The Band

John Bruce: Lead Vocals
John got started in entertainment as an actor. After doing many local productions, he moved to LA and was a reoccurring character (6 episodes) on the soap "All My Children." John also did skit comedy with Jay Leno on the Tonight Show. While in LA, between acting gigs, he stumbled into singing with the rock band "Salty" where he was dubbed the "Howling Aristocrat" by the locals. Once back in MN, he started to sing some songs with the band “Sugar Buzz” after they discovered him singing a Patsy Cline song in a karaoke bar. Soon after, he became the lead singer for the band “Licensed 2 Thrill.” John has also lent his vocals to the band “Music Junkies.”  When not rocking down the local establishments, he can be found influencing the youth of America as a 5th grade teacher. Check him out on IMDB under John Bruce  IX.

John Bruce: Lead Vocals John got started in entertainment as an actor. After doing many local productions, he moved to LA and was a reoccurring character (6 episodes) on the soap "All My Children." John also did skit comedy with Jay Leno on the Tonight Show. While in LA, between acting gigs, he stumbled into singing with the rock band "Salty" where he was dubbed the "Howling Aristocrat" by the locals. Once back in MN, he started to sing some songs with the band “Sugar Buzz” after they discovered him singing a Patsy Cline song in a karaoke bar. Soon after, he became the lead singer for the band “Licensed 2 Thrill.” John has also lent his vocals to the band “Music Junkies.” When not rocking down the local establishments, he can be found influencing the youth of America as a 5th grade teacher. Check him out on IMDB under John Bruce  IX.


HEATHER MULLER: a classically trained violinist started her studies at an early age to quickly becoming an accomplished performing violinist before the age of 14.

Heather participated and lead orchestras and community orchestras, taught music privately, assisted public school orchestra teachers, perform in classical quartets, and started or joined various music ensembles that focused on non classical music.

Heather studied music education and performance at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater and the University of Eau Claire.

Nights and weekends she furthered her education by seeking the leadership and direction of many prominent traveling violinists in her city, neighboring cities, and states. These apprenticeships fueled Heather’s knowledge of musical composition, improvisation, audience psychology, and advanced her techniques to perform the violin with grace and passion.

HEATHER MULLER: a classically trained violinist started her studies at an early age to quickly becoming an accomplished performing violinist before the age of 14.

Heather participated and lead orchestras and community orchestras, taught music privately, assisted public school orchestra teachers, perform in classical quartets, and started or joined various music ensembles that focused on non classical music.

Heather studied music education and performance at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater and the University of Eau Claire.

Nights and weekends she furthered her education by seeking the leadership and direction of many prominent traveling violinists in her city, neighboring cities, and states. These apprenticeships fueled Heather’s knowledge of musical composition, improvisation, audience psychology, and advanced her techniques to perform the violin with grace and passion.

Local performing musician Jeff Waldeland studied guitar at the University of Minnesota. He is fluent in many styles such as classical, jazz, flamenco as well as rock and country. Jeff is a versatile musician able to play mandolin, electric, acoustic, bass and pedal steel guitar.  As a sessions player he has been featured on many recordings and continues to perform with local and national acts.

Local performing musician Jeff Waldeland studied guitar at the University of Minnesota. He is fluent in many styles such as classical, jazz, flamenco as well as rock and country. Jeff is a versatile musician able to play mandolin, electric, acoustic, bass and pedal steel guitar. As a sessions player he has been featured on many recordings and continues to perform with local and national acts.

Jay Meier : Electric & Acoustic Guitar 
Jay is a well known Twin Cities music professional, performing, producing and managing bands since 1998.  Jays guitar and vocal styles recall vintage Americana, gritty blues and rock.  Some of Jays more notable bands include Podunk Funk, The Sons of Groove (founded and managed, while performing under Platinum and Gold album awarded artists), and A Girls Journey (Touring Journey tribute).   Most recently, Jay founded and managed Outshined, a Soundgarden Tribute act.  Jay owns and operates JMEntertainment, LLC., providing live sound and lighting production for bands and venues across the Upper Midwest.

Jay Meier : Electric & Acoustic Guitar Jay is a well known Twin Cities music professional, performing, producing and managing bands since 1998. Jays guitar and vocal styles recall vintage Americana, gritty blues and rock. Some of Jays more notable bands include Podunk Funk, The Sons of Groove (founded and managed, while performing under Platinum and Gold album awarded artists), and A Girls Journey (Touring Journey tribute). Most recently, Jay founded and managed Outshined, a Soundgarden Tribute act. Jay owns and operates JMEntertainment, LLC., providing live sound and lighting production for bands and venues across the Upper Midwest.

Quinton Ruiters Bio.
Quinton is a self taught keyboardist and a native born South African who started out singing lead vocals for a six part jazz harmony acapella group since 1995 to 2003.
He then developed piano/keyboard proficiency and featured on radio stations, albums, performing jingles for ads and sharing stages with well known South African musicians.
He started touring the U.S in 2000 and now resides in the U.S since 2008, performing with bands like Mousai, Funktion Junktion, 2une, Billy McLaughlin, Kendra Glen, Gwen Matthews and others.

