Band Bios

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Plays ukulele, banjo and sings. Audrey schedules the Sunshiners and was instrumental in forming the band. She’s a native of Boston, Mass., but got to Texas fast as she could! She’s an active grandmother with a flair for design and costuming. She loves upbeat, snazzy, jazzy songs! Watch out! She’s got some new numbers that you’re going to love.

Pam

Is an accomplished musician who plays piano, mandolin, guitar, flute, bassoon, and sings, but also a busy mother of five. Somehow Pam makes “doing it all” look easy. Pam is our youngest member, meaning that she will keep our music alive for many years to come.

Bruce

It is with great sadness we say goodbye to Bruce. He passed away January 9, 2017. He was a mentor, great bandleader and friend to us all. We will miss him and his ever present smile.

Diane

A long time member, Diane is taking a sabbatical for a time. She is an active member of the Democratic party, and, unfortunately, musically challenged. Diane plays the washboard and an odd contraption called the Stumpf Fiddle. She also writes the restaurant review for the Heights Tribune. Be warned that her linen washboard has a pair of knockers. Though musically challenged, she has begun to sing and wow the crowd. The band really needs her percussive accents with all of her bells and whistles.

John O

Is a retired zoo keeper who taught art part time at the High School for Performing Arts. He began with the band as our “roadie”, but Bruce encouraged him to begin playing the uke. He is now hooked and has purchased several ukes. He even has become brave enough to sing.

Louise

Is one of the original band members but has had to step away from the band for a time due to health issues. She is a retired HPD officer who loves the Lord, her family, traveling and playing the ukulele in the band. Depending on the season, you may see her as a snowman, the Easter bunny or dancing around in a yellow polka-dot bikini which is pretty good for an 86 year old gal. She finds visiting with the audience after the shows very rewarding.

John F

Originally from Minnesota, John was surrounded by music as his older brother’s big band practiced at their home. He took up saxophone and began writing arrangements in seventh grade. In Brownsville High School and Rice University he continued to write, orchestrate, direct, and play a variety of music including stage bands, jazz, barbershop quartets, and choral music. He and his wife Jane led the “Sounds of Celebration” choir for nearly 20 years at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in Houston. A mechanical engineer, John still teaches industrial seminars and is active in oil industry organizations.

Nancy

Plays Baritone Ukulele and sings. Grew up singing in church and school choirs. Self-taught in the Uke via folk music of the 60’s. In 2014, while recouping her own health, Nancy rediscovered her love of playing the Uke and singing. Soon after, she happily accepted the opportunity to join the Sunshiners. After a 40-year career and a long illness, she finds being in the Sunshiners a wonderful gift to herself and says, “Bringing joy to others is an amazing experience which fills my heart.”

Ed

The husband of Jane, he has been involved in music since a young age. He plays multiple instruments, violin, sax – tenor and alto, bass guitar, piano, to name a few. He also assists the band by writing our music charts and has arranged several instrumental pieces to add to our repertoire. He is a mathematician by trade.

Jane

The wife of Ed she has now become our percussionist in Diane’s absence. She is learning to “keep the beat” and doing a fine job of it. She is an avid master gardener and has the most beautiful home garden. She is one busy lady keeping up her garden and keeping up with Ed.

Jan

Is our newest member and adds youth to our band. She is a physical therapist by trade and a closet ukulele player that has come out. Jan adds a bit of vamp to the band with her rendition of “These Boots are Made for Walkin.” She loves to sing and entertain and is a wonderful asset to the band.