Scott D. Cater, Director / Trumpet / Soloist/ Vocalist
Residence: Reisterstown, MD / Towson, MD
Instruments: Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Trombone, French Horn, and Electric Bass
Occupation: Trumpet teacher / performer / arranger, Giant Food Produce Clerk
Education: Studied Music Edcation & Composition at Towson University & Catonsville Community College, studied trumpet with Ray Moore, Robert Barrett, and Harry Ruder.

Music influences: Chicago, K.C. & the Sunshine Band, Dizzy Gillespie, Doc Severinsen, Mike Wann (band teacher), Grandfather Hoffman(professional jazz guitarist), Grandfather Cater (army brass/ trumpet player).

Anecdotes:
  • Paid parents 20 dollars to leave the house, so I could hold the first RJE rehearsal.  The first rehearsal they left the house , the second they took the money and went to bed. 
  • Met Doc Severisen, Bobby Shew, and Pat Harbison.   Great guys, all of them.
   
Other Interests: Composer  / Producer / Recording

Motto: "Music is my religion"
Meet Our Band
Vocalist
Alice Schlothauer, Lead Vocalist/ Emcee
Residence:  Finksburg, Maryland.
Instruments: Voice, Aux. Percussion
Occupation:  CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield
Education: Studied voice at Peabody Conservatory of Music

Currently studying at the Fletcher Music School in White Marsh.  This school provides the greatest environment anyone could ask for to learn Jazz and improvisation.  It is a great place to hook up with people who are trying to learn to perform this music.

I love the romance of the music and lyrics from the 20's through the 40's.   Singing makes me feel free to share and to long.   The folks who are members of the Reisterstown Jazz Ensemble have all helped me to grow so much.  I love them all like family.   I wish more young people would take an interest in this incredible form.  It has so many beautiful things to offer.  Come on out and see us sometime. 



Scott D. Cater
Also Director of The RJE (see top)
Saxophones

Matt Elky, Baritone Sax / Soloist
Residence: Reisterstown, MD
Instruments: Woodwinds
Occupation: Retired Instrumental Music Teacher

Music influences: My Father & my H.S. and College band directors

Anecdotes: I play lead sax with another jazz band, Bari sax with two others, oboe with a small wind ensemble, lead the Baltimore County Senior Jazz band, Conduct the Chesapeake Concert Band, am the Cantor for my church, and love to play in the pits for local community theatres. Other than that I’m not very busy!
Other: Matt is also the assistant director of the RJE



Jim Crum, 2nd Alto / Soloist
Residence: Mt. Airy, MD
Instruments: Alto Sax, Tenor
Occupation: Firefighter with the Ann Arundel County Fire Department

Music Influences: Brad Collins (my high school band director), Charlie Parker, John Coltane, Clifford Brown, "Doc" Severinsen, David Sanborn, Grover Washington Jr., Branford Marsalis and Barry Enzman.
Also, Glenelg High School of particular note, my oldest son  A.J. (After too many years of being "too busy' or otherwise away from my horn, my son's decision to study saxophone motivated me to resume playing/practicing.  Music is now something we share.  Each week you'll find us having back-to-back lessons as we both study with Steve Swan at Coffey Music in Westminster.

Anecdotes: My most memorable music experiences were two high school trips as a member of the United States Music Ambassadores.  Iwas fortunate enough to travel to California, Mexico, Hawaii, and Central Europe to perform during my formative years.



Michael Schlothauer,  1st Tenor / Soloist
Residence: Finksburg, MD
Instruments: Tenor, Soprano, Bari & Alto Saxophone, Drums
Occupation: Self Employed Contractor; Owner of Katia Construction, Inc. specializing custom remodeling and repair.

Music influences: Hank Levy, Maynard Ferguson, and Grover Washington Jr., Ashton Fletcher, Duke Ellington

Background Information: Played with George Ross at UMCP (director); Kim Waters at HCL jazz vocal group.
With over 40 years experience, I also currently playing with the Power House Big Band, Checkered Past (classic rock), jazz combos, sub regularly with 7 other regional big bands, and about any where else I'm invited in the door with my horn!
I continue to study advanced jazz improvisation with Ashton Fletcher at Fletcher Music School and saxophone technique with Greg Thompkins.
As a staff member at Fletcher Music School, I teach saxophone and beginning jazz improvisation.

