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  Brien Burke, Drums

Gear: Sonor Delite Maple kit, Paiste 2002 cymbals
Origin: Anamosa, big move to Toddville in 1990
Additional projects: Graffitti, Alternate Route, Concrete Blanket, Gary Gibson Group, MB Bluz

Brien received his first drum kit for Christmas in his early teens. His Anamosa high school band director always said, “Just improvise!” – and he has been doing so ever since. Brien’s first “paid gig” was with the band Hard Road, later to become known as frat party favorite, Graffiti, covering a wide variety of music from country rock to rock. Several years later, a few members of Graffiti formed the band, Alternate Route, entertaining fans in Anamosa/Cedar Rapids area, in addition to opening for the Ozark Mountain Daredevils. Alternate Route was together long enough to have played for several wedding receptions and – in some cases, unfortunately – their subsequent divorce parties! In recent years, Brien’s performed with the band, the Pawns, and was also a regular on the local jam circuit, including fill-in work with local artists such as MB Bluz and Gary Gibson. In 2010 Brien played drums for the hard rock project, Concrete Blanket. He got “Stranded” in the fall of 2010 and has been playing high energy rock ever since.

 

  John Hall, Bass Guitar

Gear: Thunderbird Basses, Fender Jaguar Bass. Waterstone TP12 12-String Bass, Hagstrom HB8 8-String Bass, Ampeg B200R Amp, Marshall VBA400 Amp, Marshall VBC412 Cab, Trace Elliot AHM350SMX Amp, Genz-Benz NEOX212T Cab
Origin: Cedar Rapids via Memphis, Tennessee via Macon, Georgia
Additional projects: Funk 101, Orchestra Iowa, Funk Stop, Summit

John is an accomplished musician and music educator and the recipient of the Iowa String Teacher Association Studio Teacher of the Year in 2009. He has been in the music scene for many years and his “Behind-the-Music” story can be found at www.johnhallbassplayer.com. John is very familiar to many corridor live music aficionados, and is enjoying the opportunity to explore his rock passions Stranded-style!

 

  Patrick Harrison, Lead Guitar/Vocals

Gear: Marshall, ESP, Gibson
Origin: Bethany, IL
Additional projects: Joker X-Press

Born and raised in the Decatur and Bethany, Illinois area, Patrick and his family came to Cedar Rapids in 1998. He’s been playing the guitar since he was 10 years old. By the time he was 21, Patrick was doing a lot of song writing and working in a recording studio. He worked as a full-time musician for the central Illinois band Joker X-Press from 1989 to 1993. Many Stranded fans rush to early seating – in time to catch some of Patrick’s dynamic “art” and skillful improvisation during sound checks.

 

  Adam Beck, Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar

Gear: Guild, Presonus, TC Helicon, Shure, Sennheiser
Origin: Maquoketa – Dubuque – Cedar Rapids
Additional Projects: Middle-Town, Center Stage Variety Band, The Shiz, Street Talk, solo acoustic performer

Adam is a popular solo artist and can be seen regularly throughout the regional casino circuit and many other live music venues. He joined Stranded in Iowa in 2011 and has “wowed” audiences with his expansive range and ability to cover many “power tenor” rock artists in his true-to-form style. He has opened for many national acts, such as Rick Springfield, Billy Dean, Tone-Loc, Richard Marx, The Outfield, Gaelic Storm, and Vertical Horizon (and even Weird Al Yankovich!). Adam is an accomplished vocalist, having received a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Clarke College in 1997. Learn more about Adam at www.adambeckmusic.com.

 

  Billie Tessendorf, Keyboards/Vocals

Gear: Kurzweil K2600, Yamaha S30 keyboards
Origin: Lena, Illinois
Additional projects: The Pulse and Shades of Grey (Illinois/Wisconsin state line area), Flashback, Chaos (Eastern Iowa)

Billie has been “Stranded in Iowa” since her birth in Dubuque, although she spent her formative years in northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin. She relocated to the Cedar Rapids area in 1997. Billie’s passion for all things musical started when she began taking piano lessons at age 4, followed with participation in school choirs, jazz and marching bands and community theater. She has worked as a church organist and accompanist and has played keyboards and sung professionally for other band projects, including The Pulse, Shades of Gray, and Flashback.


 
 
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