Laura Hibbs - Accordion Player
Laura started picking out songs on the family piano when she was tall enough to reach the keys. By age 12 she had moved on to the accordion and has been squeezing the keys ever since. Living in Boise Idaho provided unique access to Basque traditional music, which opened her to other traditional forms- Appalachian, Irish, and her current favorite, Eastern European/ Klezmer. Other influences over time have come from such diverse sources as Bob Wills, the Anonymous 4, Ute Lemper, and the Moody Blues. Her favorite accordionist is still Nova Devonie, from the band Ranch Romance. Laura spends half her year living and working on a wilderness ranch in Wyoming, and the remainder in Missoula, Montana.
Caleb Van Gelder - Percussionist
Born and raised in Wyoming, percussionist/musician Caleb D. Van Gelder's life has been a continuous quest for vision, growth, and mastery in music, and really he's just getting started. He began his musical journey at the age of seven with piano and percussion in elementary school. At the age of twelve he received his first drum set. His constant desire for musical & self growth led him to study Jazz and Latin percussion at age 14 with the renowned jazz drummer Ronnie Bedford from New York City, who has played & recorded with the likes of Joe Pass, Sarah Vaughn, Benny Goodman, Buddy DeFranco, & Pee Wee Russell. A true jazz musician at heart Caleb's artistic uniqueness lies in his dynamic sound, authenticity and creativity. A sensitive, colorful and innovative drummer, Caleb mixes different textures and tones on the drums and cymbals to produce beautiful colors and images. A versatile musician, Caleb approaches each genre in its authentic context, yet complements it through incorporating various styles in an ingenious manner to create an interesting and organic sound.You can hear him playing anything from straight-ahead blues, & jazz, to bluegrass.
Pete Hand - Double Bass and Electric Bass Player
Pete Hand has always been a bass player. He likes to make music that touches listeners and makes them,"sheik their booty." Currently playing with a number of groups in Western Montana, Pete also teaches bass so others may pursue their bass-ness.