Who are Lady & The Tramps?
Lady & The Tramps Band is a multi-faceted group whose repertoire spans from country to jazz and everything in between. Whether it's a wedding, corporate event, or a plain old Thursday night, Lady & The Tramps is your go-to act. As an extra perk, Rhonda can include her famous celebrity impressions into the show. With Lady & The Tramps, there's something for everyone!
JAMES DERING - PIANIST
DFW-based pianist, composer, teacher, author, and former college professor James Dering has lived with music all his life. The son of two music teachers, he has performed in clubs, at festivals, in concert halls and beyond. His inventive style and classic touch have delighted audiences and kept him busy playing for over 20 years. He has performed as a solo pianist, in duos, trios, small combos, and big bands. He can be heard locally at restaurants, clubs, parties, wedding receptions, corporate events and more. Musical diversity is one of Dering’s greatest strengths. He is at home playing “heavier” styles from classic rock and modern hits to swinging jazz and heavy New Orleans-style. (He studied piano with Ellis Marsalis, who also taught Harry Connick, Jr.). Meanwhile, on the “lighter” side, Dering’s vast repertoire also includes light pop favorites, new-age style music, and classical music. He caters his musical style to fit the venue, the audience, and the event. Dering is a former college professor, and currently teaches online. He holds a B.M. in Music Media, a M.M. in Jazz Studies, and has completed work toward a D.A. in Music Theory and Composition. He has performed with a range of artists, including Lee Konitz, Carman, Teddy Geiger, Doug Kershaw, Ralph Lalama, Randy Sabien, and Jimmy Needham. He lives with his wife and five children.
MIKE PIERCE - SAXOPHONIST
Mike began playing sax at the age of 12. By the time he left high school he had performed with several blues and popular bands. After attending the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, he was accepted by the Fifth Army Band near Chicago Illinois. Mike attended the Naval School of Music and spent his service time touring the mid west performing for dances,concerts and parades. He spent several years in the midwest performing a variety of music before relocating to the Dallas area. Most recently he has appeared locally with Code Blue,The Nobles of Note,Lovers Lane Jazz Band,The Diplomats of Swing,Joshua Experience and others.
RUSTY AVERITT - DRUMMER
Rusty started playing drums at the early age of 11. He attended East Texas State University on a Music Scholarship. After college, he joined the Army and played with the Fifth Army Band for 7 years. Over the years Rusty has played with a diverse group of musicians including Steve Allen of the Tonight Show, the UNT One O'Clock Lab Band, Sherman Andrus of The Imperials, David Phelps of the Gaithers, San Antonio Little Theater, Dallas Christian Jazz Band, Jack Melick Orchestra,
Mel Fitch Orchestra, Chuck Arlington Orchestra, Dallas Jazz Orchestra and numerous musical productions at Plymouth Park Baptist Church in Irving. Rusty stays very busy teaching private percussion lessons in the Irving Independent School District as well as at Murphy's Music in Irving. He is a member of Oak View Baptist Church, where he plays in the orchestra and works with the student ministry.
SIMON NEAME - GUITARIST
Growing up near London, England in the mid-1960's, Simon soon fell under the spell of the music of the British Invasion bands, such as The Beatles, Herman's Hermits, Gerry And The Pacemakers, The Searchers, and of course, Cliff Richard And The Shadows. He was fortunate to attend one of the leading high schools in Britain which had a strong arts program, Simon was soon taking classical guitar lessons and singing in the school choir, which included performing at London's Royal Festival Hall. Simon moved to the U.S. in 1997 and starting to play in bands again, including joining The Brookhaven College Jazz Band and Upswing Big Band where he met Rhonda Medina.
RUSS ALLOR - UPRIGHT BASSIST
Russ began his love for upright at a performing arts high school. After spending two years in the jazz studies program at Loyola of New Orleans, Russ decided to sharpen his technique by finishing a classical degree at LSU. The Bass Institute of Technology got him plugged into the L.A. scene where he freelanced for six years. He has been a “hired gun” ever since high school and currently circulates among the artists of DFW. Performance credits include Randy Newman, Lou Adler, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and Nelson Riddle.
DAN CANTERBURY - TROMBONIST
Dan began playing trombone at the age of 11. He immediately aspired to play professionally. He majored in music at a community college in Syracuse, NY. In 1974, he enlisted in the Army to play in a military band for 3 years. After leaving the Army, he transferred his college credits to The University of North Texas. While going to UNT, he joined the TANG and played in the 531st Air Force Band for 18 years and retired from the military. Worked for UPS part time while going to UNT and raising a young family. After graduating, he worked for UPS full time and retired after 30 years with the company. Dan has been a freelance trombonist in the Dallas/Fort Worth area since 1978, and has played with a number of big bands and small groups in the area.
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