Al Berven has been a drummer for most of his life, receiving his first drum set by age three and never looking back. By age 15 he was playing professionally with people twice his age. Always looking to follow any opportunities that came his way has given him very diverse musical experiences.
In the more current phase of his musical life some of those opportunities include sharing the stage performing jazz with Polyphase, JAS Quintet, and the Jim Mckinney Quartet, Country with Dustin Evans and the Goodtimes Band, Rock Variety with Rewinder, and since 2002 has been the drummer in the popular group Kory and the Fireflies.
Other current and long time musical associations include playing live and in the studio with Dakota Road Music, doing recording sessions at Pulse River Studio for many diverse artists, and playing drums for Worship in Church.
For fun he started booking jazz gigs with some great musicians under The Al Berven Experience name, and hopes to continue building a musical experience that the audience as well the musicians will enjoy.
Andrew Reinartz is a musician and educator based in Sioux Falls, SD. Playing primarily upright and electric bass, he easily fits into a variety of styles including Jazz, Classical, Funk, R&B, Rock, and Folk. Andrew also does work as a producer, live/project studio recording & mixing engineer.
Also an avid educator, he teaches privately and as a guest clinician, as well as performing for over 50,000 students across South Dakota with the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society Jazz Diversity Project.
Amongst others, Andrew plays with JAS Quintet, Jazz Curators, Merry Martial, Dakota Jazz Collective, the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Hegg Brothers Band, and Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers. He has also recorded and performs regularly with Jami Lynn, Darin Kaihoi, and plays guitar with Habeus Porpoise.
Andrew also works as Community Development Director for Arts South Dakota, a statewide grassroots service, education, and advocacy organization.
I began learning the cello in 5th grade at Mark Twain Elementary School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I asked for a greater challenge, my parents arranged for private lessons, and my growth as a cellist progressed quickly. By my sophomore year, I knew that I wanted to teach in schools, teach from my own studio, and perform whenever possible. I attended the University of Connecticut in Storrs, studied cello with Mary Lou Rylands, and achieved a dual degree with a Bachelors of Arts in Music, and a Bachelors of Science in Education.
The next chapter in my teaching and performing journey was in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada. I taught in the Clark County School District for seven years, maintained a ‘travel-to-you’ music studio, and performed with the Las Vegas Philharmonic and other groups in the surrounding area for eight years. During the last years in the Moapa desert I was exposed to two ideas that greatly inform my philosophy of music education: Suzuki Method, and El Sistema. During the last 15 months in Las Vegas, I completed my Masters in Music Education from Boston University. This masters program further enhanced my desire to advance social justice in our world based strongly on the work of Paulo Freire in Pedagogy of the Oppressed.
I returned with my wife Maria and our son Liam to Sioux Falls in 2010. I began working in an Early Childhood Suzuki violin program that fall and developing a private studio from my home while substitute teaching the Sioux Falls School District. By the Spring, I interviewed successfully to teach as a Middle School and Elementary School string teacher. I also began as a section cellist with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, and as acting principal in the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra.
In 2015 I attended my first Suzuki Summer Institute in Chicago. This institute was founded by Gilda Barston and is a cello mecca. The campus of Trinity College provides facilities and a beautiful backdrop for indoor and outdoor music-making. I took the first course required for book training, Every Child Can! and Book 1 training with Barbara Wampner. I returned in 2016 to take book 2 and 3 training with Barbara Wampner. I took a one year break before doubling my efforts and attending the Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference in Minneapolis in May, and book 4 and 5 training with Pamela Devenport in July. I plan to continue my book training by returning to CSI for book 6 and 7 training in the summer of 2020.
I highly recommend that all families read Nurtured by Love by Shinichi Suzuki. I first read this book at the time of Liam’s birth in Las Vegas. The themes and ideas shared by Dr. Suzuki were overwhelming as I considered my role as a father and my greatest hopes for my first born. That I can share the process of building noble spirits through music with you and your family is my artistic profession and my personal passion.
Suzuki Association of the Americas Bio Page
I perform with acoustic and electric cello under the name Phaedra. I like to incorporate live looping techniques with familiar and original compositions. I am quite comfortable jamming in myriad idioms of music alone or with others. My time living in Las Vegas provided many opportunities to perform. The Las Vegas Philharmonic afforded me the opportunity to perform with Andrea Bocelli, Vanessa Williams, Matt Haimovitz, and Clint Holmes to name a few. Additionally, I performed with Wayne Newton’s Show for a week’s run, and The Lion King Las Vegas for several weeks, as well as more weddings than I can count or remember. While now my main performing gigs tend to be classical concerts with the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra or the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, I am always interested in collaborating with other musicians. Please check out the Psalm project with Shane Heilman, and the Covid Cello Project with Tony Rogers for recent performance work.
Dr. Brian Hanegan is the Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Professor of Music at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD. He directs the Northlanders Jazz Ensemble and jazz combos, teaches studio saxophone, jazz improvisation, woodwind methods, and the history of jazz, blues, and rock. In addition, he supervises the annual Jazz on the Upper Great Plains Festival.
He began his professional career as the saxophonist in a summer revue show at Valleyfair Amusement Park in Minneapolis, MN (2006-08). Prior to beginning his graduate studies, Hanegan worked for Carnival Cruise Lines as a multiple-woodwind artist in a seven-piece show orchestra. With Carnival, Hanegan performed nightly alongside musicians from all over the world and served as musical director of the Carnival Elation in 2012. Hanegan has performed with Jeff Coffin, Bob Mintzer, Scotty Barnhart, Byron Stripling, Mike Tomaro, John Raymond, Allen Vizzutti, Mike Tomaro, Adam Meckler, Arthur “LA” Buckner, Frankie Avalon, and The Temptations. In addition, he has opened for Cheap Trick, Sister Hazel, The Wallflowers, Heart, John Pardi, and Mitchell Tenpenny.
