Kevin Bollinger, trumpet
Kevin Bollinger grew up listening to his father's 78s of Harry James and Rafael Mendez and first played the trumpet at 6 years old. Like his father, he attended the Eastman School of Music and even studied with the same trumpet professor. Later, he studied with Bill Clark in the UC Denver Traditional Jazz band, Red Beans and Rice. Kevin is a much sought after free-lance trumpeter in both the jazz and classical idioms. In his spare time, he works as a Systems Administrator for a local government agency.
John Bredenberg, clarinet/saxophone
Reedman, John Bredenberg, joined Queen City in 2005. He hit the ground running with years of experience playing traditional jazz on clarinet, saxophone and banjo. John served our country in the US Navy. He circled the world on the USS America in 1970 and later became an Admiral’s chauffeur. After the Navy he attended the University of Northern Colorado as a clarinet major. John is also a master electrician, and his ‘real’ job is taking care of circuits at the Federal Center west of Denver. John is crazy about old American cars. His first car was a 1965 Chevelle which be purchased in 1972 and is still his daily-drive. He also tinkers with a 1967 BelAir and a 1950 Chevy Suburban.
Eric Staffeldt, trombone
Eric Staffeldt is the QCJB’s trombonist. He holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Denver and writes and arranges for a number of local groups, including the QCJB. Eric has worked for many years in the design industry, providing custom finishes for furniture and cabinetry in some of Denver’s finest homes. Professor Staffeldt is the new director of the University of Colorado Denver Claim Jumpers. Eric is a freelance musician as well as a regular performing member of several Denver area ensembles, ranging in style from classical to salsa to jazz.
Hank Troy, piano
Hank Troy has been the pianist with the QCJB since 1981. He is secretary/treasurer for the Queen City Jazz Foundation, and in this capacity helps with behind-the-scenes activities of the band, such as helping to produce the band's annual concert. He is a nationally recognized expert in playing piano for silent movies. As leader of the Queen City Ragtime Ensemble, Hank promotes Ragtime, the great American music that was the precursor to the traditional jazz that the band performs.
Wende Harston, vocals
The Queen City Jazz Band's vocalist, Wende Harston, is a complete entertainer - she sings, dances and acts. She has appeared in many feature films and made-for-TV film series. She can be seen in local theater productions as well. She writes songs and is authoring a mystery novel. She enjoys a number of pets, and states that she is owned by a parrot. Another passion is her vintage doll collection.
Rory Thomas, banjo
Rory Thomas first heard the QCJB in 1969 at the Mon Vue Village, and decided right then that he wanted to be a member. He comes to the QCJB with a great deal of professional experience including playing with all of Denver's best traditional jazz bands. He also played with Karla West's Goodtyme Jazz Band. Rory earns a living as a graphic printing specialist. His significant other, Sandy, is our recording sales representative and answers our Emails and phone calls.
Tony Pantelis, drums
Tony Pantelis's drumming is the result of his mother playing a 78 of Gene Krupa with Goodman at Carnegie Hall, when he was 7. Tony holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado, Denver. Tony just ended a 5 year stint with the DeltaSonics, winners of 2011 and 2012 Best of Denver awards from Westword Magazine. Other highlights include appearances with The Colorado Symphony Orchestra, The Denver Symphony Orchestra and shows at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. When not practicing, playing or teaching, Tony likes to cook, travel and watch movies with his wife Karen.
Bill Clark, tuba/band leader
Bill Clark, tubist and leader of the Queen City Jazz Band, retired in 2012 as a Professor of Music at the University of Colorado Denver where his passionate teaching endeavor was the UC Denver Claim Jumpers, one of the Nation's finest college Dixieland bands. The CJs have performed in Munich, at the Moscow Conservatory, in the French Alps, in Holland, and have been featured at many jazz festivals across the country. Alumni of the Claim Jumpers include many professionals including Tony Pantelis and Kevin Bollinger of the QCJB, Roger Campbell leader of Denver's After Midnight and his bass player Ced Forsythe, Stephen Hill of Denver's Gypsy Swing Review and many others. Bill also performed on the Ed Sullivan Show when he was touring the country with the Your Father's Mustache Band. He set a goal to play with the QCJB when he heard the band as a high school student. Bill enjoys working on his old VWs and hiking in the rugged Colorado Rockies.