Other: I am also a board member of the RJE, the Technical Director for the band and the emergency drummer.


Dan Longo, Lead Alto / Soloist
Residence: Kensington, MD
Instruments: Tenor sax, Alto sax, clarinet
Occupation: Physician

Music Influences: Phil Woods, Ernie Watts, Don Byas, Ben Webster, and my Teacher, Ron Diehl





Tony Read, 2nd Tenor / Soloist
Residence:  Baltimore MD.
Instruments: Baritone, Tenor, & Alto Saxophone
Occupation:  Retired stockbroker

Musical influences:  Hank Levy, Stan Getz, Basie, Dexter Gordon, Ted Heath.

Anecdote:  Played with Towson State Jazz band and orchestra.
Sub in various local bands.
                   Enjoy a variety of music.
                   Learned to play sax as a teenager in England.



Trumpets

Scott "Powerhouse" Bowers, Lead Trumpet
Residence: Reisterstown, MD. Scott has lived in Reisterstown all his life,
Instruments: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Occupation: Master Electrician and President of Main Street Electric Company, a local electrical contracting company based in Reisterstown. 
Education:  attended all three of the Franklin schools in Reisterstown and is very proud to say so.

Scott plays lead trumpet and is fondly known as the "mouth" of the RJE. After much searching, he has finally found a nickname that fits his personality, playing style and even his profession... Please meet Scott "POWERHOUSE" Bowers! To find him during an RJE performance, look for the red haired (and most of the time red faced) trumpet player. (Ed. note: The red face is from exertion, not embarrassment!)

Scott is also first Vice President of the RJE. His company, Main Street Electric Company, is a corporate sponsor of the RJE and backs all of the RJE endeavors.

Music influences:
Matt Elky, the choir director at my church for many years: As a young child, when I was attending church with my family, he played the trumpet at many services. At this very early age, the trumpet fascinated me because of this exposure and that led to my wanting to play the trumpet in later years.
Ken Moreland, my elementary school teacher. Mr. Moreland was a great base for my studies as a trumpet player and he taught me well the basics of my great instrument and all its wonderful sounds.
Allen Chambers, my Junior High and Senior High music teacher: As most people in this community know, Mr. Chambers was a total inspiration for me to continue to play in my later teen years. He was a WONDERFUL teacher and without his dedication to us I might not have continued. Mr. Chambers had the most influence of anyone I have ever been associated with in the music field.
Scott Cater, the RJE musical director: Scott motivated me to pick up my instrument again after high school, when I never thought I would have a place to play again. Without Scott's push and guidance, I would have never realized I had the talent to play in an "adult" group and to enjoy it as much as I have for all these years. Also, without his dedication the RJE would be no more than a bunch of people casually playing music. I can say honestly I learn every time I play with the RJE and continually improve.
John Wagner, my co lead trumpet in the RJE: John has made me a better player and works with me to iron out harder musical "licks" as we refer to them. Without his guidance I would not be as good of a "hearing" player. His formal musical background in college music is a blessing to all us trumpets in the RJE.
Maynard Ferguson, a world renowned trumpet player: Although I have never played with this man nor really known him personally, his playing has affected my playing greatly. His speciality is high range trumpet. That particular thing he does is my specialty. I heard his range and wanted to do that more than any other thing on a trumpet. After many years of practice I have become rather good at the high range and I associate this with listening to his music.


Kerry Martin, 2nd Trumpet/ Soloist / Co-Lead
Residence: Columbia, MD
Instruments: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Occupation: Professional Musician

Music Infleunces: Gary Dailey (Lead Trumpet-Army Jazz Band, Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson - Mentor/Teacher/Yoda), John "Buzz" Jones (High School Director), Hank Levy (College Director & Musical Genius that proved 5/4, 7/4, 9/4, 10/8 and 13/8 can swing!), Lin Biviano ("this is how you play lead"), Bill Chase (*ditto*), Maynard Ferguson (extreme style beyond the obvious range), Dizzy Gillespie (everyone still is trying to pick apart/figure out genius he introduced & shared), Doc Severinsen (the most amazing marriage of a true virtuoso and a jazzer), Stan Kenton (for the beautiful palettes he used to paint music), Buddy Rich (the original "Animal" - always copied, never equaled  - hardest swinging swinging band of all time), Woody Herman (the various "Herds" over the years), Count Basie & Duke Ellington (for their pure style and how tp "lay back")...Blood Sweat  & Tears, Chicago, Tower Of Power, for the original rock/jazz fusion that said "yeah, horns 'work' in modern music and are cool...

Kerry started his professional career playing in the Baltimore/ Washington area over 30 years ago.  An alumnus of Towson State University's famed jazz ensembles led by Hank Levy, Kerry has performed on stage and recorded with Ethel Ennis, Brenda Alford, Freddie Hubbard, Lin Biviano, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and even Dan Ackroyd of Blues Brothers fame as well as so many other "monster" instrumentists associated with these projects involving alumni of the big bands of Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, and Stan Keaton.  Locally, Kerry has performed and/or recorded with many fine jazz, swing, blues, and rock groups including 20 years playing lead for Ashton Fletcher's Power House Big Band, Totally Confused and The Totally Hot Horns, Carey Ziegler's Expensive Hobby, Joyride, Mary Lou & The Untouchables, Fat Tuesday, 23 Skadoo and half gazillion other groups ranging from wedding bands to big bands.  Kerry has performed at countless venues that have included The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore Artscape's Main Stage, Spike and Charlie's, and the 8x10, to a smattering of dives from from New York to Philadelphia to too many joints in Fells Point & Baltimore to Virginia.  A highly sought after big band/lead/call player for many groups over many years, Kerry was "reborn" in 2009 as a solo jazz artist performing with his own OHMG Jazz Quartet/OMG/ Jazz Trio, which was key to his invitation to play the jazz chair for the Reisterstown Jazz Ensemble.  Outside of the RJE, Kerry can be heard stretching his chops at a few rooms around Baltimore, including Club 347 and The Big Easy.


Alan Marc Schuman, 3rd Trumpet
Residence: Reisterstown, MD
Instruments: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Occupation: Vice President Administration - Carroll Community College

Music influences: Herb Albert, Chuck Mangione, and Al Hirt
Anecdotes: I love playing music. I’ve played in rock bands, polka bands, a 50’s revival band, orchestral and big bands. I am very grateful to continue to have opportunity to play as an adult as part of the Reisterstown Jazz Ensemble.




Ray Hadley, 4th Trumpet
Residence: Reisterstown, MD
Instruments: Trumpet
Occupation:  Sr. Network Support Engineer for Visa International

Musical Influences: I've had several musical  influences. My Dad actually was a trumpet player and had his own band back in the  30's, and 40's and 50's. I also grew up listening to a variety of music, and was especially inspired by Doc Severinsen, Chuck Mangione, and Maynard Ferguson.

Anecdotes: I always enjoyed playing in school and in community bands.  I am happy to have the opportunity to play with a great group of folks in RJE.
Trombones

Lenny Schwartz, Lead Trombone/ 3rd Trombone / Soloist
Residence: Owings Mills, MD
Instruments: Trombone and Piano
Occupation: Attorney with law firm of Schwartz & Aldouby, P.A. where he is a litigator. Also Devoted Husband; Father to future tympanist/electrician and one as of yet unable to articulate his fate.

After many years of practicing law and raising a family with his cello/saxophone playing wife, Lenny is now devoting his time to fending off the affects of Early Onset Parkinson's Disease.  The chronic, progressive disease has its affects upon his playing sometimes increasing his range 50% and causing a wild vibrato.   Still, Len is working within the community to share these stories and help in the research for a possible cure for this devastating disease.

Music influences: Classical: Beethoven, Bernstein & Gershwin; Jazz: Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock; Pop: Blood, Sweat & Tears and Chicago.
I spent many afternoons watching the "Glenn Miller Story" on television after school trying to figure out how Jimmy Stewart could play a B-Flat in the 6th slide position and "get that sound."
My father, a self-taught piano player who reads only treble clef and "plays the chords" and my music teacher mother, who once stole a tire so that she could get her band home from a gig when they had a flat tire, taught me just how much music can enrich you, your family and community.

