Band Bios

audreyAudrey

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.

John O

Is a retired zookeeper and taught art parttime at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts. He is a Ukulele player and has a small collection. He is not much of a singer but is presently taking tips from his granddaughter and the other Sunshiner professionals. John has been a member of the band for 12 years and enjoys the bright lights and roar of the crowds.

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 member who 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 “Big Spender.” She loves to sing and entertain and is a wonderful asset to the band.

Lucy

Lucy Worrell has a great love of music and theater. She has directed and worked with children’s choirs and has sung with the United Nations Choir and the Singing Belles Women’s Ensemble. She joined the Sunshiners Band after seeing a recent performance. She plays ukulele, guitar, and piano.

Doug

Doug is our newest band member and plays a mean bass. He has been in bands his entire life and doesn’t just play the guitar and bass. While in high school, he made first chair trombone in the Oklahoma All State Band for four years. Quite a talented guy.