George Paul (Avant Gardeners, Playing With Fyre and Potent Brew), Ed Howe (Perpetual e-Motion and Barefoot), & Rob Zisette (Toss The Possum)
The Buzz Band came together in 2021 at WCDH when Ed Howe (Perpetual Emotion and Barefoot) joined Rob Zisette (Toss the Possum and Playing with Fyre) and George Paul (Avant Gardeners, Playing with Fyre and Potent Brew) to play a couple of sets together. Recognizing the chemistry, Warren Doyle named them the Buzz Band! Come on out and get a musical buzz on with the Buzz Band!
Wes Maluk & David White
The Redbud Ramblers are Wes Maluk (guitar, tenor banjo, bodhran and dumbek) and David White (Fiddle, banjo and jaw harp). This high-energy band has roots in old time Appalachian music and Celtic music with several original banjo and fiddle tunes that don’t always resemble either of those genres.
Wes has played mostly Celtic in his other bands, as reflected in his guitar style that varies from nuanced and flowing to hard driving rhythms. He also plays a mean tenor banjo and last but not least, he can step up the groove with Bodhran and dumbek.
David is rooted in old time (= rock n roll) and is known for his driving style on fiddle and banjo, playing a mix of old time, other traditional tunes and several originals. He also periodically fills the room with the groovy sound of his jaw harp. The fusion of music genres and powerful, grooving playing styles result in a combination that makes dancers happy! Did I mention they like to sing too?
Will Mentor is a contra and square dance caller from Northern Vermont known for his clear teaching, upbeat wit, and relaxed stage presence. He loves to choreograph evenings with a variety of dances and tempos that at times surprise and always delight. As he once said, “I usually have a great time calling. Between the demographics of the dancers, the band, the hall, the temperature, etc. — every evening of contra dances has its own identity.” And always, he keeps intact his guiding principle as a caller: “It’s about the dancers!”
Cis has delighted contra and square dancers since 1985 with her skilled teaching, welcoming manner, playful enthusiasm, and masterful selection of dances.