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Musicians & Singers

The musicians and singers of The Orchestra 33 are professional, full-time artists bringing a wealth of experience and talent to the bandstand. Here are a few of the big-name artists and groups various members of The Orchestra 33 have shared the stage with over the last quarter century:

Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick, Jr., Tony Bennett, Faith Hill, Huey Lewis & the News, Celine Dion, LL Cool, Aretha Franklin, Barry White, Natalie Cole, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Henry Mancini, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Janet Jackson, Randy Brecker, Quincy Jones, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Smokey Robinson, Bob Hope, George Benson, Richard Marx, St. Louis Symphony, Johnny Mathis, Donna Summer, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Roberta Flack, Andrea Boceli, Enrique Iglesias, Doc Severenson, Gladys Knight, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Dean Martin, Louis Bellson, Julie Andrews, Dizzy Gillespie, Dionne Warwick, Thelma Houston, Mike Stern, Chicago Opera Theater, Melissa Manchester, The Dregs, Manhattan Transfer, Martin Short, Steve Allen, Al Jarreau, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Buddy Rich, The Lettermen and Maynard Ferguson. The list goes on and continues to grow.

We are pleased to introduce the individuals that collectively make up the entertainment family known as The Orchestra 33:

David Farley

(Bass guitar, Band Leader, President of Orchestra Thirty Three Entertainment) Dave oversees all aspects of the organization and provides a direct link between the orchestra and its clientele. In 1988, Dave brought the Ruperts 33 Orchestra out of the club scene and into the social party scene with the introduction of The Orchestra 33. His experience, professionalism and even temperament ensure continued success for years to come. Dave holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance from Northern Illinois University.

Pamela Rose

(Lead Vocalist) Pamela brings an incredible combination of singing and dancing to the Orchestra 33 stage. As an active SAG/AFTRA jingle singer, Pam has recorded numerous radio and television spots for such companies as McDonalds and Carrier. Her live performance and studio recording credentials include Richard Marx (Capitol), and she teaches private voice instruction at Stevenson H.S. in Lincolnshire, IL. Touring the U.S. and Europe for six seasons as a dancer with the Chicago Honey Bears led to the creation of Mystique Productions, a phenomenal entertainment dance company based in Chicago of which Pam is co-owner. The collaboration of Mystique Productions and Orchestra Thirty Three Entertainment provided the groundwork for the inter-active dance party extravaganza Party Gras. Pam earned her Bachelor of Science with Honors in Music Business/Vocal Performance from Elmhurst College.

Rich Perez

(Lead Vocalist) Rich Perez – aka “El Camaleón” (The Cameleon) is an in-demand session & live performer. In 2000, his band, Detour, took first prize in Ed McMahon’s national Next Big Star contest. Rich’s uncanny ability to get ‘into character’ as a famous singer, including John Fogerty, Bob Seger, Axl Rose, Paul Rodgers and other rock greats, keeps him busy with producers and recording sessions. As a performer, Rich blends his fiery Latin roots (Cuban American) with blue-eyed American rock.

Cedric Jefferson

(Lead Vocalist) Born and raised in a traditional Baptist church setting, Cedric received informal music training through the black church choir experience as a soloist and singer. Cedric attended Illinois State University where his musical abilities were noted by Dr. Frank Suggs, the head of Black Music Studies and he was made the principal keyboardist for the Creative Arts Ensemble. He also became actively involved in playing night clubs in the area, reproducing the “Motown” sound of Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye and others inspirational to him. Andre Crouch and the Hawkins Family were also notable in Cedric’s singing style, and he has shared the stage with notable artists such as Phil Driscoll, Ron Kenoly, Keith Staten, Jesse Dixon, Charles Laster II, DeLeon, and Desmond Pringle. His voice was said to be a combination of Andre Crouch and Teddy Pendergrass, with a touch of Peabo Bryson.

Evan Rea

(Piano, Keyboards) While at Northern Illinois University, Evan received his Bachelor of Music in Music Performance and took top honors in the prestigious concerto competition. His writing abilities earned him the best composition award at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival.A veteran of several touring Broadway musicals, Evan has performed in the Chicago productions of Mama Mia, Beauty and the Beast, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Wicked and Billy Elliot.

Scot Ashley

(Guitar) Scot has been The Orchestra 33’s guitarist since the beginning of time. He plays a major role in the sound of the orchestra and his contribution cannot be overstated. Another bloke from N.I.U.!

David Katz

(Trumpet, Flugelhorn) David played in the NIU Jazz Ensemble for five years under the direction of Ron Modell, touring with such jazz greats as Louie Bellson, Dizzy Gillespie, Marvin Stamm, Frank Rosolino, Lou Marini, and Arnie Lawrence. After college, David performed with the Woody Herman Big Band and toured England and Ireland with the Louie Bellson Big Band. He’s played backup for Peggy Lee, Linda Carter, Bob Hope, Manhattan Transfer, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Donald O’Conner, Liberace, Debbie Reynolds, The Temptations, and Engelbert Humperdinck. You have also heard him on television and radio commercials for Michelob, Budweiser, State Farm, McDonalds, Kraft, and many others. David has a bachelor’s degree in music education from Northern Illinois University.

Phil Brines

(Drums) When longtime Orchestra 33 drummer Todd Sucherman earned the opportunity to play with Styx on the Return To Paradise tour, he immediately called upon his friend Phil Brines to cover the Orchestra 33 chair. Phil had established himself as one of Indianaplolis’ top studio and jobbing drummers, and Todd knew he was up to the task. Right he was. Phil’s experience during undergraduate work at the Berklee College of Music and at Ball State University prepared him for a multitude of opportunities, and when Todd made the move to L.A., Phil made the move to Chicago, becomming a permanent member of The Orchestra 33.

Sylvia de la Cerna

(Violin)

Gary Tipps

(Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute & Clarinet) Gary has been with The Orchestra 33 since the Ruperts 33 Club Orchestra days. Much of that time has been spent herding 7th and 8th graders in one musical direction! Gary holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Education degree from Northern Illinois University, and belongs to just about every professional music and education association known to man. One word sums up Gary: stability.

Barbara Farley

(Violin) Barb is an original member of the Ruperts 33 Club Orchestra and just happens to be married to the luckiest guy in the world. Barb’s performing credentials cover a wide variety of engagements, from touring with Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra, to performing and recording with the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra to performing with the backstage orchestra at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. As a teacher, both private and in the schools, Barb has over twenty years combined experience at Roosevelt University’s Chicago Musical College and Wheaton College’s Community School of the Arts. Higher education for Barb began at St. Olaf College and concluded at Roosevelt University with a Bachelor and Master of Music Performance degree.

Domnica Lungu

(Violin) In earlier times under communist Romanian rule, Domnica could only dream of playing popular music in a dance orchestra environment. Soon after earning a Master of Music Performance degree from the Conservatory of Music in Bucharest, she and her husband came to America bringing with them only their talent and dreams. Based on her experience with the Romanian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sinfonietta Chamber Orchestra, Domnica diligently established herself as a performer with the likes of Orchestra of Illinois, Symphony II Orchestra, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Lake Forest Symphony, American Ballet Orchestra, and … The Orchestra 33. Domnica is also a respected private teacher of the violin.

David Polk

(Tenor Saxophone, Flute) Dave has been with The Orchestra 33 for over a dozen years. He studied privately with Joe Daly and Hobert Grimes, and attended North Texas State University. The David Polk Project showcases his writing and playing abilities and the band has two releases to date. Check them out and get ready to groove. Dave is always eager to share his opinion with anyone on sports and politics.

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