I have made my living as a professional actor/musician for my entire life. I have performed and recorded in a variety of locations around the world. I specialize in cocktail piano and small jazz ensembles for private parties, corporate events, and country clubs. A partial client list includes Country Clubs of America, Hewlitt-Packard, General Motors, Northwest Airlines, Mitsubishi, The Press Club of Washington D.C., Ford Motor Company, Sony, Masco, K-Mart, Mackinac Island, NCL, Ritz-Carleton, Chrysler, Oceania Cruise Line, Radisson, and many others. The various Country Clubs, Yacht Clubs, Fine Dining Restaurants, and Hotels in which I have performed are too numerous to mention. Over the years, I have taught privately on Piano, Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute. I have a BA in Theatre and an MA in Performing Arts. I have lived in San Francisco, New York City, Vienna (Austria), and Miami Beach. I have recently relocated to the Vancouver area & Pacific Northwest.
THE NINES are all about dotting their "i's" crossing their "t's" and kicking some serious "a's". Super fun 5 piece band specializing in fabulous weddings, amazing corporate events and high end club dates. Indeed, THE NINES are a seriously fun party band. They will take you through the sounds of 70‘s to current hits. Studio 54 funk, synth pop, party rock, THE NINES cover it all. Versatility is THE NINES strong suit. If it’s a fun party song THE NINES do it. With WORLD CLASS male and female lead vocals THE NINES are able to recreate all the hits you love! In delivering unforgettable classics to the hits you forgot you knew, THE NINES will blow you away with their high energy and pure professionalism. Not many bands can go from LMFAO, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Maroon 5 to Earth Wind and Fire. THE NINES will have you dancing the night away! They also can work with each situation to add a few special requests in the mix. Your guests will be talking about your event long after it is done! Most certainly, THE NINES will make your event a night to remember!
Benjamin Heller is a classical guitarist in the Seattle area. He has been playing guitar for almost 14 years and has spent the last four years studying under Julian Catford. Benjamin Heller recently graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a degree in Music Recording Technology. Throughout his college career he took private instruction lesson in classical guitar, as well as a couple years studying Jazz under Julian Catford. Ben also participated in the Jazz Big Band, with whom he performed at the Triple Door and other venues around Seattle. In addition to singing in the Men's choir, he accompanied their performance at Benaroya in December of 2009. He is now emerging in the Seattle area as a performer.
Renegade Train is a Gig Harbor based, traditional country swing band playing many of the 70's & 80's hits by such folks as Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, The Oak ridge Boys, and....Well, you get the idea. We are not stuck there however, we also perform some of the newer works by Alan Jackson, The Mavericks, Josh Turner, George Strait and Travis Tritt. But no matter what we play it is all danceable from a slow waltz to line dancing, swing and two-step. Renegade Train has appeared at benefits, clubs, casinos, summer festivals and private parties throughout Western Washington. Formed in 2008 by former MGM & Columbia recording artist Donn Allard on guitar and vocals, the band includes Alex Cantor on Bass and Vocals - Jim Barker on Drums - and Mark Wuestoff on Pedal Steel Guitar. All of these folks have 'cut their teeth" on all kinds of music throughout the Pacific Northwest over the last few decades but NOW it's "COUNTRY"