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Marty Knepp | Kevin Shaner | Anthony Villa

Marty Knepp
Marty Knepp
Percussion
In Memorium: Marty Knepp, drummer for Blue Moon Big Band from 2000-2015, left this world too soon (April 30, 2015). He remains a part of our family, and will be remembered as an exceptional musician, exemplary instructor, passionate musician, beloved father, devoted husband, and dear friend.

Formerly of Crofton, MD, Marty was a big Count Basie fan. He studied at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, and along the way discovered major influences such as Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Andy Narrell, Buddy Rich and Jack Dejohnette. Marty recalled playing with guitarist Larry Carlton at a sales meeting as one of his greatest musical memories, and claimed that, as a drummer, it was a blast to "kick" a big band! He was a tremendous factor in introducing new music to the band, primarily jazz and Latin-infused charts. He is remembered as one of the finest jazz and Latin drummers in the region. Marty also founded Big Band Caliente and the Marty Knepp Trio, and was a driving force in several other musical entities. "Peace and groove to you all."

WDCB tribute


* Band member 2000-2015


Kevin Shaner
Kevin Shaner
Bass
Kevin has been playing with Blue Moon since 2003. A steady bass player, he is also an exceptional trombonist and vocalist. He enjoys the music of Miles Davis and Bob James, and references "So What" as his favorite song. "There is a lot of power and excitement in a big band," says Kevin. "I enjoy being part of the driving force (the rhythm section) behind it." Among his best musical memories is singing Mahler's 8th Symphony with the Baltimore Symphony Chorus and Orchestra. By day, Kevin works for the Baltimore County Public School System as an Instrumental Music Teacher. He lives in Nottingham, MD.

* Band member since 2002




Anthony Villa
Anthony Villa
Piano
Anthony Villa bio forthcoming

* Band member since 2014






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