MEET THE BAND

George Greenberg


George Greenfield Trombone and Baritone Sax

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, George grew up in Long Beach. He has been performing with numerous bands since the early 70's, and for many years was a regular with the Columbia College Big Band. George has two grown sons, one an aspiring musician and the other serving in the Navy. He's married to his best friend and wonderful wife, Chris. They reside in Sonora.


Glen


Glenn Babros Trumpet and Vocals

Born in Alameda, Glenn picked up trumpet at age ten. He performed in his high school jazz and marching bands, moving up to drum major during his senior year. After graduation, Glenn successfully auditioned for the Concord Blue Devils, a top-ranking national Drum and Bugle Corps. He played the upper mellophone while traveling with the Blue Devils, performing in the United States and Canada, The Blue Devils won a World Championship in Birmingham, Alabama during Glenn's tenure. Glenn has been married to his wife Sydney since 1983. Son Neil and daughter Lauren are both involved with Glenn in the music department of their church. Glenn’s other hobbies include golfing and basketball officiating.


Josh - Trumpet


Josh Lewicki
Trumpet

Josh brings youthful exuberance and a budding talent to the band. He picked up trumpet in his 5th grade band, then moved up to the Sonora High Golden Regiment marching band, Sonora High Jazz Band, Symphony of the Sierras, Mother Lode Youth Symphony, Brass and Reed Band, and Columbia College Big Band - all before finishing high school! He earned a place in the California All-State Honor and Jazz Bands, performing at the All-State Music Festival in San Luis Obispo. He has since played with University of the Pacific's Jazz and Wind Ensembles.


David


David Rhoades Saxes

David is a life long musician. He started with trumpet in the 4th grade, followed by baritone and trombone. He played in his high school, Army, and college bands. After college, he took up the saxophone and never looked back. He also plays flute, clarinet, and keyboard. David has lived in California, Massachusetts, Virginia, New York City, San Francisco and Sonora, with a short stint in Paris as well. He has worked as a bike messenger in New York and a cab driver in San Francisco. Today David is retired or more likely just tired here in Tuolumne County. He is fascinated by computers, linguistics and architecture, and playing more music here than he ever did in New York or San Francisco.


Bruce


Bruce Giudici Trombone

We're happy to have Bruce as a long-term sub during leader George Greenfield's medical leave. Born and raised in San Rafael, Bruce started playing in the 4th grade and hasn't stopped since. After going to the Monterey Jazz Festival with the San Rafael High Jazz Ensemble, Bruce played with the UC Davis Marching Band and, after a longish break, played for years with the Delta College Monday Night Jazz Band. He spent the past 5 years with the Columbia College Big Band.


Casie Schornick


Casie Schornick Vocals

With so much musical talent in her family, Casie was certain to get the music bug! She began singing at a very young age, and really started to develop under Jim Wells and the Jazz@8 high school program. Like many other Chains Required members, she spent time singing with the Columbia College Big band, sharing the stage with many greats like Bobby McFerrin and Cornelius Bumpus. She continued as a Voice and Music Education major at Sacramento State University and later performed at jazz festivals throughout the USA. Before joining Chains Required, Casie was a member of the Lil Diamonds.


Christy


Christy Nava Vocals

Christy’s love for singing was cultivated at a wee age, by her Dad, who taught her to sing lead and harmony vocals. Performing in Musical Theatre and A Capella Choir cemented her desire to be on stage. Some of her projects include singing for Christy Hollywood and the Walk of Fames (Rockabilly), The Barn Dogs (Americana) and she’s currently working on writing an album of her own original songs. Christy has a wide range of stylistic and vocal influences. She looks to Billie Holiday, Etta James, Janis Joplin, Alison Krauss and Gwen Stefani for inspiration, just to name a few.


Steve - Guitar


Steve Bernd Guitar

Steve took up guitar during high school, and quickly realized he had a special bond with the instrument. He has played a wide variety of music including pop, rock, blues, jazz, and R&B in bands that opened for such artists as Emmy Lou Harris, Hank Williams Jr., and Diamond Rio. His composition "Steve's Quick Pick" was featured on MTV's "Date My Mom Show" and he appeared as an up-and-coming artist in Guitar Player Magazine's New Talent section. Steve studied under former GIT instructor Rick Severson and loves playing his vintage Fender Stratocaster.


Kevin


Kevin Kaiser Drums

A native of the Bay Area, Kevin is no stranger to Tuolumne County.  He attended Sonora High School and Columbia College where he played drums with the Columbia College Jazz Band in the mid-1980's.  Before joining Chains Required in late 2015, Kevin played in various country, blues, rock and jazz bands throughout the Sierra foothills and the Bay Area.  Kevin currently works and resides in Alameda County and spends much of his time in the Sonora area playing music and hanging out with family and friends.


Gary


Gary Goldsworthy Keyboards and Vocals

Gary considers himself an organ player who happens to also play piano. Both are understatements, as he adds a powerful keyboard foundation to the band. Of course, organ is paramount to Chain Required’s sound and Gary delivers. But his piano and other keyboard contributions are also significant, bolstered by lead and background vocals. Gary has toured extensively, and is currently finishing up his second album. He was previously with Wayne Baker Brooks, James Armstrong, and the Chicago Blues Festival Europe Revue.


Dan


Dan Parks Bass

Dan has played bass for nearly forty years, starting in early high school. His first few bands were truly terrible, but as time went on he met better musicians who helped bring up his skills. He played in Bay Area clubs throughout college, and shocked his parents upon graduation by going on the road with a disco band. With that experience out of the way, he decided music would become his hobby rather than vocation. More recently, he has been part of the house band at Sierra Repertory Theatre and a regular member of the Columbia College Big Band.


Ryan


Ryan Rainville Sound Engineer

A graduate of Audio Technology at Modesto Sound Institute, Ryan has a diverse and eclectic background. He previously toured with metal act Fuggermuddas, and followed up with a stint as sound engineer for neo folk hipsters The Strum Ponies. In his spare time, Ryan writes dyslexic poetry.