Quinton Ruiters Bio. Quinton is a self taught keyboardist and a native born South African who started out singing lead vocals for a six part jazz harmony acapella group since 1995 to 2003. He then developed piano/keyboard proficiency and featured on radio stations, albums, performing jingles for ads and sharing stages with well known South African musicians. He started touring the U.S in 2000 and now resides in the U.S since 2008, performing with bands like Mousai, Funktion Junktion, 2une, Billy McLaughlin, Kendra Glen, Gwen Matthews and others.

Terry Vidal : Drums & Percussion
Terry has been playing drums since the age of seven. After moving to Minneapolis from the East Coast in 1989 he quickly became a part of the Minneapolis music scene studying under Gordy Knutson.
Some of the many bands that Terry has performed with through the years have been Blister Finger (Orphan Records Artist) The Rockhounds, Soul Foundation, Uncle Funky, Border Patrol, FreeFalling (Tom Petty tribute band), Beatles after Beatles (A tribute to there solo work) The Classic Rock All-Star Project (Bunkers Music Bar House Band) VooDoo Headband(Varity Band) and Outshined (Soundgarden Tribute)
Terry can be found performing with Tubby Esquire, The City Knights and working with his live sound Co.

Terry Vidal : Drums & Percussion Terry has been playing drums since the age of seven. After moving to Minneapolis from the East Coast in 1989 he quickly became a part of the Minneapolis music scene studying under Gordy Knutson. Some of the many bands that Terry has performed with through the years have been Blister Finger (Orphan Records Artist) The Rockhounds, Soul Foundation, Uncle Funky, Border Patrol, FreeFalling (Tom Petty tribute band), Beatles after Beatles (A tribute to there solo work) The Classic Rock All-Star Project (Bunkers Music Bar House Band) VooDoo Headband(Varity Band) and Outshined (Soundgarden Tribute) Terry can be found performing with Tubby Esquire, The City Knights and working with his live sound Co.

Brian Alexis : Percussion & Drums

Brian Alexis : Percussion & Drums

Tim Press, Bass Born in: New York, N.Y. Started musically on Drums.  Studied with Rock Drummer, Carmine Appice in N.Y.
Drums - Country Rock Band “New Highway”. Former members have since gone on to 
play with Jorma Kaukonen.

Houston, TX
Played Bass and recorded with “Spuddy Hunter and Random Culture”. Funk/New Wave 
original music. Gigged in noted clubs in Austin – Armadillo World Headquarters, Club 
Foot as well as Rockefeller's in Houston. Had the luck to meet artists such as John Lee 
Hooker and Jaco Pastorius and also see a range of Artists that would become major 
influences - James Brown, SRV, Albert Collins, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Neville 
Brothers and many more.

MN/St. Paul
Bass - “The Most Interesting Band in the World”
Currently
Bass - “Jimmy Famous and the Payback”

Tim Press, Bass Born in: New York, N.Y. Started musically on Drums. Studied with Rock Drummer, Carmine Appice in N.Y. Drums - Country Rock Band “New Highway”. Former members have since gone on to play with Jorma Kaukonen.

Houston, TX Played Bass and recorded with “Spuddy Hunter and Random Culture”. Funk/New Wave original music. Gigged in noted clubs in Austin – Armadillo World Headquarters, Club Foot as well as Rockefeller's in Houston. Had the luck to meet artists such as John Lee Hooker and Jaco Pastorius and also see a range of Artists that would become major influences - James Brown, SRV, Albert Collins, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Neville Brothers and many more.

MN/St. Paul Bass - “The Most Interesting Band in the World” Currently Bass - “Jimmy Famous and the Payback”

Kristen Schuldt’s gutsy, soulful voice is known as one of the best in the Midwest. In addition to writing and recording original music, she has hosted many open jams and fronted bands including Hydraulic Woman, Damn Crazy, Not Quite Dead, Relative Strangers, Ground Zero, Legends, and Fade to Blue. Crossing all the lines between blues, rock, and country, Kristen belts it out with power and grace. Fans of Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks, Susan Tedeschi, Sheryl Crow, and Etta James will fall in love with Kristen’s dynamic vocals.

Kristen Schuldt’s gutsy, soulful voice is known as one of the best in the Midwest. In addition to writing and recording original music, she has hosted many open jams and fronted bands including Hydraulic Woman, Damn Crazy, Not Quite Dead, Relative Strangers, Ground Zero, Legends, and Fade to Blue. Crossing all the lines between blues, rock, and country, Kristen belts it out with power and grace. Fans of Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks, Susan Tedeschi, Sheryl Crow, and Etta James will fall in love with Kristen’s dynamic vocals.