westbrook  musicians


Classic Rock & Roll and Pop Music for your Party or Event

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About Us

The musicians

Experienced, talented, and seasoned musicians and vocalists who are reliable and who will be responsive to the needs of your party or event.

Our history

One of four clubs comprising the Westbrook Village Performing Arts Council (PAC), the band and the lady singers are an outgrowth of the Westbrook Village  Musicians Club. The band and the ladies have performed at large stage events, car shows, block parties, dinner dances, pool parties, special events, and holiday gatherings at Westbrook Village and similar events and class reunions throughout the greater Phoenix area.

Our sound

The band plays everyone's favorite classic rock & roll songs from the 50's, 60's, 70's, and 80's. Country Swing music is also available for Line Dancing. Check out our sample playlist. It's not only a trip down memory lane, but also a sample list of some of the best popular music ever written and recorded.

More about the musicians

Steve Thorne

KEYBOARD, BASS, GUITAR & VOCALS

Steve was introduced to music in the woodwind section of  school band in the 4th grade. At the age of 14, he taught himself to play guitar. Based on his knowledge of basic music and chord theory, he also began playing the piano and keyboards and spent much of his early college life playing and singing rock & roll and folk music for campus audiences. It was also during college that he formed his first rock & roll band. He has been playing with bands continuously since then. Steve is the Westbrook Musicians Club President and band leader and enjoys playing with the group, as it inspires him to continue to improve his skills and just have a good time. Steve also performs regularly with another band at the Bistro in Westbrook Village.

Bill Chism

LEAD GUITAR, BASS & VOCALS

Bill started out as a Seattle area guitarist who has been studying guitar since September 1961. Since moving to Arizona in late 2016, he plays with the Westbrook Musicians and as a soloist. With the Westbrook Musicians, Bill plays lead guitar and does some vocals. As a soloist, he plays both the melody and chords together with a style similar to Chet Atkins. His repertoire is a blend of jazz and pop. This style enables him to play as a solo instrument as well as with a varity of other musicians. He plays an amplified electric classical guitar. As a soloist, Bill has recorded two CDs, one of which was played on Muzak and the other a Christmas CD that received extensive airplay on Seattle KWJZ, a smooth jazz station. Bill has appeared on KIRO TV's Northwest Afternoon, performed at a wedding in Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman's Malibu residence, has toured as a backup musician in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Latvia, and most of North America.

Bill Wolfe

RHYTHM GUITAR & VOCALS

Singing since the 4th grade and playing in bands since the folk music revolution in the early 1960's, Bill has performed at the Cedar Point  Amusement Park, with the Marine Band at the U.S. Capital, at the White House, the New York World's Fair, with the Harlem Globetrotters, and at military bases and other venues  throughout Europe. He was a backup singer for Brenda Lee and the Lennon Sisters at the Ohio State Fair. He received a college vocal scholarship, ultimately becoming a top-40 disk jockey and television producer before moving into emergency management. Bill was a music director at the St. James Parish in Glendale, Arizona for over 25 years. He has performed extensively as a solo artist and with bands in the Phoenix area, including with his own band, Class Reunion, at the first ever AZ Cardinals Tailgate Party.

John Worden

BASS

John began his music career at the age of ten, playing the trombone in his grade school band. He continued playing trombone in high school as part of the marching band, the concert band, and the jazz band. After high school he continues to play for holiday services at several churches in the Detroit, Michigan area. He didn't begin play the bass guitar until he was eighteen. Unfortunately, the demands of college and family left him little time to pursue the bass for several years. That has now changed with him  becoming part of the Westbrook Musicians where he can gain back his skills and have fun with music again.

Jeff Strickman

DRUMS

Jeff is a Brooklyn, N.Y. native who began playing the drums in 1958. He performed for 4 summers at various hotels and resorts in the Catskill Mountains during the early 1960's before spending  time in the U.S. Army from 1965-1967. Jeff was a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service for 9 years in Brooklyn and 32 years in Phoenix. He takes credit for never going "postal" during those 41 years, and only came close on one occasion. He has two sons, both of whom he considers to be smarter than their father. Having played at a few weddings and Bar Mitzvahs along the way before  becoming involved in the Westbrook Village Players, he has been doing some acting for the last few years. Jeff got back into music recently as part of the Westbrook Village Music Club. He blew the dust off his drums and is glad to be back with a band.

Sue Friess, Linda Hofman, Sharon Witthuhn, Debbie Gibson, Joanne Wlosek

VOCALS

Sue, Linda, Sharon, Debbie, and Joanne are active members of the Westbrook Village Musicians Club and often appear at events with the band.  

-Sue Friess began playing piano at age 9, sang in the school choir, likes to sing karaoke and especially enjoys singing in the WBV Musicians Club.

-Linda Hofman is an Arizona native  with a love of music that began at a very early age and that continues today. She has played the piano and the clarinet and sung in her church choir. Linda enjoys singing with the WBV Musicians.

