THE BAND


Peter Lord 
on soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, picked up reeds from his clarinet-playing dad, studied at Berklee in Boston and plays with many local groups. Peter is a fan of Sidney Bechet, Coleman Hawkins, Johnny Hodges and Dr. John. Peter keeps us all on track and steers the band. 

Dana Fisher on trumpet is a well known virtuoso horn player. Dana has played with groups through out New England and is a fixture in the Maine music, theatre, and teaching scene as well as freelancing. 

Bill Thurston on drums has had a long career as a drummer and collector of drums. Bill has played with many jazz groups including the Henry Berry Trio. His brother Scott is on the Trombone. 

Tom Whitehead on piano has a background in blues, New Orleans, R&B and bebop piano. Tom spent many years playing on the west coast with his own sextet and co-founded the Fog-Cutters Big Band of Portland. Tom is a huge fan and practitioner of the style of New Orleans piano put forth by players such as Professor Longhair, Dr John, James Booker and Henry Butler. 

Peter Dunphy on banjo, tenor guitar and vocals has been playing New Orleans and Chicago style jazz since he was sixteen. Peter has performed with jazz groups in Maine and New England, among them the State Street Jazz Band, the Main Street Paraders, The Old Time Jazz Band, and the Doreen Ketchens Band of New Orleans. Peter studied classical guitar and was impressed at a young age by the music of Louis Armstrong in his Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings. His father bassist Roy Dunphy started the band. 

Al Doane on string bass has had a wildly successful career in music performing and recording. Al started out at an early age with his father’s country and western band playing guitar and bass. Al made the jump to jazz in his early teens and has worked and recorded with musicians such as Bobby Hacket, Gene Krupa, Teddy Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie and Johnny Smith. Al spent many years on the road with his famous trombonist brother Don Doane. Al is a recent inductee to the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame! 

Dave DeBree on tenor saxophone and vocals, played his way through college in a top-forty combo and works with other small combos. Dave brings a vocal style that ranges from Jim Morrison to Tony Bennett 

Scott Thurston on trombone is the newest member of the band. Scott comes from a large musical family and is a music educator in Cumberland. Scott currently directs the Greely Middle School music department and is a long time member of the 195th Army Band. His brother Bill is on the drums.