Chattanooga’s Premier Modern Big Band
Ellie Henry, female vocalist
Michael Smith, male vocalist
Michael Smith is a graduate of Bryan College with a degree in Church Music. He is the Minister of Music at North Shore Fellowship in Chattanooga. He has participated in multiple recording sessions and has one solo album to his credit. He has sung with several combos and two big bands in the Chattanooga area. Michael has also sung with the Christian contemporary group, Crosswind, the Lake Junaluska Singers and the Glenn Draper Singers. He has also played the lead role in the Music Man at the Chattanooga Theatre Center.
Pete Fox, lead alto sax
Pete Fox is Chattanooga's local alto sax player, having played in just about every ensemble in the area. He was an All-
Gordon Inman, alto sax
Alan Bingham, lead tenor sax
Alan is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, TN.
Fernando Guadarrama, tenor sax
Fernando is the oldest of seven children and started playing saxophone at the age of nine years old. He was taught by his father about the time his father started a small band in South Texas to help out with family finances. As he got older, he played with several Tex-
Alex Welhunt, baritone sax
Albert Kiser, trumpet
Al has been playing trumpet in the Chattanooga area for more than 47 years. A graduate of Red Bank High School, Al continued his education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, playing in the UTC Jazz Band under the direction of Barry Jones and Morris Bales. He continues to play in area weddings and other events, and has played in the Red Bank Baptist Church Orchestra for 30 years. In addition to the Uptown Big Band, Al is also a member of the RBBC Glory Land Band.
David Henry, trumpet
Paul Patterson, trumpet
A native of Chattanooga, Paul played in the Chattanooga Youth Symphony while in high school. He later attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and played in a number of campus bands. He toured Europe with the UTC Jazz Band and performed at the Montreux International Jazz Festival. Upon completion of his degree from UTC, he attended the University of North Texas where he furthered his study of music and played in several ensembles. He also served as the band assistant for UNT's renowned One O'Clock Lab Band. While in Texas, he was a member of the horn section for the Christian contemporary band, Emmaus, and was featured in a theme song recorded for use at the Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park in Valencia, California.
Brian Potete, lead trombone
Brian Poteet has been playing trombone in and around the Chattanooga area for over 15 years. A graduate of Lakeview-
Mike Wert, trombone
Mike adds to a vast resume of music performance. In his early trombone-
Tim Walker, trombone
Tim began playing trombone and violin as a 6th grader, and continues to play both instruments. During his years at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, he concentrated on voice and viola. He toured for six years with the Chattanooga Singers and played viola for a season with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra (Jackson, TN). Tim is a charter member of the Uptown Big Band, and he plays violin in the RBBC Orchestra, and trombone in the RBBC Chapel Orchestra.
Professionally, Tim spent most of his career with Provident Life and Accident Insurance Company, and is now employed with the Hamilton County government.
Stan Keown, bass trombone
Stan is a charter member of the Uptown Big Band, and has performed as a bass trombonist in this band for more than 15 years. He has also performed with a number of other local big bands and has performed in productions of the Chattanooga Theatre Center.
Stan's interest in traditional big band, jazz, and other music styles (Kenton, Ellington, Basie, Mancini, etc.) commenced in high school as an all-
David Kammerdiener, keyboard
David joined the Uptown big band in 2008 and has been playing piano since he was five years old. He is a graduate of the High School For The Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, TX and holds the following degrees from various institutions: Bachelor of Music from Oklahoma Baptist University (Shawnee, OK), Master of Church Music from Golden Gate Seminary (Mill Valley, CA), and a Master of Music in Education-
Ovid McNatt, electric guitar
Ovid McNatt is one of the original members of the Uptown Big Band and has played rhythm guitar since its beginning. Previously, he played mostly in small performing groups in country, rock, folk, and bluegrass music. Although this is the only big band he's ever played in, music is a family tradition for Ovid. His dad was a clarinet and sax player, and his uncle played in the great big bands in the service during World War II, and civilian bands in the 40s and 50s. Ovid's family members have played violin with Eddie Arnold, conducted a Symphony Orchestra in Memphis, TN., played french horn with Henry Mancini and performed with and conducted the New York Philharmonic.
Amanda Cagle, rhythm bass
Mike Salter, percussionist
Esther Ellis, female vocalist
Dennis Bauer, Lead trumpet