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Meg Shedlak, vocals

Meg Shedlak is a multitalented vocalist who sings a multitude of genres with power, strength, and grace. A graduate from Berklee College of Music, she holds a B.A. in Songwriting. New to Dallas, she has performed with top 40 bands and jazz bands around the metroplex. From funk, R&B, jazz, and rock, she has proven to be a versatile and energetic presence on stage.

Andre Swartz, drums

Andre started playing the drums when he was 12 years old. His is influenced by a large variety of styles. These include jazz, rhythm and blues, fusion, progressive rock, heavy metal, traditional music (world), funk, soul, Afro-Latin.

Andre is passionate about music education. He is the head of COPA in Cape Town. But he doesn’t just teach music. He is actively involved with the development of music education.

“I believe learning is what keeps the world a place of wonder and amazement and keeps the mind young.”

He was taught by John Hargreaves (taught him paradiddles), Frank Mallows, and Efrain Torro.

Andre has Played with UCT Big Band, National Youth Jazz band, National Youth Big band, Bokani Dyers, Amanda Tiffin, Seventh Son, Sarah Theron, Sonja Heroldt, Hot Water, Dax Butler, and Tristan Weitkamp (USA).

Stephen Houpt, electric steel guitar, harmonica, vocals

Stephen Houpt is a Dallas-based blues and world musician. As a veteran harmonica player in the Dallas blues scene, he has performed with Steve Miller, Kevin Taylor, Jim Suhler, and many more. He leads the electric blues band Strictly Tablue has directed the Blues Club at St. Mark's School of Texas for twenty years. Stephen is also a master of the lap-style slide guitar and has recorded five studio albums featuring original music played on Weissenborn guitars.

For more info on Stephen, please visit his website.

Collin Katz, electric guitar

Collin Katz is a 17-year old guitarist and studio musician from Dallas, Texas. He started playing guitar at age 11 and is also proficient at bass, keys, and ukulele. His biggest influences are Guns n’ Roses, Led Zeppelin, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He has been in several bands and has played just about every venue in Dallas. He is also the president of the St. Mark’s School of Texas Electric Blues Ensemble. In 2018, Collin was nominated to be a Dallas Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Rising Star. In 2019, Collin was selected to tour with the School of Rock All Stars through Detroit, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Cleveland, and Chicago. The final show of the tour was at Lollapalooza.

Currently, Collin’s main focuses are his band, Fifth Phoenix (winner of the 2019 Wildflower Festival Battle of the Bands), and his guitar store, Texas Guitar Gear. Texas Guitar Gear is an online shop that specializes in exclusive, vintage, and rare Gibsons. Aside from his music career, Collin is an award-winning professional photographer.

Austin Zhang, alto saxophone

Austin Zhang is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses composition, improvisation, videography, photography, and writing in his work. Mentored by masters of music from George Garzone and Jaleel Shaw to Wynton Marsalis and Stefon Harris, Austin has had incredible examples to follow artistically and personally. During his high school and collegiate career, Austin took his talents to Jazz at Lincoln Center, Newport Jazz Festival, and Carnegie Hall and on stage with the likes of Terri Lyne Carrington and Wycliffe Gordon.

While studying at the Manhattan School of Music, Austin began to explore other avenues of artistry as he immersed himself into great works of Pablo Picasso, James Joyce, Mary Shelley, and others. Today, Austin maintains a YouTube channel, blogs, and performs regularly with his two main projects, The Beehive Quartet and Honesty Band. Impassioned by both “art for arts sake” as well as art for the issues we face, Austin’s music, writings, and visual works explore aesthetic and artistic beauty as well as criticisms of social injustice, animal exploitation, and environmental destruction.

To learn more about Austin, visit his website.

Daniel Byle, classical & electric guitar

Daniel Byle is a classical and electric guitarist based in Dallas and Seville, Spain. He is working towards a major in Marketing and minor in Guitar Performance at UTD, where he has been awarded the Bryce Jordan Scholarship for two consecutive years.

To learn more about Daniel, visit his website.

Camden Hunt, trumpet

Camden Hunt has explored the jazz and classical genres of trumpet music, giving him a wide array of musical tools to write with. Through arranging, it is his goal to combine the colorful brass timbre in a traditional music sense as well as incorporating new sounds of the 20th and 21st centuries to highlight the versatility of the brass instrument. It is Camden’s goal to create colorful passages that can evoke memories and feelings of adventure, connection with nature, longing, and new beginnings.

Camden has been commissioned multiple times to write for trumpet and mixed brass groups, several of which coming from the UNT Trumpet Studio for various concerts and recordings. He has gained professional connections and performing experience over the last three years working with local Denton leaders. It is his intention to help build future communities around music for the purpose of helping bring people together.

Camden has experience playing in the DFW area outside of school with the Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra, The Jordan Khan Orchestra, small jazz combos in Denton, and weekly with the Mosaic Jazz Worship group. The groups he has experience performing with at The University of North Texas (UNT) are the Symphonic Band, Concert Orchestra, 3 O’Clock Lab band, as well as the various trumpet quintets, brass quintets, and mixed brass ensembles he has put together for performances and gigs.

To learn more about Camden, visit his website.

Alec Zieff, tenor saxophone

Alec Zieff is a saxophonist from Essex, Vermont. He attended University of North Texas (2016-2018; majored in jazz studies; applied jazz saxophone). Now studying Russian and Audiology at UNT, music remains a focal point in his life. He was recently featured in an album: “Into the Trees” by Band of the Land, a soulful reggae-folk trio from Vermont.

For more info on Alec, visit AlecZieff.com.

Brianne Sargent, cello & bass

An alumna of the DSO’s Young Strings program, Brianne Sargent began playing cello at age 12. After studying at Booker T. Washington HSPVA, she completed her high school education at Interlochen Academy in Michigan. She graduated in 2010 from the Baldwin-Wallace Music Conservatory where she studied with Regina Mushabac, teaching apprentice to the legendary Janos Starker. Brianne Sargent was a guest artist for the 2017 Soluna Festival and the Sound Designer for the Indigenous Sci-Fi play "Where Earth Meets the Sky". Brianne also had a featured artist spotlight in Art and Seek in May of 2017 and an article in Voyage Dallas Magazine in July 2018.

To learn more about Brianne, visit her website.

Christian Kondor, vocals

Christian Kondor fell in love once, and he's been writing and singing songs about it ever since. He learned piano at a young age from some very talented folks, taught himself guitar on a second-hand Fender, and learned to sing the blues by screaming along to an awful lot of punk rock. Christian started making guest appearances with Addis in fall of 2018 and hopes to release his first solo album soon.

Samir Rahi, rap & vocals

Aaron Stone, trumpet

Susan Hanlon, vocals

Brandon Bateman, alto saxophone