Bill Stilfield (Keys) – Bill grew up in Liberty and is an LHS graduate. He later graduated with a music degree from MU. He’s been a lifelong pianist majoring in Music Theory and Composition. He spent 40 years in Los Angeles in the music business, first working for bandleader Stan Kenton, and then various jazz recording labels before forming his own two labels in 1987. Since Bill and his wife, Cathy, moved back to Liberty in 2012 he has performed with Corbin Theatre, volunteers on the Liberty Arts Commission and the event director for Make Music Liberty. He’s also the pianist with the FMO Big Band and plays piano and sings in the choir of Second Baptist Church.
Phil Duncan (Harmonica) – Phil educator’s experience ranged from elementary school through university levels. He served for 30 years as a vocal and general music teacher in the Park Hill School District (AAAAA) of Kansas City, Missouri. For two years he served as Director of Choral Music Activities at Park University in Parkville, Missouri, as well as classes in Kansas City Jazz Style, Music Appreciation, American Folk Music and other Music Educational courses. Mr. Duncan plays Hohner’s Country-Tuned Special 20 harmonicas. He also plays Hohner’s Chromatic and Tremolo harmonicas. Phil has performed with Steve Baker, Buddy Greene, TJ Klay, Kirk (Jelly-roll) Johnson, Mike Caldwell of Nashville, TN, Jimi Lee of Austin, TX, Todd Parrott of Durham, NC. Phil is a Hohner endorsee. His styles are Folk, Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass, Classical, Celtic, Patriotic, and Gospel.
Steve Lenhert (Bass) – Steve comes from a background of music education in Missouri, Iowa, and Kansas. A low brass major, Steven attended Central Missouri University, Michigan State University, and Colorado State University. In the Kansas City area, he taught instrumental music in the North Kansas City school district (Winnetonka HS) and in the Park Hill school district at the junior high and high school levels. He now performs exclusively on double bass or bass guitar in and around Kansas City. Steven has performed in the American Heartland Theatre, Quality Hill Playhouse, Musical Theater Heritage, Weston Community Theater and The Corbin Theater in Liberty as well as numerous performances (gigs) in the Kansas City area.
Victor Perelmuter (Drums) – Victor is a veteran musician, having played modern jazz for over 50 years. In the 1960’s he played professionally in Poland as an original member of the free jazz group Jazz Darings with Tomasz Stanko and Adam Makowicz. While in Poland he recorded, did radio/TV work and toured with variety shows and rock groups. In 1968 Victor moved to the USA, lived and worked in Cleveland, Ohio and was fortunate to play with the Cleveland Jazz Workshop Big Band and local groups Jazz Company and Mainstream.
Victor relocated to Kansas City in 1998 to become president of Siggins Company from which he retired from in 2008. He is currently a member of the Mike Ning group.
Laura Warren Barge (Vocals) – Laura has been a professional musician for over 30 years. After learning the classics at Benedictine University in Springfield, IL, she traveled to Boston, MA to finish her degree at Berklee College of Music in the late 1980’s. While attending Berklee she fell in love with the more contemporary forms of music. Contemporary Country/Pop/Folk, Standards and Rhythm & Blues are her favorites, but she loves most forms of modern Americana music. After touring for a decade she now resides in North KC where she performs for different venues, privately teaches and is part of the music ministry at St. Stephen Lutheran Church.