Section 8 Players Biographies
BME from the University of Wisconsin EauClaire as an Oboe major and Saxophone minor. His college career included playing with greats like Dave Frishberg, Ernie Watts, Myron Florin, Leslie Gore, Bill Barry, Dominic Spera, Rufus Reid, Bill Sears, Dave Pavolka, John Radd to name a few. While living in Phoenix, Arizona from 1991- 1996 he worked as a music teacher and he joined the Groove Merchants as a sound technician and later became their Bari/Tenor Sax aficionado. For 5 years the Groove Merchants enjoyed playing gigs for numerous weddings, corporate parties and clubs around Arizona, Palm Springs, California, Las Vegas, Nevada and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Corporate parties included sharing the stage with the likes of The Temptations, Natalie Cole and Liza Minnelli. Weddings included such dignitaries as John Travolta, Peter Jennings, Mike Eisner and Mel Brooks. One of the most memorable highlights was to open and close for the legendary rock group “Meatloaf” during the festivities of Superbowl XXX in Tempe, AZ.
Is a freelance trumpet player who moved to Minnesota in 2006 after living and working in Los Angeles his entire life. He has played in many musical groups over the years and covered every style including Jazz, Latin, Symphonic, Rock, Musicals etc.. Since moving to Minnesota he has become a member of several groups in the area ( CBB Jazz Combo, Notochords Big Band, Winona Brass Band, Chatfield Brass Band, Top Brass Quintet, Section 8).
Tom Nalli – Trombone
Has played trombone in professional bands for more than 30 years. Originally from upstate New York, where he played in the Rex Pryor Orchestra as well as in a number of funk/rock groups and college jazz ensembles. While at Union College in Schenectady, New York he served as the Director of the Union Jazz Ensemble and studied jazz improvisation with Nick Brignola. He currently plays first trombone for the Winona Brass Band and the Winona Municipal Band. He also is a member of the La Crosse Concert Band, the John Paulson Big Band, and the Top Brass Quintet based in Dakota, Minnesota. He has been playing trombone for Section 8 for the last 2.5 years and loving every minute of it!
Denny McGuire – Bass Guitar:
Originally from the Chicago area, Denny McGuire received his B.A. ('84) and M.A. ('99) from St. Mary's University in Winona Minnesota. At RCTC he teaches Guitar and Bass lessons, “Beginning Guitar Class”, “Popular Music in the United States”, and directs the “World Drum Ensemble”. He also works for St. Mary's University where he teaches Guitar and
Bass, “Guitar Class”, and directs the percussion ensemble “Batucada Nossa Senhora”. In addition to teaching Mr. McGuire performs regularly as a bassist, percussionist and guitarist with various jazz, funk, and world music groups throughout the area.
Rick Bell - Guitar
Played with WSU jazz band for 4 years in early 1980’s. Has played with many groups in the are covering different styles from jazz, acoustic to rock. Currently playing with different acoustic acts filling in on percussion as wells as guitar and bass. One act known as Similar Sons has played the arena and opened for the Doobie Brothers, Styx, Peter Frampton, Foreigner, ELO, REO, Foghat, CCR Revisited and others.
Mac Cherry - Vocal
Owns and operates the Big River Theater in Alma Wis. He hosts the Wisconsin Public Radio show The Big River Radio Wave. He also plays Guitar, Mandolin and sings with the River Benders which provides original music for the Radio Show Series. He is a contributing columnist
for The Winona Daily News. He is the father of five and he and his family
have lived outside Alma for thirty years.
Jeff Thompson - Keyboard
Played with many groups for over the past 25 years. Have a 32 Track Digital Pro Tools recording studio and have made recordings for Molly Busta, Christian Crossings, Big River Radio Wave which is broadcast state wide on Wisconsin Public Radio. Has written and recorded several original tunes. Currently working in IT. Live with my family near Peterson Minnesota.
Barb Morrison and Heidi Bain,
With the heart and soul of Aretha Franklin to Amy Winehouse, brings the depth and range to vocals as well as partnering with dynamic harmonies that are unrivaled in any aspect of live stage performance.
Morrison has studied performance greats from Christian to country music as well as soul to pop, creating her own progressive style; honing her skills liturgically before joining Section 8. Bain studied classical music at the College of St. Teresa in both piano and flute performance. Vocals came as second nature to her and has been teaching piano and performing in the liturgical arena before the Section 8 intervention occurred. The two have been spotted touring the area with the Christian group Highway 30 and have recently released the CD, Richly Blessed.