The Usual Suspects Band is this areas Best Wedding and Party Band, earning a 5 STAR Rating by and Gigmasters as well as a 2016 Preferred Vendor by Weddings.com!!! They have been called "Kentuckiana's Premier Wedding and Dance Band" by Barn Party USA Editor Tim Martin!!! Together they are an immensely talented and experienced group of professional musicians that have become highly sought after regionally. USB has performed all over Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Tennessee and continue to expand their horizons. This 9 piece group covers the 70's to Today's Top Rock, R&B, Pop, Funk & Motown...with Jazz and Swing standards available by request!!! The 4 Hornsmen of the Usual Suspects added to a Rhythm Section led by Louisville Music Icon Danny Darnall, makes for a Fantastic Evening of Entertainment!!! With an average of 26 years performing experience between our musicians, you will not find a more talented and entertaining band in the region!!!
Danny Darnall has been performing since the 70's as front man and is an accomplished pianist, bassist and drummer as well. He has fronted with The Falcons, Crushed Velvet and Smooth Boulevard.
Lead Guitarist Bruce Jones has been performing all over the U.S. for the past 36 years, sharing the stage with the likes of Tom Sholz of Boston, Travis Toy of Rascal Flatts and Jeff Douglas of the Oak Ridge Boys. Bruce says his influences come from the artists above, as well as Terry Kath of the Legendary Band Chicago, Average White Band, Tower of Power, Weather Report and many artists from the Motown era.
Martina Shirley is the lone Female in the Usual Suspects Band and as such, is the one that keeps us all in line as our voice of reason. She has an extensive background in musical performance on the Upright and Electric Bass for the past 20 years. Martina has performed in a variety of venues across the Kentuckiana Region and has experience playing in Classical Strings Orchestras, Rock, R&B, Motown, Gospel and Jazz Groups.
Mike Damron comes to USB as a well-known Piano Man from the Lawrenceburg Kentucky area. He is an accomplished pianist and vocalist that has performed all over the Eastern U.S. He has also been known to lend his talents to Off Broadway Musicals and He plays one mean organ!
Darren Morgan is the Heart Beat behind the Usual Suspects Band. He has been performing on the Drums, Percussion, Piano and Bass for 23 years in the Central Kentucky Region. A talented free-lance drummer, Darren says his influences come from many genre's of music including Rock Drummer Neil Pert, as well as famed Jazz Drummers Buddy Rich and Dave Weckl.
Then we get to our ultra talented "4 Hornsmen" of the Usual Suspects Band...
Featured soloist Brandon Bell brings his soulful saxophone sounds to USB with over 10 years of performance and teaching experience, recently performing with Michael Bolton on tour. He is also a highly regarded music educator and continues to run his own music studio in Louisville.
Tenor Saxophonist Jeff Mackey has 26 years of performance experience and is the Founder of the Usual Suspects Band. Jeff studied Music at the University of Louisville, learning from Local Sax Greats Mike Tracy and Jamie Aebersold. He has performed on the Louisville Music Scene with Leo Night and The Moonlighters as well as the popular rock band Goldbrick. Jeff also does the managing and marketing for the group so when you need us, call him!
Doug Finke is a well known Trombonist with national and international performing experience. After making Louisville his home, This Chicago native has performed all over the world. He has performed with Jim Beebe's Chicago Jazz Band, Bob Shulz Frisco Jazz Band as well as with Warren Vache, Kenny Davern, Richard Wyandss, Jim Cullum, John Bunch and James Charillo and is a much sought after Free Lance and Studio Musician.
Power and High Notes on the Trumpet is what Lead Trumpeter Daniel Fieselman brings to the Usual Suspects Band. He has toured nationally and internationally and is in high demand as a Studio Musician. Daniel is also a talented writer and arranger and is Usual Suspects' Music Director!
When you spend an evening with Usual Suspects Band, you will be treated to music covering the likes of Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire, Delbert McClinton, Otis Redding, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Ritchey, The Blues Brothers, Tower of Power and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy among many others. Contact USB to entertain your next Event!!!