Electric Piano and vocals
Debbie is a retired elementary teacher with 31 years under her belt. She started out as a Junior High band director then went into elementary music. After eleven years of teaching music, she became a second and third grade classroom teacher. She retired as a third grade teacher. During that period, she also spent 27 years as the choir director at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Franklin Park, IL
FAVORITE ARTIST: Ricky Nelson and The Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
FAVORITE GROUP: Peter, Paul and Mary. Deb enjoys folk music, but her love is classical ( Deb says "I know, what am I doing in a rock band?").
FAVORITE SONG: "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and anything by Bach or Beethoven.
FAVORITE INSTRUMENT: Deb was a French Horn major in college and she still loves the instrument. The piano is a very close second for her.
HOBBIES: quilting, sewing, babysitting for her grandchildren and reading. Deb is beginning to enjoy cooking more, now that she has the time.
Vocals and percussion
Cathy is married to Greg, the bass player for the band. Since band practice takes place weekly in their home, the urge to try her hand at singing some harmony was compelling—just to be part of the fun. Before long, someone handed her a tambourine, with instructions to “shake it.” She’s been doing that ever since.
FAVORITE ARTIST: Sarah McLachlan , Norah Jones.
FAVORITE GROUP: Trans Siberian Orchestra, although she could name many others! That is just one genre of music that she enjoys.
FAVORITE SONG: "Arms of the Angel" by Sarah McLachlan. Also,
"I Will Remember You" by Sarah McLachlan.
FAVORITE INSTRUMENT: A Guild guitar, and the tambourine she plays in The Vintage People Band, which had been given to her by our flute player, Carolyn, before she passed away.
HOBBIES: Cooking, reading, WRITING (which, when she is doing what she should be doing, is a profession and not a hobby).
Author of novels "Once Upon A Secret" and "Fly Me To Paradise".
Vocals and keyboard
Karen was born on the south side of Chicago and began her musical career at the age of 7, when her parents bought an accordion from a traveling salesman. While that instrument ended up in the back of a closet, her love of music was born and has continued to this day.
FAVORITE ARTIST: Elton John (also Josh Groban and Andrea Boccelli).
FAVORITE GROUP: The Beatles (also Three Dog Night, Hall and Oates, Air Supply, Styx and The Vintage People Band!).
FAVORITE SONG: "Somewhere in Time" by John Barry.
FAVORITE INSTRUMENT: Violin, then organ and piano.
HOBBIES: Reading, baking, needlework, spending time with grandchildren.