The Boys In The Band

(Career Highlights)

Don Smith - Lead Trumpet - Played with Harry James, Les Brown, Tex Beneke and in the NBC Studios TV Staff Orchestra. Don toured with Ann Margret for ten years.

Gary Halopoff - Lead Trumpet - Toured with Harry James (not the ghost band!), performed many dates with Les Brown, recorded with Ray Anthony, played with the Jack Sheldon Orchestra for 5 years (including dates at Merv Griffin's Coconut Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, and Merv Griffin's Resorts in Atlantic City), and played principal trumpet for Michael Crawford (Phantom of the Opera) on his first solo U.S. tour this past summer, and on his newly released live album.

Bob Summers - Jazz Trumpet - Played with Count Basie, Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson and Buddy Rich. Featured soloist on many big band and jazz CD's.

Peter Hollister -Trombone - Played with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra. Played in the Disneyworld Epcot Center Orchestra. Former Principal Trombonist for the Arkansas Symphony the Riverside County Philharmonic and the Desert Symphony.

Brian Bergstrom - Trombone - Played for Tony Bennet, Lena Horne and Tina Turner.

Rich Berkeley - Trombone - Toured the world as principle trombone with Yanni from1994-1998 as well as tours with many other great bands including Maynard Ferguson.

Roger Bissell - Trombone - Currently employed at Disneyland, Roger was a member of Boots Randolph's orchestra for five years and the Don Miller orchestra for nine years and has played bass trombone in Les Elgart's band on numerous occasions. His arranging credits include an album of 19th century folk music for National Geographic Society, a big band jazz album for the Louis Brown orchestra, pops orchestra arrangements for Glenn Campbell and the Oak Ridge Boys, and numerous arrangements for Boots Randolph, Don Miller, Tex Beneke, Reunion (formerly the Lettermen), and the Opryland, Circus World, and Disneyland theme parks.

John Leys - Bass Trombone - First professional job was playing with the Buddy Rich Band. John toured with Buddy for about three years in the early '70s and also toured briefly with the Harry James Band, the Seals & Crofts group the Righteous Bros and Andy Williams. Played in the orchestra for the "Star Trek" television shows for approx. the past nine years, including "The Next Generation", "Deep Space Nine" and "Voyager". Worked on "Phantom of the Opera" with Michael Crawford, Robert Guiame and Davis Gaines, "Cabaret" with Joel Gray, "Sugar" with Joe Namath and Robert Morse, "The King and I" with Yul Brynner and most some touring with Yanni.

Ted Pethes - Alto Sax - Worked with Ralph Marterie, Billy May and Ray Anthony. Played with the Chicago Symphony, Coachella Valley Symphony and in the NBC - TV Staff Orchestra.

Don Rice - Jazz Tenor Sax - Worked with The Four Freshman, Herb Jeffries, The McGuire Sisters, Pied Pipers and The Modernaires. Appeared with his own quartet in the Jazz at the Annenberg concert series and the Earl Hagen jazz concert series at Morning Side Country Club.

Ken Dahleen - Jazz Tenor Sax - Leader of "Big Band Staff". Released two jazz CD's. Played with Teddy Wilson and performed at many jazz festivals in the Southern California area. Has listened to many bands listed by others in this Bio!

Norm Smith - Jazz Tenor Sax - Has played with many top big bands and has recently joined The Ted Herman Band.

Alex Roseff - Baritone Sax - Played with Harry James and Ray McKinley. Did motion picture studio work with Barbra Streisand, Goldie Hawn, Lisa Minelli, Gene Kelly and Robert De Niro.

Bill Kennerly - Piano And Arranger - Performed with Helen O'Connell, Della Reese, Frankie Laine, Johnny Ray, Kenny Rogers, Jack Sheldon, Marilyn King, Tony Martin, John Gary, Kay Starr, Ron Stout, Senator Eugene Wright, Red Norvo, and many other wonderful musicians and entertainers. Played with many famous big bands and jazz groups during his music career.

Jeff Stover - Bass - Performed with The Smothers Brothers, Bob Crosby, Bobby Vinton, Debbie Gibson and Marie Osmond. Played in over 100 Broadway shows, and on national tours such as The Secret Garden, The New Grease, The Will Rogers Follies. Music instructor at Riverside Community College and author of The Bass Players Book. Web Site at

Dave Tull - Drums - Has toured and recorded with the Maynard Ferguson and Steve Allen Big Bands. Performed with Bill Watrous, Jack Sheldon, Buddy Greco and Les Brown. Works regularly with groups led by Paul Smith, Joe Masimino, Cecelia Coleman and a long list of Southern California's finest jazz musicians.

Ron Dunn-Jones - Has played with Don Ellis, The Osmonds, Ray Charles among others. Currently living in Palm Springs and playing with The Ted Herman Orchestra and in many local night clubs and concert stages.




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