Caller & Musicians: Tom Wright, mandolin; Susan Brandt, flute; Charlie Pilzer, piano; Tina Chancey, violin;
Are We There Yet? all went to music school, and spent varying numbers of years in classical music before starting to play in jazz, rock, or folk. Tom Wright, on mandolin, is the relative newcomer to folk, but dropped out of music school to play in his old rock band before getting his job with the Chicago Symphony. A few years ago his sister Susan Brandt finally succeeded in talking him into playing for dances. Charlie Pilzer (piano) put in his time playing bass in youth orchestras and in music school, but impressed the girls playing jazz piano in high school, and later played for just about everything from Balkan dance to contra dance, with just about everybody. Susan Brandt (flute, percussion) was a young classical soloist in high school, but after music school, many recitals and freelancing, discovered folk music, and joined a crazy contra dance band with her old youth orchestra friend, Charlie, to be followed by a succession of bands. Tom Wright had also played in youth orchestra with Charlie, as well as going to the same music school as Tina Chancey, but somehow Tina and Tom didn't meet at the time! Tina Chancey (violin) is best known for her many years in Hesperus and other early music groups, but just wasn't having enough fun, apparently, and one day was recruited into dance music. The result is a highly trained band that promises not to let training get in the way.
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