-Sharon Witthuhn sang with her school chorus and the Village Voices, where she was also the librarian for several years. She also enjoys singing karaoke. Additionally, she built her own dulcimer, has played the autoharp and has taken organ lessons. She loves music and singing with the WBV Musicians Club.

-Debbie Gibson has been singing since she was a young girl in both church and school choirs. She also took piano lessons for a brief time. She has been a member of the Village Voices for the past 11 years is currently their president. She is also president of the Westbrook Village Performing Arts Council. She is having fun learning the band's music and performing with the club.

-Joanne Wlosek moved from Chicago to Arizona 2 years ago. Her music and performing background began in grade school and continued through high school. She is a member of the Village Voices and now splits her time singing with the Westbrook Village Musicians Club. She sums up the fun she is having by saying, "I can't believe I'm singing with a band."  

Sample Playlist

Music for every occasion

Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison

Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett

You're Sixteen - Johnny Burnette / Ringo Starr

Bye, Bye Love - Everly Brothers

All My Loving - Beatles

Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Love Potion #9 - Clovers / Searchers

I Saw Her Standing There - Beatles

Sleep Walk - Santo & Johnny

That'll Be the Day - Buddy Holly

Locomotion - Little Eva/Grand Funk Railroad

Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding

Walk Don't Run - Ventures

Margarittaville - Jimmy Buffett

Another Saturday Night - Sam Cook

Under the Boardwalk - Drifters

Twist and Shout - Isley Brothers / Beatles

Let's Twist Again - Chubby Checker

Runaway - Del Shannon

Calendar Girl - Neal Sedaka

Who'll Stop the Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Burning Love - Elvis Presley

On the Road Again - Willie Nelson

Save the Last Dance for Me - Drifters

Ob La Di Ob La Da - Beatles

Cheeseburger in Paradise - Jimmy Buffett

Do Wa Diddy - Manfred Mann

Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Wild One - Bobby Rydell

Good Luck Charm - Elvis Presley

Peaceful Easy Feeling - Eagles

City of New Orleans - Arlo Guthrie

When I'm 64 - Beatles

Hey, Good Lookin" - Hank Williams

Tequila - Champs

Old Time Rock & Roll - Bob Seger

Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry

Hello Mary Lou - Ricky Nelson

Performance Dates

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Private birthday party - Scotland Hills - Westbrook Village - Peoria, Arizona - Time TBD 

Friday, December 7, 2018

 Westbrook Village Nine Hole Couples Golf Group Holiday Dinner and Dance - Vistas Ballroom - Peoria, Arizona - 6:30 - 8:30 PM    

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Vista Point Holiday Party - Westbrook Village Vistas Ballroom - Peoria, Arizona - 6:00 - ~8:00 PM  

Friday, December 21, 2018

Mountain View Estates holiday party - Westbrook Village Vistas Ballroom - Peoria, Arizona - 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Friday, February 15, Saturday, February 16, Sunday, February 17, 2019

Westbrook Village Fabulous Follies 2019 - Westbrook Village Vistas Ballroom - Peoria, Arizona - 7:00 - 9:00 pm Friday and Saturday - 2:00 - 4:00 pm Sunday  

MORE PERFORMANCE DATES

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Vista Crossing Spring Block Party - Westbrook Village - Peoria, Arizona - 1:00 - 4:00 pm 

Friday, December 6, 2019

Nine Hole Couples Golf Club Holiday Party - Westbrook Village Vistas Ballroom - 

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Video #1

Check out a short clip of  one of our typical songs as performed at a recent classic car show. This was our second gig over a year ago. This clip is of "Brown Eyed Girl" with lead vocal by Bill Wolfe.





Video #2

Check out a short clip of  one of our typical songs as performed at a recent classic car show. This was our second gig over a year ago. This clip is of "Midnight Hour" with lead vocal by Steve Thorne.





Video #3

Check out a short clip of one of our typical songs as performed at a recent classic car show. This clip is of "Sleep Walk" with lead guitar solo by Bill Chism.

Video #5

Check out this short clip of one of our typical songs as performed at a recent pool party. This clip is of "Old Time Rock and Roll" with lead vocal by Bill Wolfe.


Audio #1

Listen to this audio clip of "I Saw Her Standing There" recorded live at a recent classic car show.

Audio #2

Listen to this audio clip of "You're Sixteen" recorded live at a recent classic car show.

Audio #3

Listen to this audio clip of "Another Saturday Night" as recorded live at a recent classic car show.

Audio #4

Listen to this audio clip of "Old Time Rock and Roll" recorded live at the August 2017 End of Season Pool Party.

Audio #5

Listen to this audio clip of "Tequila" recorded live at the August 2017 End of Season Pool Party.

Audio #6

Listen to this clip of "Love Potion #9" as recorded live at the August 2017 End of Season Pool Party.

Contact Us

Call Steve Thorne at 623-312-3773

Westbrook Village Musicians