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At our next concert (June14, 2020):


Vox – Megan Gebert 


Megan is the voice of Tanager.  A Troy native and firebrand Megan Gebert trained as a classical/opera singer but started singing jazz while pursuing her grad school performance degree and it was love at first sight (sing?). It is said she can knock down a great army with her incredible tone.  In addition to performing, Megan is a voice professor at Russell Sage College, the Emma Willard School and also maintains her own private voice studio. More info about Megan can be found at her website, www.megangebertwilson.com.

Woodwind – Scott Vorwald


Scott gives Tanager the flavor of fine wine.  He transcends melodies and compliments his fellow bandmates with artful poise.  A monstrous woodwind player and a natural leader.  Scott is the band director at Hudson Central School District.  Scott also works as a founding member of Oobleck, the most deliberate funk band around.

Bass – Bill Hoeprich


Bill plays bass for Tanager.  His love of music and performance resonate through his instrument.  He has a bachelors degree from SUNY Fredonia and a masters degree from North Texas State University, both in Music Education.   He is also a NYSSMA Adjudicator, certified in Brass, Woodwinds, and Instrumental Jazz.  Bill’s performing experience on various instruments includes: The Jazz Connection, The Blue Skies All Stars,  Brass-O-Mania, The Keith Pray Big Soul Ensemble, The Joey Thomas Big Band, The Bavarian Barons, After Hours, Soul Provider, The Big Smoothies, the Georgie Wonders Big Band, The Swing Docs, The Willie Amrod Band, Carnival Cruise Bands, The Red Caps, and numerous other bands.

Guitar – Andrew Mollica


Andrew is a Brooklyn native.  A lover of all kinds of music.  Drawn to improvisation of all kinds.  He does not fear bears.  He studied with Marco Oppedisano before his education at SUNY Plattsburgh.  There he worked under the late great Rick Davies, Michelangelo Fratino, and Bill Pfaff among others.  He does a number of solo works, and loves working in small combos.  He currently lives in Greenwich, New York, and teaches privately through Rural Soul Studios.  You can learn more at www.andrewmollicamusic.com

Kit – Benjamin Rau

Ben Rau Photo Tanager

Ben Rau plays percussion and slide whistle for Tanager.  He is a killer drummer and a handsome devil.  He also works with Soul Provider, and the Georgie Wonder Big Band among others.  Quite frankly, nobody knows how he does it.