T H E P L A N E T S
|Geoff Jones has been performing R&B, jazz, and gospel vocals in the Twin Cities for many years at local music venues, as well as touring around the world with the Grammy-award winning group, Sounds of Blackness. He has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Soul Train, Showtime at the Apollo, and a most recently, on a 2-hour network television special honoring the great Aretha Franklin. As a member of Sounds of Blackness, Geoff has recorded with Stevie Wonder, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Elton John. Geoff is a great singer and entertainer! He will melt your heart with Nat King Cole, then shake it like a Poloroid picture with Hey Ya. He is as nice as he is talented, and as we say in Texas, this guy is a tall drink of water!
Mark Asche has been performing in the Twin Cities for many years in several bands including The Senders. In addition to playing the keyboards, Mark is well known in the ad biz as a talented composer and music producer for national TV and radio commercials.Dave Weeks-Wynne is the newest planet in our solar system playing electric bass and singing lead and background vocals. He has played with many stars including Shania Twain, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, The Drifters, Marshall Tucker, Martina McBride, The Neville Brothers, The Shirelles, Tanya Tucker, Peter Noone, and The Platters. More down to earth, David has played with local artists The Steeles, Debbie Duncan, Gwen Mathews and Dennis Spears. His theater credits include Beehive, Pump Boys & Dinettes, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, and currently Hey City Stage’s production of Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding! Dave's latest adventure is having a blast with the band Trailor Trash. We’re excited that David has entered our universe!
David P. Doll, drummer, is the hot rhythmic core of the planets system! His talent to make people move and groove has sent him to all corners of the earth, and maybe even beyond! David has recently completed touring with Windham Hill artist, Tracy Scott Silverman. He has been nominated 3 times for "Twin Cities Best Drummer" award and later served on the judges panel for the prestigious competition. More close to home, David has played locally with the Speed Kings, Wen Bodin, 3 Below, the Outsiders, Michael Pearce Donley, and most recently, 9 Horse Johnson.
Jim Behringer is a legend in
the Twin Cities. He is the guitarist that all the young musicians try to
emulate. He has played, toured and recorded with nationally known artists like the
Steve Miller Band, Kataro, Bobby Caldwell, Prince, and locally, Dr. Mambo's Combo and
Ricky Peterson. If you hear an incredible guitar solo on any radio or TV
commercial, for sure that's Jimmy B!
The Horns (they stand alone!)Dale Mendenhall plays tenor sax, clarinet and flute, and has backed major stars including Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, Bob Hope, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Manhatten Transfer just to name a few! He has been a frequent show musician at Orchestra Hall, the Guthrie, Ordway, Orpheum, State and Children’s theaters. He’s also part of the locally reknown group, T.C. Jammers the hippest band in town. Dale is pretty modest about his talent, but you can bet you’ve heard him play on the 1980’s #1 Billboard hit, Funkytown, by Lipps, Inc. He’s "Mr. Fabulous" and the busiest musician in town! When Kathy Jensen, "sits in" with us, she knocks it out of this world. Kathy played for years with Prince and currently plays with The Horn Heads and many other hot, local bands.
Dave Jensen and Greg Lewis makes up our fabulous pool of trumpet players, playing leads like you've never heard! They have played in numerous TC bands, including Prince and The Horn Heads. For some reason, trumpet players always bring craziness and fun to the horn section and keep us all on our toes!
Dave Graf has been playing trombone around the Twin Cities and New York City for several years, and has backed several nationally known artists including Aretha Franklin and Natalie Cole. Dave has played shows at Orchestra Hall, The Guthrie and Chanhassen Theaters, as well as Red Wolfe's Port of Dixie Band. He's Big Daddio!
Mike Nelson, former trombone player for Prince and now leads the illustrious band, The Horn Heads. Need we way more!