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The GRUVE Guys Are...

David Kobberdahl - Trumpet & EWI

David received his B.M.E. from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri in 1988 and his Master's degree at the Vandercook College of Music in Chicago. He currently works as a Jazz Ensemble Director and Instrumental Music Instructor for the West Des Moines Community School District. In addition, to playing with Gruve David also plays trumpet professionally as a member of the the Des Moines Big Band, The Fred Gazzo Band,  the blues band Old School, and the Irish trio Kelly’s Clan.

Bryan Schumacker - Saxophones

Bryan studied at the University of Missouri-Kansas City with Tim Timmons, Gary Foster, and Hal Melia.  While there, he was afforded the opportunity to play with great musicians such as Bobby Watson, Antonio Hart, Bob Brookmeyer, Paquito DeRiviera, Bill Cunliff, Kim Park, Louie Bellson, Mike Methany, and many others.  Bryan graduated with a MBA, and today manages a customer service department between performances.  In the past 10 years he's performed with Aretha Franklin, George Robert, Claudio Roditi, Edsel Gomez, Dick Oatts, Steve Lippia, Gil Goldstein, Anat Cohen, Alison Wedding, Ciara Civello, and Diego Urcola.  Bryan can be heard on local recordings with the latin jazz group Ashanti, the John Krantz Quintet, the Max Wellman Big Band, and the Des Moines Big Band.  

Pete VanDeRiet - Bass & vocals

Pete served 24 years on active duty in U.S. Army Bands around the world playing bass, keyboards, guitar, and as an arranger and instructor.   He also has many years of professional experience outside of the Army including tours, sessions, and pit work with The 5th Dimension, Neil Sedaka, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Judy Collins, Joel Gray, Shirley Jones, The Virginia Symphony Orchestra, The Virginia Opera, and many others.

Chandler Bowerman - Drums

Chandler Bowerman is an active freelance percussionist and educator with more than 20 years of professional experience. Chandler has performed with many local, regional, and national acts representing a wide range of styles. Some of the national acts he has performedwith include The Diamonds, Pinetop Perkins of the Muddy Water Band, Mars Williams of Liquid Soul, Nashville artist Jessa Anderson, and others. Local performance credits include Janey Hooper, Fred Gazzo Band, Bob Pace Band, The Soul Searchers, Damon Dotson, and many more. In addition to private lessons, Chandler is currently the percussion caption head of the Waukee (Iowa) Warrior Regiment.

Eric Sickler - Keyboards & vocals

Eric has been performing music for money since he was 19 years old. That's a long time...just look at him. Over the years, he has performed in nearly every genre of band legally allowed in Iowa. In 2011, Eric wrapped up a 14-year run with Gabriel Espinosa's Latin jazz group Ashanti which allowed him to share the stage--albeit very briefly--with an  international array of Grammy Award-winning musicians. In addition to performing with Gruve on weekends, he occasionally subs on piano for The Fred Gazzo Band, The Tammy Brice Band, and for casual gigs as they come along. During the week, he spends his time in airports, airplanes, and on college campuses across the country as a higher education marketing consultant with The Thorburn Group.

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