BAND MEMBER BIOS

JOHN GROVES - trombone
The leader of SOUL GETAWAY John Groves was born and raised in the Seattle area. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Central Washington University with focused studies in the areas of trombone performance and music education. John also leads a jazz combo, performs on the ancient Australian Aboriginal musical instrument known as the didgeridoo and he teaches trombone, low brass & didgeridoo lessons for all ages and abilities. ​John's past performance experiences include being the original trombonist and horn arranger for Earth Wind & Fire tribute band Kalimba. He has also performed with Alice & Chains, Heart, various blues, funk, rock, jazz bands and symphony orchestras over the years. After years of performing and arranging music for other musicians and bands John has focused his energy into assembling a seasoned team of entertainers to create Soul Getaway featuring live horn section and fun soulful music from the bands of KC & The Sunshine Band, Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, Blues Brothers and many, many more. Come out dance, listen & enjoy the top hits from these super bands all in one show!





ZACH WENDT - lead vocal & guitar & trombone
​Zach Wendt our frontman for SOUL GETAWAY comes to us all the way from Quantico, VA. Zach served eight years fronting the United States Marine Corps Rock Show Band based at the US Marine Corps HQ in Quantico. During his tenure with the Marines he toured the United States and world. 

Zach is a multi-talented entertainer that not only sings but also adds a whole other dimension to Soul Getaway reinforcing the band with additional meat to the sound on guitar and fatting up the horn section depth on trombone.





​MELODY FUNK - vocals & bass
​Melody Funk was born into a musical family, Melody started performing at the age of six. In high school, she played the oboe in the Oregon all-state band and orchestra and earned a scholarship to study oboe and voice at Mt. Hood Community College. She briefly studied with Stan Kenton.  She began playing bass after college and played in clubs and for corporate events throughout the Northwest and Canada. She has worked with Jeff Lorber and Kenny G. In the San Juan Islands in Puget Sound she helped establish The Orcas Center For The Arts a musical theater group. Melody has extensive musical theatre experience. In 2004, Melody embarked on her cruise ship career. She has headlined for four cruise lines. Melody teaches private lessons for oboe, bass, and voice, and speaks to music students at high schools and universities about getting started in their music careers.



TOM MAEDA - keyboards
Tom Maeda, originally from Japan. Graduate of Berklee college of Music in Boston in 1994 in Jazz Piano Performance Major. He started producing/arranging local singer/song writers in 1993. While playing in many different bands, Tom also worked in several recording studios as a music arranger, producer/co-producer, recording engineer in Boston and New York. He established his own music production facility formerly known as High Voltage Music Production in 1994 in Boston. He moved to Washington state in 2003 and re-opened his music service in Maple Valley, WA. He has produced more than 10 CDs. Currently working with many local artists for production as well as performing (Darren Motamedy, Perfect Blend Band, Urban Improv) and doing solo keyboard acts. Client list includes several Brazilian major pop artists including Cristina Mel, Nill, Beto Byron, and Val Martine. He has also worked with Frank Gambale and Grammy Winning flutist Dave Valentine.


GLENN THILMAN - drums
Glenn Thilman has over 35 years of professional performance experience in numerous groups in California and Washington with the following types of musical organizations: Rock/ Blues/ Soul/ R&B /Country/Modern Jazz/ Big Band Jazz/Latin Jazz / Funk & Fusion, Orchestra/ Concert Band / Musicals / Recording projects. Here is a sampling of musicians Glenn has performed with in the greater Seattle area: Paul Johnson & Friends, Metro-Scape Jazzmen, Kings of Swing, Doug Cassell Band, John Groves Jazz Combo, Jessica Ketola, Tiger Zane, Timmons-Wall Band, Tommy Simmons, Seattle Central Jazz Orchestra, – as well as freelance performance with various solo artists, independent music projects, musical theater (Forest Ridge School, Broadway Bound Childrens Theater). Glenn is also a private percussion instructor with over 25 years of experience. Specializing in snare drum and drum set technique for all styles of music for beginning through advanced levels. Excellent rapport building skills with students of all ages and backgrounds. Glenn attended Los Angeles Valley College, Van Nuys, CA 4 years college level instruction in music performance (drums and percussion), music theory, arranging & orchestration, music recording, orchestra and jazz ensemble. The Dick Grove Music School (Hollywood, CA) Jazz Ensemble - Percussion Ensemble – Jazz Improvisation – Music Theory. Private instruction as an adult with renowned Master instructor Freddie Gruber, Los Angeles, CA; and Freddie’s close colleague – Bruce Becker. Began Drums at age 13 with instructor Hack O’Brien (father of Mouseketeer Cubby Brien); continued with Los Angeles Jazz drummer John Perett during college.


​For more information about Glenn Thilman music services and private lessons, visit his website at www.Drum4LifeStudios.com




BOB CROW - lead guitar & vocals
Bob Crow is a Seattle based guitarist, bassist, singer/songwriter, and full time private instructor. Bob's lesson studio is located in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, where he began teaching in 2004. Bob studied music at Central Washington University earning his Bachelor of Music degree in music theory. Over the years he has sung and performed on guitar with many local rock, blues and country bands. Bob also performs around the greater Seattle area as one half of the acoustic guitar/vocal duo Bob and Sheldon.

​For more informat
ion about Bob Crow music services and private lessons, visit his website at www.bobcrow.net




DJIN LIM - trumpet
Djin Lim is a Seattle area trumpeter with extensive experience performing jazz to rock music. Djin also performs with Neil Diamond tribute Cherry, Cherry and Banda Vagos. Over the years he has lead jazz bands and backed many entertainers. Djin puts the finishing touches on the Soul Getaway horn section.
Booking@SoulGetawayBand.com

SOUL GETAWAY band members have a combined experience of decades performing with regional & national acts, cruise ship show bands, Marine Corps rock show band, and various notable artists. This combined talent pool of music entertainers brings to life: live, fun, dance music by KC & The Sunshine Band, Chicago, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Blues Brothers & many others featuring live horns and entertaining vocals. Soul Getaway is based out of Seattle, Washington and is available for booking around the Pacific Northwest & beyond for casino entertainment, festivals, fundraisers & parties. To book Soul Getaway email booking agent at Booking@SoulGetawayBand.com

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