Brian Casserly, who also goes by the name "Big B" plays trumpet, trombone and
is also a vocalist with the band. A professional musician since the age of 14,
Brian has played for many greats in the music business, including TonyBennett,
Tex Beneke, Stan Kenton, Chuck Berry and even Tiny Tim. He has also played the
prestigious Monterey Pops Festival for several years. An in-demand session
musician, Brian has performed in many commercials, recordings and musicals in
the U.S. and Canada and is the past musical director for the S.S. Admiral, a
riverboat on the St. Louis riverfront. After touring the U.S. and Europe for several
years with his own jazz band and a St. Louis-based blues band, he decided to
devote his musical talents entirely to traditional jazz, playing concerts and
festivals as well as recording with several St. Louis bands.
Tom Tucker began playing trumpet at age 11 under a
retired Marine bandmaster who Tommy says "still thought he was in the Marines."
He played in high school and college, did a 4-year tour in the Navy, then went into the finance and auto dealership business for 25 years. After Tommy sold the
dealership in 1987 and retired, he decided to get back into the music scene. He
started a band called "All That Jazz" and progressed from there, becoming a
fixture in the St. Louis traditional jazz scene.
Jerry Epperson's professional career began in 1959 performing in local dance bands,
and continued at Truman State University playing in traditional jazz and contemporary jazz
bands. He was fortunate enough to have the chance to meet Louis
Armstrong at this time. Trained in classical music, Jerry was a music
educator for several years, and was active in several area jazz bands.
During the late '60s, Jerry was aided by local legend Buddy Moreno in
getting established in the St. Louis area. During the past few years, he
has performed with The Dixieland Rhythm Kings, Bob Havens, New
Orleans' Wes Mix, and many others. Jerry makes frequent appearances
at jazz festivals, and performs regularly in the St. Louis area.
Brett Stamps has been the Director of Jazz Activities at Southern Illinois
University-Edwardsville since he initiated the Jazz Performance Degree in 1979. He
obtained his BA in Music from the College of William and Mary (1970) and his MM in
Studio Music and Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Miami (1975). He currently
holds the rank of Professor of Music. Brett performed, recorded and arranged for
the United States Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors (1970-1973), the Stan Kenton
Orchestra (1973-1974), and the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band (1974-1978)
before accepting a teaching position at Miami-Dade Community College New World
Center (1978-1979). St. Louis area performance credits include the Jim Widner,
Kim Portnoy, Mo Bottom and Gary Dammer Big Bands; Fox Theater & MUNY
Orchestras; the St. Louis Rivermen; Cornet Chop Suey, Legacy; Galaxy; the SIUE Jazz
Faculty; and various clinics, concerts and recordings (including his new CD release In
Your Own Sweet Way for Victoria Records). He directs the SIUE Concert Jazz Band
and teaches jazz combo, improvisation, arranging, trombone, education, and history.
Brett remains active as a composer/arranger and clinician. Past endeavors include
directing Missouri and Illinois All-State/All-District Jazz Bands, presenting trombone
ensemble masterclasses (USF), writing music commissioned by the IMEA, private
individuals and local schools, directing annual concerts of his original music at the
historic Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, writing for trombone quintet, touring
nationally with Cornet Chop Suey and the St. Louis Rivermen and
teaching/performing at the Jim Widner Band Camps.
Rick Zelle has been a freelance pianist/keyboardist in the St. Louis area since 1975.
He also teaches privately in his home and is on the faculty of The Community Music School of Webster University.
Rick can be heard on many recordings in various genres, including his own solo CD, “I’ve Got the World on a String” (2002). He has also had the opportunity to work with
legendary performers such as Danny Seraphine, Oliver, Doby Gray, Henny Youngman, Jim Chapin (two CDs), Tommy Dorsey Band, as well as opening for Chuck Berry,
Confederate Railroad, Frank Sinatra, Jr. and Maynard Ferguson.
Jay Hungerford received his degree in Music Education from SIU-C. He performs at jazz
festivals and clinics across the country. He has taught at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, Fontbonne College,
Meramac College, Missouri Baptist University and has been a member of the Webster University Jazz Faculty in St. Louis MO for over 2 decades.
Jay was acknowledged as "Best Local Bassist" by the Riverfront Times, St. Louis. Concerts include performances with Herb Ellis,
Mundell Lowe, Bill Charlap, Buddy Defranco, Richie Cole, Scott Hamilton, Chris Potter, Roger Williams, Vanessa
Rubin, Maynard Ferguson, Bill Watrous, Eddie Higgins, Warren Vache, Howard Alden, Ralph Sutton, Jay McShann,
Carl Fontana, Jake Hanna, Butch Miles, Grady Tate, Joe Ascione, Johnny Varro, Bob Draga, Mike Vax, Bobby Shew,
Tom Hook, The St Louis Symphony, including the Carnegie Hall premiere of William Bolcom’s “Songs of Innocence and
Experience.” Jay is also a member of the St. Louis "Fox Orchestra" and has performed with over 23 national tours.
He has over 60 recordings to his credit including 26 Integrity Worship recordings. Jay co-wrote, singing
legend, Patti Page's last top 100 hit song - "My Man Friday".
Using the exact methods and lesson
plans found in his book, Walking Jazz Lines For Bass, Jay has produced a variety of proteges who have since gone on to
acclaim and notoriety, not limited to Avishai Cohen (Chick Corea, International Vamp Band), Neil Caine
(Harry Connick, Jr.), and Justin Corgan (Devon Allman Project). Jay is a member of the worship team at Grace
Church in Maryland Heights, MO.
Dick "Spanky" Maley - Drums & Vocals, our newest member, was born in Washington, D.C.
He attended Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music in Winchester, Va.
After college Dick performed in the pit orchestra at ‘Kings Dominion” amusement park in Doswell, VA., and “Kings Island” amusement park in
Cincinnatti, OH. Dick moved to New Orleans, LA in 1978 at the ripe old age of 22, where he performed in many notable night clubs on
Bourbon Street with the “New Dixie Zing Kings” Dixieland show band. 1980 saw Dick move to Clearwater, Florida where he started honing in on his
jazz skills under the tutelage of many great jazz artists such as Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, Bill Allred, Tom Saunders, Chuck Hedges,
Henry Cuesta, John Davidson, Pieter Meijer Quartet, Bob Draga, Mike Vax, Bob Havens, Johnnie Varro, The Guy Lombardo Orchestra,
The Peter Graves Orchestra and Ms. Connie Haines, to name a few. Dick “Spanky” Maley presently resides in Lakeland, Fl. just outside
Orlando where he performed for the Walt Disney Company, as well as performing in many local and international jazz Festivals
with “Wally’s Warehouse Waifs” from Michigan. Dick currently performs in Florida with his 8 piece group “WYSIWYG” along with his 18
piece big band at local concerts and festivals.