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Rod

Roderick’s dynamic lead baritone has appeared in numerous musical theatre productions throughout the Austin area. They include DreamGirls, Five Guys Named Moe, Once On this Island, The Gospel At Colonus, Blues In The Night, Little Shop of Horrors, Ain’t Misbehaving, It Ain’t Nothing But The Blues, Porgy & Bess and most recently he played the dream role of Tom Collins in RENT. He won a  B. Iden Payne Awards for this role and added this to his other win for The Best Supporting Male Actor in a Musical for the Austin Circle of Theaters in 2004 . Aside from theatrical venues he can also be heard on several Disney Children’s albums as well as lending his talents to several local commercials. He has been with The Atlantics for the past 17 years helping build this into one of the best Bands in the State of Texas. Rod is also very actively involved in the music program at his church, Unity Church of the Hills in Austin, Texas. He obtained Vocal and Theatrical training while attending Southwestern University in Georgetown Texas

Courtney
Lead female vocalist Courtney rounds out this delicious duet with her versatile voice, engaging stage presence, and her winning smile. She has been an active part of the Austin Music Scene for more than a decade, and has performed with well known bands including The Atlantics, the Monster Big Band and her own jazz group. She is an Austin philanthropist and is the executive director of JONAH Ministry. She has graced the Austin theater stage in Blue Orpheus, Dreamgirls, Purlie, Gospel at Colonus, Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery, Fame, and most recently Porgy and Bess at the Austin Music Hall. She has an extensive list of local voice-overs, jingles, and studio work to her credit as well.

www.courtneysanchez.net

Joey

Currently Joey Colarusso is the Coordinator of Instrumental Music at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX. There he directs the SEU Jazz Ensembles and the Mariachi Ensemble in addition to teaching the music theory classes. Prior to teaching at St. Edward’s, Joey taught applied saxophone and clarinet at Prairie View A&M University. He received both his Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance and Master of Music in Jazz Studies degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. Able to play across many styles and genres as a saxophonist and woodwind doubler, Joey has performed and/or recorded with numerous great local and international artists including The Nova Saxophone Quartet, Austin Symphony, Austin Lyric Opera, John Mills Times Ten, Michael Feinstein, Kenny Rogers, Natalie Cole, Dick Dale, Olivia Newton John, Julie Budd, Aretha Franklin, Frankie Valli, The Temptations, Archie Bell and the Drells, W.C. Clark, Manhattan Transfer, Frank Sinatra Jr., Maureen McGovern, Tommy Tune, The Guy Lombardo Orchestra, Mike Stern, Bob Brookmeyer, Eddie Daniels, Conrad Herwig, Asleep at the Wheel, Dale Watson, Danny Levin, Charlie Sexton, Bernadette Peters, Donald Sinta, Grupo Fantasma, Rick Treviño, Little Joe y la Familia, Extreme Heat, Monster Big Band, The Tony Campise Big Band, The Creative Opportunity Orchestra and The United States Air Education Training and Command Band (Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio).

Rick

While earning his undergraduate degree in Jazz Studies at The University of Texas @ Austin, Rick performed and recorded with many jazz notables, including Michael Brecker. As a professional musician he has recorded and toured extensively with the Legends of Las Vegas as well as Grammy Award winning Little Joe y La Familia. When he is not performing with the Atlantics, he leads the Monster Big Band, an eighteen piece jazz ensemble.

www.monsterbigband.com

 

Winton

Winton Reynolds has been part of the San Francisco and Austin music scenes for 25 years. Winton began studying piano as a young boy while living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has toured throughout the US and Canada as accompanist for Rounder Records recording artist Carrie Newcomer and performs with his own jazz-fusion group in Austin and at festivals throughout the country. Winton Reynolds earned graduate degrees in Jazz Studies and Composition from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, IN. He is currently a Lecturer of Music Theory and Associate Director at the Butler School of Music, UT Austin.
 Fun Fact: Loves swimming! 

 

Mike B.

Longtime Austin funky guitarist Mike Barnes has been with The Atlantics since 1998. In his storied Austin career he has lent his talents to (besides The Atlantics): Extreme Heat, Steam Heat, Blue Millennium, Brother Magnum, Monster Big Band, Austin Jazz Band, and Mike Barnes Jazz.  He has recorded with: Extreme Heat (3 albums), Blue Millennium (2 albums), Brother Magnum (4 albums), and Bobby Kimball of Toto (1 album). In Mike’s tenure with The Atlantics, he has helped them achieve their dynamic, soulful sound.

www.mikebarnes.com

 

Evan

Evan has been a fixture on the Austin music scene for 20 years. Comfortable with both upright and electric bass helps keep Evan busy playing Jazz, Funk, Blues and Rock with some of Austin’s finest talent. Evan has performed, recorded or toured with the Late Sonny Bono, Mickey Gilley, Freddy Fender, Earl King, Marvin Stamm, Robert Goulet and many more notable stars.

 

 

 

Kevin

Originally from Cooperstown, NY, Kevin began drumming in high school band, studying with band director Joe Mone, a highly respected drummer/percussionist. Performing in Marching, Concert, and Jazz ensembles, he was selected for All-State bands, and later worked with Ed Marschilok, an educator from Upstate NY, where he earned the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and the National Association of Jazz Educators Award. Around that same time, he had the honor of spending the summer studying with the Philadelphia Philharmonic in Saratoga, NY. Formal study continued at the School of Music at Onondaga College in Syracuse. Since moving to Austin TX, performed and recorded with hundreds of bands, either locally or on the road, throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia… these include Hal KetchumEric JohnsonOmar & The Howlers, Archie Bell & the Drells, Rusty Wier, Coco MontoyaMontel Williams, and Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad. Several jobs with the Legends groups, the most recent as Musical Director for an overseas tour of Japan, Singapore and a month of shows on the island of Diego Garcia. Additionally, performed with Zach Scott theatre, Austin Pops, Dell’s JCAA, Ballet Austin and Austin Dancers Workshop for numerous productions. Member Percussive Arts Society, and Austin Federation Of Musicians Local 433. “Kevin puts the fatback in the greens” – Archie Bell . . . . . . Kevin uses Pro-Mark sticks…try a pair and you’ll see why.  www.kevinsticks.com


 

 

 
 
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