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.
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.
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 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 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, 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."
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
Private birthday party - Scotland Hills - Westbrook Village - Peoria, Arizona - Time TBD
Westbrook Village Nine Hole Couples Golf Group Holiday Dinner and Dance - Location TBA - 6:00 - 8:30 PM (Tentative)
Mountain View Estates holiday party - Westbrook Village Vistas Ballroom - Peoria, Arizona - Time TBD
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
Vista Crossing Spring Block Party - Westbrook Village - Peoria, Arizona - 1:00 - 4:00 pm
August 2017 End of Season Pool Party
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.
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.
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.
Check out this short clip of one of our typical songs as performed at a recent pool party. This clip is of "I Saw Her Standing There" with lead covalby Bill Chism.
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.
Listen to this audio clip of "I Saw Her Standing There" recorded live at a recent classic car show.
Listen to this audio clip of "You're Sixteen" recorded live at a recent classic car show.
Listen to this audio clip of "Another Saturday Night" as recorded live at a recent classic car show.
Listen to this audio clip of "Old Time Rock and Roll" recorded live at the August 2017 End of Season Pool Party.
Listen to this audio clip of "Tequila" recorded live at the August 2017 End of Season Pool Party.
Listen to this clip of "Love Potion #9" as recorded live at the August 2017 End of Season Pool Party.