Stefan Warmuth

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David "Skip" Reinhard
1. trumpet
David (Skipdalip) Reinhart was born in Rochester, New York/USA but remedied that by moving to Berlin where he's been playing in a large variety of bands and theatres since 1984. Skip's own solo project keeps him busy and rockin' as well. Skip loves excellent cuisine and has been known to do damn near anything for a box of "Neuhaus Pralines" (Mousse au chocolat please).
Wolfram Borchert
2. trumpet
You can thank your lucky stars that after studying classical music at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, Wolfram decided to play jazz. He was also a regular in Berlin's Theater des Westens orchestra until it disbanded in 2001. Apart from his stylish solos on the trumpet he's also a talented singer. His sonorous bass voice (combined with nifty footwork!) is featured on stage in the fabulous SDO vocal trio!
Gerald Meier
Gerald hails from Hannover. He studied classical music, but survived the experience and for the last twenty years he's been working on the commercial side of the music business as a freelance trombonist and arranger. Alongside the SDO there's been work with the likes of the RIAS Radio Big band, the Theater des Westens in Berlin, and the BBC-Symphony-Orchestra in London.
From 1997 - 1999 he was tempted away from Berlin to become the musical director of the Friedrichsbau Varieté in Stuttgart but he missed his favourite city and returned in 1999. He now occasionally ventures out of town as a musical director on tour. Gerald is one of the busiest song arrangers in the business and many of the SDO arrangements come from his pen!
Jarek Jeziorowski
1. alto-sax
Jarek was born in Poland and studied piano and saxophone at the Katowitz Music Academy. Whilst still there he was in such demand as a professional player that he managed to travel the world, always refining his musical tastes.
In 1994 he moved to Berlin and launched himself onto the music scene here. Whether it's jazz, funk, studio or theatre work Jarek's as busy as ever. His wife admits: "Music is his greatest love. Without it he can't exist. And you hear it and feel it when he plays the saxophone."
James Scannell
2. alto-sax
James started playing the saxophone when he was 11 and just a few months later was playing live jazz gigs. When he was 18 he won a place at the Royal Academy of Music. A highlight of his time there was being chosen to play Benny Goodman's clarinet solos for a recreation of the famous 1938 Carnegie Hall concert. In 1997 James joined the Pasadena Roof Orchestra and toured with them for two years before moving to Berlin in 2000. James is in much demand on the Berlin scene playing all sorts of styles from contemporary classical to funk, be-bop and, naturally, classic swing and more with the SDO.
Seyyit El-Cherbiny
Seyyit is from a musical family from Izmir in Turkey. After studying piano and composition at the Conservatoire there he moved to Berlin at the beginning of the 1980s and has since made a name for himself as one of the top pianists around. For many years he's composed and arranged music for the Wintergarten Varieté theatre here in Berlin and along side the SDO runs his own latin inspired jazz-trio AMARCORD.
Johannes Gehlmann
When he was studying to be a sound engineer at the University of Arts in Berlin back in 1984 Jo was already freelancing as a guitarist in theatres and in professional bands in town. He worked with many famous names in the business here in Germany and international stars like Jennifer Rush, Nena and Tony Christie.
He's also played or composed music in all the major musical theatres in Berlin and right now is working on a new CD project together with trumpeter Skip Reinhart.
Bob Howell
Bobby is the senior member of SDO, but he is the one who keeps the band hot and swinging.
Born in the swing-era in Delaware/USA his first experience of big band playing was with the local award-winning high school band. After studying at the Indiana University School of Music Bob went to the army to do his national service, making it his solemn duty to play the drums!
He was stationed in Berlin and like all the other (former) foreigners in the band he fell in love and stayed. Ever since then he's been in great demand not least because of his famous discipline: "Showdrumming"!