Main Avenue Warehouse is an eight piece horn band playing in the style and tradition of Tower of Power, Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, Cold Blood, Average White Band, and other great horn bands. Their high energy, soulful sound driven by a full horn section features some of the finest talent in the region. Main Avenue Warehouse performs at festivals and concerts throughout the area. This summer they will be headlining Automania in downtown Sioux Falls, Yankton’s Riverboat Days, and the Corvette Classic in Spearfish, SD, as well other regional events.
Musicians performing with Main Avenue Warehouse are:
Chris Miller (Guitar & Lead Vocals): Chris Miller is in his 4th year as Vocal Director at Mitchell High School in Mitchell, SD. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Education from the University of South Dakota. Chris maintains a busy performance schedule as a guitar player and vocalist. He’s shared the stage with some great musicians including Danny Hein and the Fabulous Flippers, The Go Figure Band, Main Avenue Warehouse, Spillway Protocol, The Austin Buescher Band, The Dispensers, The Hegg Bros., Spooncat! and Groove Juice. One of the highlights of his career was premiering some original compositions written by Bob Schieffer (CBS Face the Nation) in 2006. Mr. Miller has opened for Warrant, Black Oak Arkansas, Head East, The Little River Band, George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars, Big and Rich, Joan Jett and Rick Springfield.
Cade Calder (Lead Trumpet): Cade studied trumpet at Drake University in Des Moines, IA. He currently leads the Best Buy Music Department while maintaining an active performance schedule. Cade’s performance credits include Maria Schneider, John Fedchock, Clark Terry, Bobby Shew, Dick Oatts, Paul McKee, Glenn Miller Big Band, Des Moines Big Band, South Dakota Jazz Orchestra, Council Bluffs Big Band, Steve Shinneger Big Band, Bricks Big Band, Sioux Falls Big Band, Mearle Lake Big Band, Sioux City Rockestra, DNR, Lonnie Lynn Orchestra, Main Avenue Warehouse, Hot Lunch, Farmer Tan Funk Band, Carnival Cruise Lines, The Fabulous Flippers, Les Brown, Jr, Frankie Vali and the Four Seasons, Frankie Avalon, Wayne Newton, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, South Dakota Symphony Brass, Disney College All-Star Band 2000, Lou Christie, Martha and The Vandellas, and Valley Fair. He also gives private trumpet instruction.
Jim Speirs (Solo Trumpet): Jim is an active trumpet player based in Sioux Falls, SD. He is a graduate of South Dakota State University and works for the marketing firm, Fresh Produce. He is involved in several projects including Dakota Jazz Collective, which is recipient of a South Dakota Arts Council touring arts grant and has performed on the main stage at the Sioux Falls JazzFest as well as two live broadcasts on South Dakota Public Radio. He tours annually with the Hegg Brothers Holiday Jam. Jim also performs with the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society’s Jazz Diversity Project which educates young people about the importance of Jazz as America’s unique art form. The Jazz Diversity Project is now in its fifth season of touring and has performed for nearly 26,000 students. In addition, Speirs performs with Main Avenue Warehouse, Polyphase, Short Fuse, the Sioux Empire Brass Society, freelances with several jazz ensembles, and works closely with the area’s jazz club, Touch of Europe. He also teaches a few young trumpet students, and is on the board of directors for the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival and the South Dakota Arts Council.
Joel Shotwell (Tenor and Alto Saxophones): Joel attended contemporary music school called McNally Smith Music Conservatory in Minneapolis Minnesota, where he studied saxophone performance and received his Applied Associates Degree in music performance, as well as an Artist Diploma. He spent a small amount of time after in Kansas City, studying and performing jazz. Joel later attended University of South Dakota studying saxophone with Dr. C.J. Kocher. He now is in his second year of teaching at Beresford High School. Shotwell also performs regularly with The Dakota Jazz Collective, Main Avenue Warehouse, The South Dakota Jazz Orchestra, The Jazz Diversity Project, Polyphase, The Sioux Falls Municipal Band and various other groups.
James Dittman (Baritone and Tenor Saxophones and Vocals): James has been playing around Sioux Falls since 2007 with the South Dakota Jazz Orchestra, the Dakota Wind Ensemble, DNR, Arlie’s All Stars, The Apostles, The Fabulous Flippers, and The Mob. He is a graduate of the University of South Dakota loves listening to a little of everything including jazz saxophonists like Sonny Stitt, Sonny Rollins, Tim Reis, Joshua Redman, and bands like the Mingus Essential Big Band, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Joe Cocker, Ray Charles. With Main Avenue he wants to play music that gets everyone in the mood to party, and have a good time.
Jonathan Kelly (Keyboard and Vocals): Jonathan Kelly has an extensive background in the music business. After completing a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Black Hills State University, he continued with graduate studies at the University of South Dakota. Jonathan has played with many South Dakota bands including Main Avenue Warehouse, Dakota Jazz Collective, Polyphase, Short Fuse, Solution, “Jazzed”, Sweatband, Brother Otis and Funnbaggz. Jonathan has recorded four albums including the album “This is a Test” by Solution, which features the great Jeff Coffin on woodwinds and Chris Grainger as producer. In fall 2006 he toured with Solution to the middle-east to perform for US troops in Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Djibouti, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Along with performing and recording, Jonathan also enjoys arranging and composing in various styles. Jonathan’s latest project has been composing and arranging kids’ music for the upcoming Apple app – Tappybook, which is set to be released in May. Jonathan is happily married with two beautiful children.
Michael Hart (Drums and Vocals): Mike is an active percussionist from Sioux Falls, SD. He is a graduate of South Dakota State University and is a co-owner of Fresh Produce, a full service marketing firm in Sioux Falls. Aside from his passion for drum set, Mike has been heavily involved with the marching percussion scene as a player and educator. He was a leader of the Pride of the Dakotas Drumline, a founding member of SuFuDu marching drumline and has worked as the percussion caption head for Washington High School and Brandon Valley High School. He has performs or has performed in several projects including Main Avenue Warehouse, Dakota Wind Ensemble, SuFuDu marching drumline, the local variety act Undercover, the Pride of the Dakotas and several other original projects over the years. As an active business man and community volunteer, Mike sites his involvement in music as “the key to his success.”
Andrew Reinartz (Bass Guitar): Andrew Reinartz is an area musician, educator, and conductor, and has been a member of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra bass section since 2001. He is also currently the Executive Director of the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival, a summer Festival in Sioux Falls which features performances and a wide range educational opportunities. Additionally, he currently serves as the President of the Symphony Players’ Board and as a member of the Board of Directors. Reinartz is heavily involved in the local Jazz community, playing bass with a variety of ensembles including the Dakota Jazz Collective, Polyphase, and Main Avenue Warehouse. He is also a member of the Jazz Diversity Project which, through the auspices of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society, gives performances and presentations on the musical, social, and historical aspects of the music in schools throughout South Dakota.
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