GUITAR & VOCALS
Steve is from the Bronx and he was introduced to music in the 4th grade. At the age of 14, he taught himself to play guitar. Based on his knowledge of 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 band leader and enjoys playing with the group, as it inspires him to continue to improve his skills and just have a good time.
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. As a soloist, he plays with a style similar to Chet Atkins. His repertoire is a blend of jazz and pop. He plays an amplified electric classical guitar. As a soloist, Bill has recorded two CDs. 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.
DRUMS & VOCALS
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. 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 Musicians Club. He blew the dust off his drums and is glad to be back with a band.
BASS & VOCALS
Greg was born in northern Wisconsin, and at the age of 4 knew he wanted to play drums. When Greg was 9 years old, he started playing drums in the elementary school beginner’s band. He continued on through high school playing in the concert bands, marching bands and jazz bands.
When Greg was 14, he started playing professionally with a three-piece band. For the next 50+ years he played with several small groups in the Denver area playing country, classic and old-time rock & roll. He also played with a couple of 14-piece swing bands specializing in the old standards. Greg worked at several night clubs, private clubs and private parties around the Denver area. In 2013 he moved to Arizona.
During the mid 1990’s Greg started playing bass guitar.
KEYBOARD & VOCALS
Julie grew up in a musical family in South Dakota. Started piano lessons at age 5 and performed in recitals and contests. Julie also started singing in the 5th grade and performed with the girls’ choir, mixed choir and show choir throughout high school and college, receiving the outstanding vocalist award her senior year.
She performed on keyboards and singing backup harmony with a band that was opening for Roy Clark. After moving to AZ she has volunteered playing, singing, and writing songs. She’s very happy and excited to get back to her musical roots and begin this new journey with the Westbrook Musicians Club.
Debbie, Shirley, Joanne, Linda, Sue and Sharon 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 many years and is their past President. She is having fun learning the band's music and performing with the club.
Joanne Wlosek moved from Chicago to Arizona. 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."
Shirley Hess has always had a love for music and performing. She started singing at the age of 3, when she sang a song on a radio station in Pocatello, Idaho. Shirley has sung in many church choirs, in addition to a gospel band. After moving to Westbrook Village, she joined the Village Voices and later joined the Musician’s Club. Shirley’s passion is to bring joy and happiness into the lives and hearts of the audiences for which she performs.