We are an Iowa City-based blues, rockabilly and rock'n blues band that plays what we call "Music with a Mission". Most of our gigs support local non-profits, who are doing their best to provide for the less fortunate in our community.
The band members include:
Pete Damiano (Lead vocal and harmonica) is the organizer of the band by night and a professor at the University of Iowa by day. He has been having a blast with the band for the past 2 years. Originally Pete got the band together after participating in Jon Gindicks's Harmonica Jam Camp in Clarksdale MS in the spring of 2014. He feels very fortunate to be able to play with such a talented group who are community minded and willing to use the band to give back, playing many fundraisers for worthwhile organizations.
Mark Fiagle (Sousaphone, baritone sax, vocals). Mark is enjoying a musical renaissance-he was a music major in college but never used his musical talents until joining HomeBrewed about 2 years ago. He has spent his life around instruments-repairing them for West Music. Now he has gotten a change to showcase his talents publicly and is having a great time.
Ernie Found (Keyboard) joined the band about a year and half ago and has added depth and breadth to improve the quality of the band's music. Ernie is multi-talented (Retired Orthopedist, french horn player, magician) but of most relevance to the band is that he grows hops as a hobby. How could he not be a member of HomeBrewed!
Bryce Bernard (guitar) is an instrument repairman at West Music and a classically trained clarinet player who also dabbles on the saxophone. In addition to playing with HomeBrewed, Bryce often plays for community theater events and also plays in a hard rock/metal band called Heathen Soul: https://www.facebook.com/HeathenSoulBand/
Jacob Dahm (Drums) is a dental student from Pella, Iowa and a talented percussionist. Jacob studied music for one year at Belmont University in Nashville, TN and also enjoys playing guitar, and piano. His favorite band is Coldplay, Favorite actor: The Rock. Brew of Choice (Critical question for a member of HomeBrewed): Jackelope Brewing Company Bearwalker (Nashville).
Cameron Gray (Drummer too) is a current dental student and has been playing percussion since the age of 7, mainly playing in school and church bands. His favorite genre of music is indie rock and likes to collect records in his free time. He is sharing duties with Jacob based on schedules—they arm wrestle for the gigs :0)
Shaan Desai (tenor sax) is a dental student from Primghar, Iowa who played saxophone in his college jazz band. His favorite saxophonist is Phil Woods and his favorite sports are golf and ping pong.
Jeff Gleeson (Guitar) retired to Iowa City after a long career of public service in Tennessee. He began playing guitar in the early 1970's, laid it down for most of the '80s. Then over the past 22 years, playing guitar became his most pleasing avocation, having experienced three bands and one studio project. He also is currently a board member of The Housing Fellowship.
Geb Thomas (bass) has been a gigging bassist for over 10 years, and plays for local theater and other community-oriented events (when he's not being a professor in the College of Engineering).
Eric Knebel (Guitar) is a bit of prodigy, having first picked up a guitar when he was five. Through lessons and family support, his abilities and love for the instrument progressed. Time and experience granted multiple opportunities to play with some great people. He feels fortunate today to be around instruments every day in a music store where he can help others discover the gift of music for themselves.
Alexandra Bold (Trombone, Fiddle) is a senior dental student from Winifred, Montana who grew up on a farm and ranch. Alex sang in her college choir and played the trombone in her college jazz band and pep band. She was able to travel to Europe to tour and entertain with the Sound of America band and choir. Alex enjoys learning the different styles of music this band offers!
Kirk Phillips (Trumpet) has 50 years of experience playing the horn. Kirk has been a collaborator with many church choirs over his lifetime. By day he is a health care IT expert.