The House Band officially released its debut album this week to a large and enthusiastic crowd at the St. Columban Concert Series. They are such a great listening audience and a real treat to play for. Andrew Bishop, James Hughes, Mark Kieme, Walter White, Jimmy Smith, Ben Jannson, Mark Berger, Chris Smith, Paul Finkbeiner, Brandon Cooper, Matt Martinez, Steve Hunter, Gary Hellick, Jonathan Ovalle, Matt Henninger, Kris Kurzawa, and Bob Mervak played their asses off! Special thanks to the series staff and Penny Warmanen for the help.
A composer always treasures the opportunity to have his work performed by the caliber of talent and meticulous nature of the members of this band. My music is hard, but I write what I want and find the players who can pull it off with grace, style, and bravada. This was my philosophy with Saxomble, and it continues with the House Big Band.
Look for us to return to the Detroit scene very soon.