Jim Neist & The Kettle Moraine Blues
Jim Neist & The Kettle Moraine Blues: Jim Neist has been principal first trumpet with the Palmyra-Eagle Community Band for over a decade. His rendition of Andrews Sisters classic Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy on trumpet is a PECB concert favorite. He also leads the PECB feature ensemble, the Kettle Moraine Blues (KMB), composed of Jim —director, arranger, and lead trumpet, Ellie Hawes--Saxophone, Gina Neist—Bass Clarinet, Todd Kienitz--Trombone, Deb Gilbert--Keyboard, Jim Nelson--Tuba, and Nancy Campbell—Trumpet & Percussion. Ed Pierce-Vocals & Percussion. The KMB is the Palmyra-Eagle Community Band's featured ensemble, performing at most concerts and events. Its director Jim Neist arranges most of their impressive selection of music. They bring their unique blend of artistic virtuosity, musical risk-taking, and "Joe- Cool"-blues attitude to everything they play: from old standards like Basin Street Blues, and the Entertainer Theme, to less-familiar aural treats like the Hawaiian War Chant and the Theme for the Addams Family. They are always up for a blues anthem or polka medley. More recently they started taking up the challenge of classic rock, like Van Morrison’s Moondance, Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, and even Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.