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The Dr. Phill Butts Big Band

The Dr Phill Butts Band consists of 18 of the best performing musicians and music educators in the Baltimore it is based out of Odenton Maryland. Dr. Phill Butts is the band leader. All the band members were selected because of his/her musicianship, dedication to musical excellence and the passion to play and perform American Big Band Music.The band was started in December of 2011 under the direction of Dr. Phillip Butts.  The Band’s purpose is to play music for everyone and anyone who loves to dance and listen to American Big Band Music. The Band performs traditional big band music by such Big Band artist as Glen Miller, Artie Shaw, Count Basie Basie, Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington Buddy Rich and many other great big bands.

Band roster includes:

Trumpet
John Collins
Wellington Darell
Steve Hawkins
Dennis Lewis

Saxophone
Janee Johnson
Eugene Leak
Larry Prascus
Whit Williams

Trombone
Brian Banos
Charles Funn
Gregory Horne
Mitch Wightman

Piano
Charles Etzel
Bass
Roland Dorsey

Guitar
Frederico Tubaya

Vocalists
Steve Flynn
Denyse Pearson

Richard J. Bass (Band Manager)

Dr.Phill Butts & SMOOTH VELVET

Band roster includes:

  • Wellington Darall-Vocals/Trumpet
  • Larry Prascus- Saxophone
  • Phil Phelfger-Piano
  • Jay Thompson-Guitar
  • Gary Kerncr- Bass
  • Phill Butts- Drums

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Dr. Phill Butts & SUNSET BAND

The Sunset Band is a realized vision for their bandleader
Dr. Phillip Butts. After spending forty years in the Anne
Arundel County Public School System, Dr. Butts finally
retired in 2010. A gala tribute was thrown in his honor at
Arundel High School, where he had spent his last thirty-
eight years as the Director of Music. Over the years Dr.
Butts was the recipient of many awards, trophies,
accolades, for his dedication to over five thousand of
students during his tenure, and now he can pursue his
second love for music by having his own band,

The Sunset Band has been around for over ten years
playing for private parties, special events, dance clubs, and
appearances in the local community. The Sunset Band
plays a mix of Popular music, Contemporary Jazz, and
R&B. Dr. Butts feels that with the professional musicians
who play in the band, he can adapt his music to the desires
of any clients needs.

 

The SUNSET BAND RosterTHE SUNSET BAND ROSTER

 

  • ROBERT SHUMARD- SAXOPHONE/FLUTE
  • TIM TIMASSIA-PIANO
  • JAY THOMPSON-GUITAR
  • GARY KERNER/JOE HOLSEY-BASS
  • PHILL BUTTS-DRUMS
  • TONY SPENCER-VOCALS

 

 

 

 

 

Billie Holiday on ABC
http://www.abc2news.com/news/region/baltimore-city/baltimore-honors-billie-holiday-on-her-100th-birthday-with-musical-tribute