Band Members

The Classic Swing Band

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Tom Lepper

TOM LEPPER

[Band Leader] Tom is an accomplished wind player who has played professionally for over 30 years. After receiving his music degree from the University of North Texas, Tom traveled internationally as a performer playing with such talents as B. J. Thomas, Pat Boone, Debbie Boone, Phil Driscoll and many others. Tom also holds a masters degree and has been a private teacher, clinician and studio musician for many years.

Jeff Pitts

JEFF PITTS

Jeff began taking piano lessons at age 10. In college he was introduced to jazz and fell in love with it. While in college he travelled throughout Texas playing for a gospel quartet. He has been in church music ministries since the early 90’s. Jeff loves to play many genres of music. He has been the keyboard player for the Red Oak Opry since it’s inception in 2008.

Eddie

EDDIE IRVING

Since his college days, Eddie has been singing and “crooning” his way into the hearts of many fans across the North Texas area. His appreciation for the great love ballads and catchy swing tunes of a generation ago has allowed him to develop into one of the “smoothest voices” in any working band today. You will love his voice unique vocal interpretations of popular songs!

For Once In My Life

GREG WILLIAMS

Playing bass since the age of 13, Greg studied music at West Texas State University where his love for jazz was spawned by one of his professors there.  He also performed as a member of the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra.  Playing with a variety of groups in many genres, from rock and blues to pop, Greg has smooth “chops” on his 6 string bass that is a great contribution to the Classic Swing Band.

Mike

MIKE KINARD

Mike Kinard contributes a wide range of musical experience as the drummer/percussionist for the CSB.  His ability to adapt the traditional “swing” styles into a more groove driven “pop feel” makes it all very “danceable”!  He has lead drum clinics and seminars all across Texas and has been a private drum instructor for over twenty years.  As our fun, “big-hearted” drummer he has played for some well-known artists like Pat Boone, The Imperials, Lulu Roman, Vicki Lynn and many others.

JIM SHARPLES

Jim has been a professional musician in the Dallas-Fort area for many years. He has played with several local bands on piano as well as bass. Jim also enjoys solo piano performances. His compassion for the art only continues to grow.

Do to unforeseen circumstances in these times that we find ourselves, substitutes may occasionally be necessary.