MEET OUR BAND
Dick Whitbeck - Musical Director
Dick Whitbeck's versatility as a musical director was developed through vast experience as a music producer, composer, arranger, conductor, and trumpet player working in theater, nightclubs, the concert stage, recording studios and on the "corporate entertainment scene".
Mary Jane Alm - Vocalist
Mary Jane Alm has been a mainstay in the Twin Cities music scene for over three decades. This award winning vocalist has always made music that spans across many genres, from sensitive singer‐songwriter to blues to country to current pop and rock and roll.
Gevonee Ford - Vocalist
As a first call singer and actor, Gevonee has shared his gift of song across the Country and throughout the world, sharing the stage with artists such as Natalie Cole, Michael McDonald, Tower of Power, The Temptations and many others.
Jana Anderson - Vocalist
Jana Anderson is one of the original singers of “Synergy” and still looks forward to every top notch show with this top notch band. In addition to Synergy, from 2003-2010, Jana toured all over Europe, Australia and the U.S. as a backup singer to Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks.
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Mike Dripps - Keyboards
Keyboardist Michael Dripps began his musical life at age 6 learning piano. Of all his siblings who took piano lessons, it was Michael who was constantly being asked to stop playing at 10 p.m.
Gwen Matthews - Vocalist
From Stevie Wonder, Kenny Rogers, members of Earth Wind and Fire and numerous others, Gwen has recorded with the best. She has performed at the famed “Montreal Jazz Festival” in Canada and the “Fleur de France Festival” in Paris, and, was featured in festivals and concerts throughout Europe with The Denis Colin Trio.
Ethan Freier - Trombone and Arranger
Ethan Freier (b. 1964) is a distinguished band director, writer, arranger, and freelance trombonist. Freier is a band director in the Northfield school district in Northfield, Minnesota. He has been teaching there since 1999.
Dave Mendenhall - Bass
Dave has spent 33 years as a music educator in Apple Valley, MN. His jazz ensembles and concert bands have played at numerous festivals and conventions earning outstanding recognition by educators and clinicians alike.
Eric Plotts - Guitar
Eric later attended UW-Eau Claire, where he played as an oboist in the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band, and as a guitarist in their Jazz Ensembles. During this time, Eric began an 8 year summer tenure as a guitarist at Valleyfair Amusement Park.
Rich Manik - Saxophones
Rich - is a freelance musician and recording artist living in the Twin Cities area since 1988. He currently performs on saxophones, clarinets & flutes and keyboard in a variety of musical styles from symphonic to contemporary popular music.