On the Bass:
DIK HEDLUND Bassist and former member of the Al Jarreau and Bonnie Raitt touring bands, Dik is one of the most requested recording and performing musicians in the area. A former bassist with the Doug Maynard Band, the Rupert’s Orchestra, Synergy and currently with the Blues Book and the Freier Department, Dik continues to perform with the best, including national tours with Prairie Home Companion’s Garrison Keillor, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddly, Sam & Dave, Jackie Wilson, The Shirells and Martha & the Vandellas. Together with his son Jordan, they own and operate LOUD NEIGHBORS SOUND, an audio production company that specializes in music composition, sound design and recording for radio, television, CD albums and film. They have created special music for Minnesota Twins Baseball, IDS, Radisson Hotels International, 3M, DuPont, Northwest Airlines, Minnesota History Center and The Science Museum of Minnesota.
On the Keyboards:
JORDAN HEDLUND Performing on piano, bass and drums, Jordan has played with some of the finest musicians and groups in the Midwest, including VocalEssence under Philip Brunelle, Minneapolis All Star Jazz Band, UMD Vocal Jazz, Synergy and The Casablanca Orchestra. A recipient of the Louis Armstrong Award for outstanding musical performance, Jordan has been devoted to playing and performing music of the highest quality. Jordan’s latest adventure has him leading the Red Wine Trio along with bassist Matt McIntyre and vocalist extrordinaire Elyse Jones, performing at The Bank in the Westin Hotel and Gluek’s in downtown Minneapolis. As a composer, Jordan’s original compositions can be heard on exhibits and presentations currently running across the United States, as well as locally at U of M McNamara Alumni Center, Landmark Center, and on KBEM Jazz 88.
On the Drums:
David Schmalenberger recently performed on drumset/percussion with the Minnesota Orchestra, Cantus, Connie Evingson, the Steeles, Garrison Keillor, the Childrens Theatre Company, and cabaret legend Marilyn Maye. Schmalenberger also recently recorded with trumpeter Chuck Lazarus, the Laura Caviani trio with Chris Bates, vocalist Vicky Mountain, and the Bill Simenson Jazz Orchestra. He received his DMA in Percussion Performance and World Music from West Virginia University, Master of Music Degree in Orchestral Percussion from the University of Michigan, and Bachelors Degree in Jazz Studies from Capital University. David is currently an adjunct faculty member at Augsburg University and Anoka Ramsey Community College, and he endorses Paiste cymbals and Premier drums.
On the Saxophone
Rich Manik - is a freelance musician, arranger and recording artist living in the Twin Cities. He performs on all woodwinds and keyboard with many local and national artists in a variety of musical styles from symphonic to contemporary popular music. Some of the pop artists Rich has performed with include, The Temptations, The Four Tops and Kenny Rodgers. Additionally, Rich has had the opportunity to perform with some well-known jazz musicians such as Clark Terry, and Jack McDuff. Rich has extensive experience performing in and touring with productions of, The 1940’s Radio Hour and A Little Night Music and when possible, continues to tour with local and national artists. His continuing performance experiences include recording sessions for radio and television, pit orchestras and as a featured guest artist / clinician and conductor. Some recent performances include; 18th Annual So the World May Hear Gala with Grace VanderWaal, the Twin Cities Jazz Fest, Lower Town Funk and Blues Festival & Rainy Days and Mondays; A Tribute to the Music of The Carpenters. Rich has been an adjunct instructor of music at a variety of colleges and universities and is currently an adjunct instructor at St. Cloud State University, The Institute for Production and Recording & Western Wyoming Community College. Rich has earned a B.M. in Jazz Performance from Duquesne University and a Master of Music Degree from Boston University.
On the Guitar
Chris Olson- go to Chris's website to learn more about this amazing guitarist.
On the Trumpet
Adam Rossmiller- go to Adam's website to learn more about this fantastic trumpet player.