Kelley Fletcher (Trumpet)
Ms. Kelley Fletcher is a former student of the late Jim Wood and current student of Conrad Bauschka. Kelley has played trumpet for thirty-three years, and she has been a band director for twenty-two years. Ms. Fletcher is a featured soloist with the Jack Melick Orchestra out of Dallas (a band she joined her senior year in college). Kelley has been a member of Jack’s band for over twenty-two years, and is also a member of his five-piece ensemble, which performs an annual Holland America Cruise Line dance cruise, and plays for many elite country clubs in Texas.
Ms. Fletcher is a member of “Doc and the Gang” of Greenville, and freelances with various big bands in the metroplex. Kelley also performs with the North East Texas Symphony, and is a former member of “The Lone Star Wind Orchestra.”
Kelley has also enjoyed playing trumpet at First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs for nearly thirty years.
Ms. Fletcher is a graduate of East Texas State/Texas A & M University-Commerce where she earned both a Music Education and Master of Music degree.
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James Deaton (Clarinet)
Dr. James Deaton received his Doctorate in clarinet performance from the University of Texas. He is the former principal clarinetist of Fulda Symphony in Fulda, Germany, the former principal clarinetist of the North East Texas Symphony, and the former Professor of Clarinet and Head of Department of Music at TAMU-Commerce.
Dr. Deaton is the author of two performed plays and a musical. He currently serves as the Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church of Commerce.
His hobbies include composing music, writing plays/musicals, and playing golf.
Dr. Deaton and his wife Toni reside in Commerce, Texas.
Dr. Deaton is one of the original members of the Bois d’ Arc Dixieland Band.
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Dick Eckstein (Trombone)
Mr. Dick Eckstein has been teaching music in the public schools of East Texas for the past twenty-one years. He is currently Director of Bands for the Mt. Pleasant Independent School District; where he directs the Goin' Gold Marching and Concert Bands, the MPHS Jazz Band, and the Harts Bluff School Bands. His bands have been consistent award winners in marching, concert, and sight-reading competitions.
Mr. Eckstein also directs the Northeast Texas Community College Jazz Ensemble located near Mt. Pleasant, TX.
As a trombonist, Mr. Eckstein performs regularly in a wide variety of venues. He is the director and lead trombonist with the Texarkana Jazz Orchestra and plays in several other groups including: Doc and the Gang of Greenville, Texas; The Briefcase Blues Band of Dallas, Texas; and the Centenary Summer Band of Shreveport, Louisiana. Mr. Eckstein has had the opportunity to perform in concert with the following entertainers: Fabian, Bobby Rydell, The Shirelles, Bobby Vinton, Jim Nabors, Mary Wilson and
The Supremes, Don Rickles, Robert Goulet, Joe Piscopo, Lorna Luft, Natalie Cole, and Wayne Newton.
Mr. Eckstein attended East Texas State University on a music scholarship, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Music Education. While at East Texas State (now Texas A&M University-Commerce), he studied with legendary trombone professor,
Dr. Neill Humfeld. Mr. Eckstein resides in Mt. Pleasant, Texas.
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J. Russell Armstrong (Tenor Banjo & Vocals)
Mr. Russell Armstrong is a Certified Financial Planner™ and owner of AIS Financial, a Comprehensive Wealth Planning and Investment Services Firm located in Commerce, Texas (www.jrussellarmstrong.com). He is a 1981 graduate of East Texas State University (Now Texas A&M University – Commerce) and a 1990 graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU. He received his diploma from the College of Financial Planning, Denver, CO in 1997 and he earned his CFP® marks in January of 1998. He is also a 2003 graduate of the National Institute for Estate Planners, Las Vegas, NV.
Russell serves as Chairman of the Board of The First National Bank of Emory, Texas (www.fnbemory.com), and he is a trustee of the Commerce Independent School District. Russell is a life-long drummer but began playing the 4-string tenor banjo in 2000. His hobbies include, golf, tennis & flying. Russell and his wife Lee reside in Commerce, Texas and have two children - Matthew & Rachel. Russell is the founding member of the Bois d’ Arc Dixieland Band.
