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Sax / Soprano Sax / Bass Clarinet / Clarinet / Flute
One of the band's first
members, Chris Poole has played bari sax, lead
and second tenor, lead and second alto, soprano, flute, clarinet,
bass clarinet, and even drums (some guys just can't hold a job).
A resident of Stewartstown, PA, Chris has also helped with studio
direction on Blue Moon's CD projects and has arranged some of
the band's music. His favorite song is "My Way"
and he is a big Count Basie fan and also an Elvis Presley fanatic.
When asked why he wanted to be in a big band, Chris simply responded,
"Doesn't everyone?" His greatest musical memory was
soloing at the age of 13 without a clue of what he was doing
-- it's too easy to comment on that one! He is an orchestra director
for the Maryland Summer Center for the Arts and is a graduate
of Towson University where he holds both B.A. and M.S. degrees
in Music Education. Chris also serves as full-time band director
at Susquehannock High School in PA.
* Band member since 1998
Sax / Clarinet / Flute
Eric Wetzel has been playing saxophone for over
20 years (looks like he started at age 2!). Originally inspired
by his uncle, saxophonist Neil Wetzel (director of Jazz Studies
at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA), Eric also studied with
Mike Trach, Nelson Hill (protege of Phil Woods), and Ron Bridgewater.
He has performed in both the U.S. and Europe with bands such
as the Todd Rent Quartet, Miavana Latin Jazz, Mr. Joe, and the
Inverted World Trio. Eric was also musical director for Adelante,
the premier salsa orchestra in Champaign, IL, while playing sax
and bass for the band. In 2002, with collaborator Dan Auerbach,
he released the 10-track pop cd "Better than Eggnog",
followed by 2003's "Six More Weeks of Winter." Eric
enjoys listening to Mingus, Kenton, Basie, and Woods. A resident
of Baltimore, MD, he is employed as an engineer with the U.S.
* Band member since 2003
Sax / Clarinet / Flute
Joe Sullivan joined Blue Moon Big Band early in
2007, just in time to be part of the band's fifth CD, The
Polar Bear's Pajamas. He's one of those guys who will quietly
do his job, not miss any gigs, and subtly make you realize he's
a fantastic, versatile player. With one of the sweetest tones
on tenor that the band has ever had (along with Kate Lodowski),
Joe is a great section player and a fine soloist.
A resident of Sykesville, MD, Joe enjoys the music of Artie Shaw,
Duke Ellington, and Don Ellis, to name a few. His favorite tune
is "Jumpin' at the Woodside," which the band coincidentally
recorded on its first album in 1998. He says he has enjoyed big
band music since first hearing it in his early teens, and feels
fortunate to be able to play it now. Among Joe's greatest memories
is climbing Pike's Peak and enjoying the snowfall in July 2007.
During the day, Joe teaches band and orchestra for the Carroll
County Maryland School System.
* Band member since 2007