In 2017, Hanegan completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance at North Dakota State University. At NDSU, he studied with Dr. Matthew Patnode and assisted in teaching the Gold Star Marching Band, Jazz Lab Band, jazz improvisation, saxophone quartets, and the saxophone studio. In addition, Hanegan graduated from the University of South Dakota, where he studied with Dr. Christopher Kocher and earned a Master of Music degree (with specialization) in saxophone performance and assisted in teaching jazz improvisation, Jazz Lab Band, and the saxophone studio. Hanegan also graduated from Northern State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, where he studied with Frederic Hemke. During his time at NSU, he was a regional finalist in the MTNA Young Artist Competition (2007-08), NSU Concerto Competition winner (2008), and received an Award of Musical Distinction for outstanding musical achievement and contribution (2008).
Prior to his appointment at Augustana, Hanegan served on the faculties at Morningside College (Sioux City, IA) and the International Music Camp (North Dakota-Manitoba border). He has performed with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and is actively performing across the Midwest with the Sioux Falls #1 local best band Goodroad, the Brian Hanegan Quartet, and several other jazz projects. Hanegan is an Aaron Drake Mouthpieces Performing Artist.
Don McKenna is an entertainer and longtime resident from the Sioux Falls area. Don sings, plays guitar and harmonica, performing a wide variety of material. He is also the leader of Don McKenna - Eclectic Americana, a music ensemble, which consists of any number of local musicians. Whether it’s a duo, trio or full band, a small gathering or a large show, the eclectic nature of Don’s music fits any occasion.
As a child, Don was inspired by his father's love for country music and as a teen he was heavily influenced by the folk-rock music of the 60's and 70's. Don performs several genres including Country, Rockabilly, Folk-Rock and Blues, as well as a number of interesting original songs.
Don’s music is by nature, Eclectic and heavily Americana!
Guitarist Geoff Gunderson has been performing for over three decades in and around Sioux Falls, South Dakota. With legendary groups such as popular 80’s rock band Wakefield and the more recent Jukebox Zeroes, Geoff has headlined on stages across the Midwest as well as opened for artists including ZZ Top, Foreigner, Joan Jett, Sugarland, Rick Springfield, Nightranger, The Bodeans and many others.
Geoff serves as the guitar instructor at Augustana University in Sioux Falls and Dordt College in Sioux Center teaching classical and contemporary guitar. He is also the Director of the nationally accredited Childbloom Guitar Program of Sioux Falls, designed for young people age 5 and over. Along with teaching, Geoff performs frequently both as a solo artist and with other groups. In addition to Wakefield and the Jukebox Zeroes, Geoff has performed with the South Dakota Symphony, the Sioux City Symphony, the Sioux City “Rockestra”, the Kickin’ Brass Band, and many others.
As a solo artist Geoff plays a wide variety of genres from classical and finger-style arrangements of popular songs to a mixture of pop, rock, blues, jazz and just about anything you can request.
A lifelong resident of Sioux Falls, Geoff lives with his wife, Erin, and enjoys spending time with his daughters and grandchildren.
Awards & achievements
• Inducted into South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association Rock and Roll Hall of Fame | 2017
• Childbloom Guitar Program’s Director of the Year | 201
• Childbloom Guitar Program’s Student Motivator Award | 2013
• Austin, Texas Training and Licensing in the Childbloom Guitar Program | 2009
• Completed Master Clinics with notable guitarists including the L.A. Guitar Quartet, Eliot
Fisk, and Pepe Romero
• South Carolina Suzuki Institute Training | 1995
• Studied with Arlin Harris at Augustana College
• Studied with Christopher Johnson at the University of South Dakota
JAKE is a moniker for Experimental Rock artist Jacob Lemme. Since the age of 3, his passion for music was as tremendous as his head is bald.
He is known for his outlandish and erratic stage presence which was inspired by watching music icons such as Iggy Pop, Tyler, The Creator, and Beck. Apart from his energy alone onstage, he will occasionally interact with the audience by engaging in toilet paper fights or crowd-surf in his underwear. JAKE is a live event that demands engagement that is unlike other midwest shows before it. His musical styles tackle many different genres such as Alternative Rock, Indiepop, Post-Punk, RnB, and Singer/Songwriter.
The goal Jacob Lemme wants to do for his art and art in his hometown of Sioux Falls is to have everyone take a look into his head riddled with ADHD and take inspiration to embrace who you are cable of being. He simply wants to create for a living as well as help and encourage others to do the same. The world is chaotic for the wrong reasons so be chaotic to make it for the right reasons.
Lemme has been making music for over 5 years and at 22 years old, he has plenty of goals he's looking to accomplish. He currently is partnered alongside Maksim Savianok (Subrift) making music and playing shows to promote the 2019 JAKE release Empty Can Kicking Itself. He is also a member of the music/arts collective Jorfren alongside Sioux Falls artist Soleil Bashale.
The JAS Quintet is a five-piece instrumental group that specializes in original jazz music and standards throughout the jazz age. Booking information and albums available at jasquintet.com.
The group also presents the Jazz Curators series, with an emphasis on the history and music of the jazz greats of the past and present.
Jesse is a musician, composer, songwriter, and teacher. He crafts compositions in various genres, including folk, jazz, alternative, and classical. Jesse is skilled in a variety of instruments, including guitar, bass, mandolin, ukelele, euphonium, and others. He has been teaching music in his local community for several years and is looking to expand his reach to the surrounding communities. Jesse will also be taking part in a music mentoring camp for children over the summer of 2022.