes! She grew up in a military family and eventually ended up in Wisconsin. Her mother was a professional opera singer and started vocal lessons for Missy and her siblings at a very young age. She has been involved in musical theater and has sung in bands her entire adult life She has loved big band music ever since she was a child dancing on her father’s feet in the living room.
Dennis, Baritone Saxophone
Dennis has been playing the sax for as long as he can remember….maybe two or three weeks…. really, more like 40 years! His favorite artists include Paul Desmond, Gerry Mulligan, Sonny Stitt, Jimmy Giuffre. When he’s not gigging with SCB, he also plays in Main Street Big Band and in a small classic rock band called Phat Tuesday. Dennis recently retired from teaching high school chemistry and biotech for 30 years, most of those in Waterloo, WI. His biggest fans are his wonderful wife, Cathy and three boys: Dylan, Lennon and Isaac.
Gail, Alto Saxophone
Gail has 31 years of music teaching experience and is active with the East Troy Community Band, the New Berlin Community Band, the New Berlin Jazz Players, the Milwaukee American Legion Band, the Oconomowoc American Legion Band, the Waukesha Area Symphonic Band, and the Watertown Area Chamber Orchestra. She also serves as the Director of Voices of Praise and Orchestra for Immanuel Lutheran of Lebanon. When she’s not taking the stage, she teaches ballet, tap, jazz and pointe for the Oconomowoc and Watertown Park and Recreation Departments.
Kristen, Alto Saxophone
Kristen’s interest in music began at the age of 7 with piano lessons. In the 6th grade, she took up the saxophone and never looked back. She went on to earn a degree in Music Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kristen studied with some very talented musicians while in college, including Les Thimmig, Richard Davis, and Jim Doherty. Now, Kristen keeps busy playing with various groups around Madison and nearby cities. From classical, to funk, to jazz, she loves performing and teaching whenever possible. Check out her website!
Jerry, Tenor Saxophone
Jerry started playing the clarinet and saxophone at age 4. His first paying gig was at age 12 and he has been at it ever since. Over the years Jerry has appeared with many top Milwaukee bands performing everything from jazz, to polkas, to Mozart. Jerry performed with The Skip Wagner Show in 2010 and 2011, and is also a member of The Golden Eagles Concert Band, the Command Performance dance band and the Milwaukee Hot Club gypsy jazz combo.
Tom, Tenor Saxophone
Tom has been playing saxophone for 23 years and is a high school music teacher. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL and a Master’s Degree in Conducting from American Band College (Sam Houston State University).
Sam has been with Swingin’ Company B since summer 2012. His playing career includes principal trumpet for 5 years with the Milwaukee Letter Carrier’s Band, lead trumpet for 4 years with the Metro Milwaukee Community Concert Band, and has also played with Jack Farina’s Big Band, Beloit College Jazz Ensemble, and Beloit College Concert Band. Sam is also a private trumpet instructor. His favorite styles of jazz music are swing and samba. His favorite jazz musicians include Benny Goodman, Menard Furguson, Miles Davis, Bob Baca, and Dominic Spera.
Josh has been a band director since 2001 and is always looking for new and exciting ways to help students make emotional connections with music and their instruments. Josh is also a Trumpet player and Recording NCO in the 132nd Army Band in Madison. He has been performing with the Army Band around Wisconsin and around the world since 1996. In his “spare time,” Josh enjoys relaxing with a great movie, shooting pool and making his own wine.
When he’s not performing with Swingin’ Company B, Steve sings and plays trombone, bass, guitar and some keyboards with the Milwaukee Shrine dance and rock bands. He also sings and plays bass guitar in a blues band. Steve has been singing tenor and bass with his church choir for about 30 years, and sings and plays guitar or bass with the youth and other small groups at the church. He enjoys most kinds of music, especially jazz. Fixing up guitars and audio equipment is a longtime hobby.
David earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1984 and a Master’s Degree of Music Education from the VanderCook College of Music in 1994. Prior to joining Swingin’ Company B, he was a band director with the School District of Fort Atkinson for 11 years, a band director with the School District of Cambridge for 8 years, and a band director with the Port Edwards School District for 3 years. Currently he is very active with the Fort Atkinson Community Theatre, the Jefferson Council for the Performing Arts, the Watertown Community Theatre and the Phoenix Players in Watertown, WI. David and his wife Cheryl have been married for 28 years and reside in Fort Atkinson, WI. with their dogs Mia and Lucy.
**We also feature Lisa on Trombone, her bio is coming soon!**
Tristan is a music teacher for the West Allis/West Milwaukee School District where he teachers choir, band, and general music; he is also the music director at Chris United Methodist Church. Before his current position,Tristan taught in the Richfield School District, Muskego-Norway School District, and South Milwaukee School District. He has also taught private voice and piano lessons in Kenosha and Waterford and was the music director at Delavan United Methodist Church. Tristan has performed on percussion and piano in various choirs, bands and orchestras at the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin, Milwaukee Public Schools and Milwaukee Choral Artists.
With over 20 years of music experience, both live and studio, Aaron has had the privilege of studying with many jazz luminaries including Nick Schneider, Jeff Campbell, Karyn Quinn, and Orbert Davis. During the mid to late 1990’s, Aaron lived just steps away from the famous Jazz Showcase in Chicago where he personally met many of his jazz idols including the late great Ray Brown.
John Carr, Drums
John started out carrying his dad’s drums around for eight years. When he was 12, he got to set them up and play them himself. He has played nearly every style imaginable, including a year in Ireland playing country and western music. But, to this day, his true love remains hauling gear around. John has played with a number of artists, including The Subcontinentals, Blue in the Face, the Swingin’ Kools, Chuck Hedges, Pat McCurdy, Mike Fredrickson, and John Sieger.