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Joe Knight was born in Akron Ohio. He has served Family Fellowship Church in Greenville Texas as Music Pastor since March of 1995. Through his teen and college years Joe sang in a Southern Gospel Quartet traveling throughout the United States. His musical career has fostered more than a dozen recordings, including 3 solo projects. He has also produced recording sessions for Branson artists
Joe Knight was born in Akron Ohio. He has served Family Fellowship Church in Greenville Texas as Music Pastor since March of 1995. Through his teen and college years Joe sang in a Southern Gospel Quartet traveling throughout the United States. His musical career has fostered more than a dozen recordings, including 3 solo projects. He has also produced recording sessions for Branson artists as well as Former United States Attorney General and Missouri Governor John Ashcroft. He has also performed with many major religious recording artists as well as at the 1982 world's fair in Knoxville, TN.
His years in Missouri also saw the establishment of a “music for advertising” company specializing in corporate music and jingle writing, and the production of a Branson variety show, "The Sunday Gospel Jubilee". Joe produced corporate music for several major companies including Hammons Hotels, Tyson Foods and General Foods. Joe is also is a published ASCAP songwriter, holds degrees in both Divinity and Sacred Music, has completed several hours of graduate study in Music, and is an ordained minister and Police Officer.
A fourth solo projects, Signatures; is due to be released on January 1, 2012. He and his wife Shaunda reside in Greenville. They have four grown children.
Ben Scarborough (Bass)
Mr. Ben Scarborough has been playing bass guitar and bass since he was 5 years old. As a child, many weekends found him at the family Hootenanny, pickin’ with the old guys. Ben played trombone with the Sulphur Springs High School band and with scholarships in hand, received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University - Commerce), studying with trombone teacher Dr. Neill Humfeld. He taught high school bands and taught low brass at Fort Hood for Mary Hardin-Baylor University and has also served as assistant to James Keene, former Band Director at E.T.S.U.
After seven years, Ben left teaching to build and sell ultralight aircraft for another seven years and is qualified as an ultralight aircraft flight instructor. When that market slowed, he returned to teaching as the Band Director at Sulphur Springs high school for six years before going to Winnsboro as the Middle School director. In his twelfth year in Winnsboro, he enjoys flying “Breezy” (his ultralight), photography, and shooting sports. He plays in several area jazz bands and has performed in most of the central and eastern United States and Hawaii; Rome, Italy; and Ireland.
Mr. Scarborough and his wife Marigene live on the family farm where he grew up in Yantis.
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Bob Deuell, M.D. (Drums)
Dr. Robert F. (Bob) Deuell attended North Texas State University (UNT) as a Percussion Major and later received his B.S. in Biology from George Mason University. He then earned his Doctorate of Medicine from the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Deuell is a partner in Primary Care Associates of Greenville, and is a member of the American Medical Association and Texas Medical Association. He is Board certified by the American Board of Family Practice.
On January 14, 2003, Bob was sworn-in to the Texas State Senate to represent the citizens of Senate District Two, which includes Delta, Hopkins, Hunt, Rockwall, Kaufman, Fannin, Rains, and Van Zandt counties, and parts of Dallas and Smith counties.
Currently, Senator Deuell serves on the Senate Finance Committee, and Intergovernmental Relations Committee and is Vice-Chair of both the Senate Nominations Committee, and the Health & Human Services Committee.
In addition, Senator Deuell was selected by Lt. Governor Dewhurst to serve on the Senate Select Committee on Water Policy, and also serves as a Vice-Chair of the Rural Caucus.
As a percussionist, Dr. Deuell has played with Ted Weems, Les Elgart, Ink Spots, Charlie Byrd, Mark Russell, Swinging Shepherds, Vickie Allen, Ike and Tina Turner, Tom Jones, Charlie Byrd, Eric Tessmer, Matt Wilson, Asleep at the Wheel, Roy Buchanan, Doc and the Gang, and the Aldersgate Church Worship Band. He has served as the Musical Director and Percussionist for the Hayloft Dinner Theater.
His hobbies include playing drums, hunting, and politics. Senator Deuell and his wife Marilyn reside in Greenville and have three children - Paul, Brian and Jennifer.
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Eugene LaBeaux, Trombone & Coronet
Jim Brimer, Clarinet
Jack Allday, Drums
Ken Dickinson, Bass
Scott Whitfield, Banjo
Tyler Jackson, Tenor Banjo