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At our next concert (October 9, 2016):


The Dadtet plays a mixture of straight-ahead jazz and Latin influenced music, including music written by Duke Ellington, Benny Carter, and others. The members of the group all play together in a number of other ensembles such as Sensemaya, Keith Pray's Big Soul Ensemble, and various smaller groups on a regular basis. All of the members are respected music educator in the region, representing numerous public school districts as well as Schenectady Community College and The College of Saint Rose. The name Dadtet came from a mutual appreciation of the nuanced joy that comes with having (very) young children, as most of us have children age 3 and younger.

BEN O’SHEA - trombone
Ben O’Shea is an active trombonist and educator in the Capital Region. He teaches high school band in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District while maintaining a private studio and performing regularly. As a performer, Ben has shared the stage with many well-known artists including Johnny Mathis, Linda Ronstadt, Leslie Uggams, Bobby Rydell, the Temptations, Ernestine Anderson, Jimmy Heath, Conrad Herwig, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. He also toured across the United States for nearly two years as a member of the band with the Ringling Brothers Circus 137th Edition. Lately, he has been performing regularly with several local groups that include Sensemaya and Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble, as well as in venues such as Proctors Theatre, the Palace Theatre and Capital Repertory Theatre. Ben holds degrees in music performance and music education from the University of Arizona, Central Washington University, and the College of Saint Rose.

DAVE FISK - saxophone
Dave Fisk is a jazz saxophonist from Albany, NY. Dave is a performer and leader of his own group, The Dave Fisk Quartet. As a leader of this quartet, he performs regularly at local venues, including 9 Maple Ave Jazz club in Saratoga, The Speakeasy 518, and has also been featured at the Jazz on Jay series in Schenectady. Dave is an original member of Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble and has been playing alto saxophone with that group for the last 9 years. He can also be seen performing with many other groups in the Capital Region. In addition to performing, Dave is also a music educator and has been teaching at Niskayuna Central Schools for the past 18 years.

Brian Patneaude is a professional musician and educator living in New York's Capital District. In addition to leading his own quartet (with five critically acclaimed albums to their credit), the saxophonist maintains an active performance schedule with a number of area ensembles including The Empire Jazz Orchestra, Michael Benedict & Bopitude and Keith Pray's Big Soul Ensemble. He teaches saxophone lessons at Blue Sky Music Studios and is an adjunct saxophone instructor at The College of Saint Rose and Schenectady County Community College, where he also directs the community college's Jazz Combo. Patneaude has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Kingston International Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival Saratoga, the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival and countless clubs and concert halls throughout the Northeast, including an eight and a half year weekly residency at what was Albany's premiere jazz club - Justin’s.

David Gleason is a music educator, pianist and composer living in New York's Capital Region. He received an M.A. from Tufts University where he studied ethnomusicology and composition. He has researched folk and popular music in Puerto Rico and Cuba and is a contributing ethnomusicologist to the Museo Del Barrio’s permanent collection online. As a jazz and Latin pianist he has performed with ensembles such as RumbaNaMa, The Boston Latin Band, The Either/Orchestra, and The Empire Jazz Orchestra. He has also performed with Lee Konitz, Laurel Massé, Fred Wesley, Gary Smulyan, Danilo Perez, and John Fedchock. He currently leads the Latin jazz ensemble, Sensemaya. Mr. Gleason studied music education and jazz studies at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York. He has taught at the John Sayles School of Fine Arts and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. David Gleason is also the author of Alfred Publishing’s "The Total Blues Keyboardist."

Mike Lawrence teaches orchestra and string lessons in the Schenectady City Schools and is a proud father to daughters Cecilia and Rose. He has recorded with the Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble alongside Joe Locke, Sharel Cassity, Bruce Barth and Michael Benedict on the album "Circulation: The Music of Gary McFarland". He has  recorded with Michael Benedict's Bopitude on "Five and One" featuring Gary Smulyan and "Bopitude”. Mike has performed on stage with Frank Foster, Bruce Barth, Gene  Bertoncini, Harry Allen, Paul Meyers, Steve Nelson, Ray Vega, Ralph Lalama, Blue Lou Marini, Wyclife Gordon, Sonny Turner's Platters, Bobby Rydell, Keith Pray's Soul Jazz Revival, Peanut Gallery Jazz Trio along with many others as a freelance bassist.  Mike has previously played in concert for the Swingtime Jazz Society with Jeanne O'Connor and Richard Lanham, Dave Gleason/Pete Sweeney/Mike Lawrence Trio, and the Joe Finn/Dan Faulk Quartet.

Andrew Hearn grew up playing in bands with friends around central New York. He began playing professionally while in college at the Crane School of Music. After graduating, he played shows for Music Theater North (summer stock theater in Potsdam), which led to two 3-month tours of Europe with The Scala Theater Group. After returning home, Andrew started his teaching career at South Colonie Central Schools where he directs two bands at Lisha Kill Middle School. His students frequent regional and state-wide music festivals. Andrew has been an active member of the capital region music scene performing and/or recording with The Jon Leroy Trio, The Dave Fisk Quartet, Tas Cru, Arc, The Tom Healey Band, Charlie Smith Blues Band, Larry Lewis, New Regime, The Karen Lawrence Band, Lil Jay and the Card Sharks, Scotty Mac, Jeff Gonzales, Schenectady Light Opera, The Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, and The Capital Region Wind Ensemble.