Meet the Band

Tom Strohman, woodwinds and keyboard

A graduate of Lebanon Valley College (B.S. in Music Education) and Towson University (M.M. in Jazz Studies), Tom is Professor Emeritus of Music at Lebanon Valley College, where he still directs the Jazz Band and teaches Saxophone and Jazz Studies as an Adjunct Instructor. He has shared the stage with Buddy deFranco, Johnny Coles, Ira Sullivan, Dave Stahl, Phil Wilson, Steve Rudolph, and Bobby Rosengarten, performed for Al Martino, Sonny and Cher, Eddie Fisher, Della Reese, Patti Page, Johnny Mathis, and Clay Aiken, and recorded with Johnny Winter and Dan Hartman.

Jim Miller, acoustic and electric bass

Winner of TV Host Magazine's "Bassist of the Year" award for three consecutive years, Jim has produced and taught clinics on jazz history, emotions in music, jazz improvisation, and bass master classes.  He has taught bass privately and also was Adjunct Professor of Music at Lebanon Valley College, where he directed the small jazz ensemble and gave private bass and jazz studies lessons.  He has performed in concerts and clinics with Herb Ellis, Phil Wilson, Cal Collins, Slide Hampton, Buddy DeFranco, Jimmy Heath, David Schnitter, Barry Harris, Barney Kessel, Art Taylor, John Blake, Al Grey, and Valery Ponomarev.

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Jim Easton, guitar

A former instructor of guitar at the Governor's School of the Performing Arts at Bucknell University, Jim studied guitar with both Chuck Anderson at the Anderson School of Music and Ted Dunbar at Rutgers University.  He was commissioned by the Elizabethtown Children's Hospital to compose a music soundtrack for the documentary "Children and the Computer."  He has also conducted and arranged for the Harrisburg Area Community College Jazz Ensemble and has performed with Eric Kloss, Valery Ponomarev, Phil Wilson, John Blake, Dave Stahl, and the Coasters.

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John Peifer, drums

Currently the drum instructor at Drums Etc. in Lancaster, PA, John has studied with master drummers James Blackley, Sonng Igoe, Paul Patterson, and Armand Santerelli.  He spent many years touring the United States and Canada with various music ensembles, and has taught clinics on jazz drumming, jazz improvisation, and jazz history.  John has performed with Cal Collins, Buddy Greco, Sal Nistico, Carl Fontana, Eric Kloss, Bud Shank, Phil Wilson, and Sam Noto.

Greg Strohman, trombone and piano

Currently on the faculty of Dickinson College in Carlisle [PA], Greg performs professionally on both trombone and piano. As a trombonist, he was a finalist in the International Trombone Association's Larry Wiehe and Marstellar Competitions, and has performed with many organizations, including the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass, Symphony in C, the Wilmington Ballet Orchestra, Quartet die Posaunen, the Dave Stahl Sacred Orchestra, and the Pottstown Symphony. As a pianist, he has appeared on National Public Radio's showcase "From the Top," and has collaborated with many prominent professional musicians, including members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera.