Meghan Oberle, Vocalist
Born and raised in Sylvania, Ohio. Graduate of Notre Dame Academy. Studied vocals with Wendy Wisnewski
for six years and participated in choirs and productions throughout high school. Meghan was invited to sing with the
Night Session Big Band after landing the lead of Polly Baker in St. Francis De Sales Crazy for You. Currently
studying Recreational Therapy at the University of Toledo. Sings at church, plays guitar, and writes original
songs outside of school, work, dance, and performing as the newest member of the Night Session Big Band!
Mark Owen, Vocalist
Mark is a long time Toledo area musician. In addition to Night Session Big Band, Mark plays with a three piece cover
band called, Backyard Muriel. Mark is an actor, who has appeared in over 30 theatrical productions, commercials, and film.
Mark is also a narrator for Dreamscape Audiobooks.
Xavier Smith, Alto Sax
From Dudley, NC. Choir Director for 11 years at Toledo Public Schools and Band Director for 4 yrs. Toledo Public Schools.
Graduate of Bowling Green State U. Served for 10 years as the Director of Instrumental Music at St. Johns Jesuit High School,
and teaches sax, flute and clarinet in the Toledo area.
Jeff Shriner, Tenor Sax
Started on tenor sax in grade school, picked up flute in senior year of HS
and then to Bowling Green State University lab band on tenor
with mentor Candy Johnson! Actively playing with many bands in the Toledo area including the house band at
Rusty’s Jazz Club.
Paul Johnson, Tenor Sax
Born and raised in Monroe, MI. Played with Jefferson High School bands under Mark Felder and Evan Canel. Studied under Michael J. Irish at Michigan Tech
University, playing with the Jazz Lab Band, JazTec combo, Momentum combo, and other blues and horn bands. Has performed with Clark Terry, Wendell Harrison,
Frank Mantooth, and has been the opening act for Wycliffe Gordon. Also plays in Celestial Blues and Monroe Community College symphonic band.
Jonathan Wolff, Baritone Sax
Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. Switched from alto to baritone sax in 6th grade. Performed with the high school jazz band at SJJ and joined Night Session junior year.
Attended BGSU as an aviation studies major. Currently works as a flight instructor at the Bowling Green Flight Center.
Bob Hoff, Trombone
Bob has performed with numerous ensembles from wind bands to dixie bands. He has worked as a music copyist for orchestra and big band,
and has arranged for high school and college athletic bands. Bob assisted for several years with the University of Toledo Rocket Marching Band
and has worked with several school marching bands around Ohio, including those of North Baltimore, Swanton, Maumee, Maria Stein Marion Local, and Rossford.
Craig Schaar, Bass Trombone
Attended Capital University in Jazz Performance.
Graduate of Hocking College. Former employee of the City of Toledo, Dept. of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry.
Plays with Monroe Community Concert Band.
Brad Behrendt, Trumpet
Originally from Vermilion, Ohio. Graduated from the University of
Toledo in Computer Science and Engineering. Played in various symphonic bands, jazz bands, rock bands,
and marching bands throughout high school and college. Also has performed with the Maumee Community Band, different brass ensembles, and as a pit musician
in local musicals.
Fred Mahler, Trumpet
Originally from New York, studied classical trumpet while attending Mt. Vernon High School in Westchester County. Attended Interlochen Arts Camp,
formerly known as National Music Camp 1961-1965. Played in symphony orchestras, big bands, community bands, and numerous show pit orchestras throughout
high school and college. Studied engineering at New York University where he received BS and MS degrees in metallurgy. While pursuing his metallurgy
career in Toledo, played in the Maumee Community Band, the Avocation Brass Quintet, Friar Tucks musical reviews, and numerous show orchestras.
Now retired, Fred has been an active member of Night Session since 2005.
Larry Cook, Trumpet
A native of Toledo, Larry graduated from the University of Toledo with a degree in Music Education. Throughout his high school and college years,
Larry studied with Mr. Bernard Sanchez (Professor of Trumpet at the University of Toledo). Larry is a former member of the Toledo Youth Orchestra,
University of Toledo Orchestra, University of Toledo Faculty Brass Quintet, Toledo Symphony Orchestra and the Toledo Symphony Brass Quintet.
Larry toured with the American Wind Symphony, performing with guest artist, jazz trumpet Dizzie Gillespie. Larry has also studied with Frank Kaderabek (former
principal trumpet with the Detroit Symphony). Larry currently studies privately with Mr. William Campbell (Professor of Trumpet at the University of Michigan).
Larry continues to perform as a member of the Maumee Community Band, Sylvania Community Orchestra, Skip Turner Jazz Band, and various musicals and churches.
Larry lives in Maumee, Ohio with his wife Kaye.
Linda Sankovich, Piano
Classically trained on the piano since age 5.
Graduated from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Music degree, having studied 5 yrs with Frances Renzi.
Taught private piano lessons for 15 yrs. Now very active playing piano and keyboard for church, numerous high school musicals and choirs.
Was Music Director/Pianist for Toledo Repertoire Theater production of “Hats”, and Vocal Director/Pianist for “A Christmas Carol”.
Originally from Toledo, Ohio now resides in Perrysburg, Ohio.
Eric Alexius, Percussion
New Orleans, LA and moved to Ann Arbor, MI at age 9. Took an interest in drums
at age 11 after a jam session held in his dad’s basement. Played his first gig
at age 15 with the Carl Alexius Quartet. Graduated EMU with a Bachelor’s degree
in Music Education and now lives in Monroe, MI where he owns and operates The
Alexius Group software development company. Eric is married with two daughters
and has enjoyed playing in a number of area bands including the Monroe Community
Concert Band, the Monroe Big Band, the Ann Arbor based Ambassadors Big Band, and
the Garden City Big Band Express.
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