Bill Denbrock Bill Denbrock, band leader. Bill plays saxophone and clarinet. He is a retired high school band director of 39 years. He earned his bachelor and master degrees from Michigan State College where he played first chair in the saxophone section all four undergraduate years. For a fuller biography, please see this video at Thumb Magazine, as well as this article in the Huron Daily Tribune archives.
Cheri Diebel Cheri Diebel, alto saxophone, is a retired rural mail carrier with the USP in Elkton. Cheri was a student of Bill Denbrock's at Laker High School. Cheri passed on her love of music to her children, one of whom is now a music teacher. When Cheri is not making music on her saxophone, she enjoys her grandchildren.
Deb Sturm Deb Sturm, baritone saxophone, is a retired teacher from Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Schools, and also was a student of Bill Denbrock's. She has performed extensively with touring bands world-wide.
Claude Mestack Claude Mestack, tenor saxophone, is a retired band director from Bad Axe. He also previously taught at Akron-Fairgrove public schools. Claude enjoys playing his sax both with the band and other small groups or solo.
Bob Gulash Bob Gulash, tenor saxophone, toured France, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Germany, England, and Russia with the "United States Collegiate Wind Band" three times and Mexico once, and was a soloist with the "Musical Friendship Band". Bob was a band director for 33 years at Caseville Public Schools, Dean of Students, and is now retired. He currently lives in Caseville, MI.
Ray Carman, 1st trumpet Ray Carman, trumpet, lives in Brown City, MI and is a business owner there. He played during his time at Northern Michigan University. After a 20 year hiatus, Ray began to play again with the Sanilac Band and the Salvation Army Band in Port Huron, MI.
Tom Laity, 2nd trumpet Tom Laity, trumpet, lives in Bad Axe, MI and is a retired elementary school teacher. Tom is a graduate of Western Michigan University where he participated in the band program. He was active in the Bad Axe Band Boosters while his kids were in band. Tom is also retired as Music Director of Bad Axe First United Methodist Church.
Thomas Agee Thomas Agee, trumpet, lives in Filion, MI and is a high school student at Bad Axe High School. He currently plays in the Saginaw Youth Orchestra along with the Bill Denbrock Big Band. Thomas has gone to Interlochen summer camp annually since 2015 where he has played in the Jazz Band, Orchestra, and Wind Symphony. He has also played in many different concerto competitions, public occasions, and nursing homes.
Ron Louks 1st trombone Ron Louks, trombone, lives in Bad Axe, MI, and is retired as the Transportation Director for Bad Axe Public Schools. Ron played in the 24th Infantry Division U.S. Army Band at Fort Riley, Kansas and the 298th Army Band at Headquarters Company, Berlin Brigade in Germany. He played at President Eisenhower's funeral, and played jazz tuba with a pro group while in Berlin.
Terry Lutz 2nd trombone Terry Lutz, trombone, lives in Pigeon, MI and is the CFO for Scheurer Healthcare Network. He played trombone for the Saginaw Valley State University Jazz band, a group that opened for big name groups such as The Temptations and The Four Tops.
Mimi Herrington 3rd trombone Mimi Herrington, trombone, lives in Port Austin, MI and is Director of the Bad Axe Area District Library. Mimi played trombone in the University of Michigan Marching Band.
Kent Gabrielson drums Kent Gabrielson, drums and vocals, played in high school in concert and marching band and has been an active musician ever since. He lives near Owendale, MI, and is also active in his church worship team in Sebewaing, MI.
Nancy Denbrock piano Nancy Denbrock, piano, retired, taught at Great Lakes Junior College in Bad Axe and then taught math and medical classes at Baker College in Cass City. She sang in competition with the Huron County Sweet Adeline Chorus. She also sang with the Jubilee Singers. She holds bachelor and master degrees from the University of Michigan and Central Michigan University .
Sherry Crann bass Sherry Crann, bass, retired from biochemistry research at Kresge Hearing Research Institute at the University of Michigan to be a full-time homeschool mom. Her early music training was mainly choral, but her love of music has moved her to take up many different instruments, bass being her primary love. She is also worship team coordinator at her church. She makes her own basses, and each have their own personality.