Anecdote: My first public performance was when I played cymbals under the direction of Paul Lavalle (then director of the Radio City Orchestra) with the first All American Scout Band during the '60s.

Other honors and awards: Lenny has just been named an honorary Bone Babe by the founding members of the Bone Babes. Way to go, Lenny!


Tim Mlynek, 2nd Trombone/ Soloist
Residence: Catonsville, MD
Instruments: Trombone
Occupation: Manufacturing Manager

Music Influences:




Jeff Hosier, Co-Lead Trombone/ 3rd Trombone / Soloist
Residence: Catonsville, MD
Instruments: Trombone
Occupation: Music Teacher

Music Influences:





Fred Golding, Bass Trombone
Residence: Dundalk, MD
Instruments: Bass Trombone
Occupation: Realtor at REMAX
Influences: My high school band director Gretchen McNamara, who introduced me to the Bass Trombone and taught me the dynamic range of a Bass Trombone, ON or OFF. Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dean Martin, Billy Holliday, Bessie Smith, Miles Davis, Tony Bennett and Gordon Goodwin. Ashton Fletcher who came to my high school and said “Hey kid, you should come play with my band on Thursday nights.” I found my love for 20’s-40’s Jazz at that age. John Kessell whose love and excitement for music creates a contagious energy in every group I’ve had the privilege to play in.
Anecdotes: I’ve enjoyed playing in various bands for years, each band with their own distinct sound. Playing with RJE has been a great experience with some incredible musicians. It is important for us to keep this music alive for future generations.


Rhythm Section

Ian Dankner,  Keyboards / Soloist
Residence:  Ellicott City, MD
Instrument: Piano
Occupation: piano teacher instructor

Music influences: Bud Powell, Wynton Kelly, Bill Evans, Art Blakey, Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Dextor Gordon, Red Garland and many more.




Jim Stewart, Guitar / Soloist
Residence: Timonium, MD
Instruments: Guitar
Occupation: Electronic Technican Baltimore County Public Schools

Music Influences: Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, Lee Ritemaur, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Eric Chapton, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Bill Evans, Chic Corea, Stanley Clarke, Pat Martino & Al DiMeola.
Anncdotes: I also have my own jazz trio that plays around the Baltimore Area, called the "Jim Stewart Jazz Trio".  I found a "Long Lost" sister playing music on the road.  It was quite experience for me, a very spiritual experience to say the least.   Playing music has always had a special meaning to me, after that experience, life can be quite a journey, imagine the odds of that occuring.



Robert DeLisle, Bass
Residence:  Parkville, MD
Instruments:  Bass
Occupation: Occupation: President of Island Financial Services, Inc.
Insurance and Investments Employee Benefits and Certified Financial Planner.
Musical Influences - Puccini, Sebellius, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Moussoursky, Joel, John, McCartney, Sinatra, Bernstein, Paul Simon, Gershwin, Cole Porter, Sondheim,
Lucy Simon, Ives, Benny Goodman, Irving Berlin, Manilow, Manhattan Transfer, and many others.







John Kessell, Drums
Residence:  Lutherville, MD
Instruments:  Drums, Latin Percussion, Musical Theater percussion
Occupation: Advertising Creative Director, writer, photographer, videographer, Art director, webmaster…

Music Influences: Thomas “Fats” Waller, Sid Catlett, Chick Webb, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, John Von Ohlen, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Mel Lewis, Sonny Payne, Lenny White, Jack DeJohnnette, Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste, Levon Helm, Ringo Starr, Ginger Baker, Mitch Michell, Airto Moreira, Steve Gadd, Dennis Chambers, David Garibaldi, Richie Hayward, Alphonse Mouzon, Tony Williams, Elvin Jones, Billy Cobham, Roy Haynes, Joe Morello, Ramon Lopez, Don Ellis, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Thad Jones, Sammy Nestico, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Gordon Goodwin (you get the idea) Hendrix, Clapton, Janis, Ray Charles, The Funk Brothers, Stevie Wonder, BB King, Eric Clapton, John “Mahavishnu” McLaughlin, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Hank Levy, Mozart, Bach, Mendelssohn, John Cage, Harry Parch, Bill Parsons, Larry Green, Bob Youngquist, Ashton Fletcher, Bruce Eicher, Robert Cantrell  . . .

