Swings The Thing Big Band

Swing's The Thing

Meet The Sax Section

Ken Ken Tilger (Alto Sax)

Ken hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and holds Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Arts in Applied Music degrees from Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio. He has studied with Marino Galluzzo, Al Goelz, William Malone, and Chad Eby. In addition to Swing's the Thing, Ken is also a member of the Columbus Saxophone Quartet. Other performance experience includes local funk/R&B bands Mescalito and Gruv, the O.K. Syncopators big band, the Main Street Jazz Band, Westerville Community Concert Band, Columbus State Concert Band, Bexley Meadow Band, and Westerville Civic Symphony. In addition to his performing experience, Ken taught instrumental music to grades 5-12 in both the private and public school systems in central Ohio. He currently maintains a private saxophone studio and is a sheet music specialist in the instrumental department at Stanton's Sheet Music in Columbus.

Dan Dan Sullivan (Alto Sax)

Dan joined the band shortly after it began.
After a short break he is back playing as well as ever...

Tony Tony Kertis (Bari Sax, Clarinet)

Tony "Who Need's Music" Kertis. What can you say, but wow, what a great soloist.

Bob Bob Carpenter (Tenor Sax, Clarinet, Flute)

Bob plays not only for Swing's the Thing, but you will also find him with the Rick Burnetto band.

Alan Alan Stull (Soprano and Tenor Sax)

Alan Stull - Baritone and Soprano Saxophones
Have Sax will travel, that is Alan's motto. If there is live band music being performed around central Ohio you will probably find Alan playing.

Other musical endeavors: PRESENT
- Cyndi Black Big Band, Bexley, OH (tenor and soprano saxes)
- In Full Swing, Whitehall, OH (alto and soprano)
- Rick Puderbaugh Jazz Quartet (saxes)
- Grove City Community Winds (baritone). Concert band under the direction of Jim Swearingen, nationally renowned composer / arranger, educator, and clinician.
- River Ratz – Dixieland/Nostalgic Combo (tenor and soprano)
- Emerald City Orchestra – Dublin, OH.
- ‘Wizard Of Oz’ pit orchestra – Ohio Theatre – March 9-11, 2007

- Started Alto Sax in 4th grade, involved in Choir, Stage Band, Pep Band, Marching Band, and Concert Band, section leader and squad leader – John Philip Sousa Band Award Winner for 1978
- Church choir – Charleston United Methodist Church, Charleston, PA.
- Moved to Columbus in 1979 to work in the Data Center at Lazarus Stores.
- DeVry Jazz Band.
- Golden Buckeyes Big Band – Columbus, OH since 1983
- Led the ‘Déjà Vu Big Band’ in Columbus from 1988 to 1995.
- Highland Baptist Church Orchestra and ‘Living Christmas Tree’ last 6 years.
- ‘1940’s Radio Show’ pit orchestra – Emerald City Players, Dublin Theatre.

In his own words:
Music education and participation have had a great influence in my life. Without the team building experience of school and church music programs I would never have accomplished the things that have meant so much to me. Opportunities for friendship, mentoring and even professional career employment have come from musical networking and ensemble sessions. My children have also gained through the experiences that band programs have to offer. As an old fellow in Groveport once told my son Chris, “A boy who blows a horn won’t be caught blowing a safe!”

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