Swizzle Stick Band is an 8 piece Motown/Funk/R&B horn band, playing your favorites from the 60’s, 70’s and
80’s with some new popular songs mixed in. Our singer, Ms. Vanda Johnson, has a beautiful voice and powerful stage presence,
which does justice to the great music we play.
The band is:
- Lead Vocals
Vanda is now "happily retired!" from her day job, she learned to sing gospel as a child. This
(unbelievably!) is her first band. Her thunderous vocals are truly amazing.
Eric Warren - Bass
Eric has been playing music since preschool and his
first gig was as a teenager with his Dad's group The Esquires. Since then he's been in several bands with styles varying from
bluegrass to jazz to rock! An engineer by day and a true music pro Eric's steady hand and accomplished bass skills keeps the
lower register grooving for SSB.
Ken Berlin – Guitar, Vocals
Ken has been playing guitar for decades and has been with several area
bands. His sweet guitar sounds are complimented by great vocals. Don't be surprised to see him take something to a new level
or tear off a rockin' riff mid song! He is a seasoned pro and a true team player and member of the SSB family!
Ken Ertel – Bass Trumpet, Trombone, Harps,
An entrepeneur in the Steel Industry, Ken’s love for music is clear. He studied under
Univ. of Akron’s Tucker Jolly in college and is the "business manager" of SSB and arranges charts when needed
- Tenor Sax, Bari Sax
Harry, classically trained, can really
rip it on the tenor or bari sax! A seasoned musician, Harry's "main instrument" is actually the bassoon! Bringing
many years of experience and a hard working and fun attitude Harry is the true classical musician in the band! Some of our
charts are written by Harry as well.
Andy Platz -
Trumpet and Sound
is the tech and repair guru for SSB and when Andy's not tweaking our PA or helping one of us set up or fix something he's
also playing his trumpet with the band! An experienced musician having played with many local bands over the last 30 years,
Andy adds some great energy to SSB!
Maury Haymore - Drums, Percussion
lots of energy and experience to SSB, Maury is a seasoned musician and also a really fun guy to be around! He has played in
many area bands and is the perfect fit to keep the beat for SSB. Maury has some great drum techniques and as a bonus he can
sing really well also!
Doug Barber – Keys, Backing Vocals
Doug has played in many area bands for many years and is a seasoned
pro. Doug is the mild mannered, but stealthy funny guy in SSB! Besides "tickling the keys" expertly, he also has
some great back up vocals.
The Swizzle Stick Band is a
high-energy, dance party band, so be sure to bring your dancing shoes!