John plays in several band about the Baltimore area:  Powerhouse, with Ashton Fletcher (John is assistant conductor), Chess Kellam (John sits in on rehearsals), The Blues in the Night Orchestra (rehearsals), JoyRide (10-piece soul band), guest artist with Columbia Jazz Band, Silverback jazz, Zen Czars, and musical theater with Edgewood High School, Winter’s Lane, Red Branch Theater, Cockpit in Court.  Credits:  Dreamgirls, Aida, Hairspray, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, High School Musical, Seusical Musical . . . He is the director of the Handbells of Grace, Grace Methodist Church, Baltimore, MD. Founding Member of “Jam with Friends” at the 207 in Washington, Iowa.

Other music background: Music major, University of Iowa, studies with Tom Davis.  Montreaux Jazz Festival 1972 with Washington High School Jazz Band, Washington, Iowa under the direction of Lawrence Green. Stan Kenton Band in Residence clinics 1972 and 1974.  Studied with John Von Ohlen, Ramon Lopez, Peter Erskine, Hank Levy, Leon Breedon. Clinics with Chick Corea, Lenny White, Benny Goodman, Bobby Rosengarden, Slam Stuart. Competition clinics with Clark Terry, Arnie Lawrence, Mike Vax.  Shook hands with Buddy Rich after watching him from a vantage point of 20 feet for 3 hours. Clinic with Joe Morello at about the same distance. Saw Max Roach live in Chicago when I was 17.


John says, “I love playing with the Reisterstown Jazz Ensemble because we are all in it to make music at the highest level, keep the art form alive, and reach people with the universal language.  We are a brotherhood with a community spirit and a common love for this music.”
In Memoriam
Bob Reynolds 1946-1998

Residence: Owings Mills, MD
Instruments: Trumpet and vibroclapper
Hobby: Director of Internal Auditing at Towson University
Occupation: 4th trumpet and vibroclapper

Bio: It is a little known fact that I was born into a very famous jazz family. As a tyke, I was headlining at Birdland while my school mates were playing little league. But I broke my family's heart when they found out about my secret. One day Mom was looking for valve oil in my closet when she found... yes, my charcoal grey pinstripe suit, my red tie and my wing tips! I was a CLOSET ACCOUNTANT.
I tried to share my family's enthusiasm for gigs in the Village and the Newport Festival. But while the family was jamming on endless choruses of Cherokee, I was preparing closing entries and debiting and crediting. My Dad finally told me "Yo! Zoot". (That was my given name at birth. I had it changed to Bob because it was more exciting) "Zoot", Dad said, "Go be a CPA and make us proud". So after 4 years at Westminster College in Pa. I fulfilled my dream of becoming an accountant and finally a CPA.

Now, 30 years after that fateful day when Mom discovered the ledger paper in my music, I'm back to pay my debts. The years went by quickly, what with all the excitement and danger (Do you know how many accountants die of paper cuts each year?) I may look like I'm having fun on stage, but believe me, I'd be much happier footing a column of numbers or closing your books!Click here to add text.
5th Trumpet seat now open, come to rehearsal or contact me for more information.
This page was last updated: June 17, 2014
In Memoriam
Charles Steinhauser 1956-2013

Residence: Owings Mills, MD
Instrument: Electric & Upright Bass
Occupation: Owner of Accurate Builders

Music influences: Study with Ashton Fletcher
Anecdotes: I have played in a variety of working bands from Classic Rock to R&B since 1964. Since 2003 I have expanded my musical education and now play in a Jazz Quartet called Downstairs Jazz. I’m still playing R&B in Joyride and big band jazz with RJE. I love it all!



These special friends of the RJE have passed on and we honor them as forever members of the Reisterstown Jazz Ensemble.   May they be forever play the big gig in the sky. 
It is an absolute pleasure to work with these talented people.  They come from all walks of life, but we all come together as one big family to play great music.  Here you can get a sense of their talents and who they are.