Rusty added his musical skills to DCJB in 2002. In addition to DCJB, over the years Rusty has played with a diverse group of musicians including Steve Allen of the Tonight Show, the UNT One O'Clock Lab Band, Sherman Andrus of The Imperials, David Phelps of the Gaithers, the 5th Army Band, San Antonio Little Theater and numerous musical productions at Plymouth Park Baptist Church in Irving. Rusty is a retired Letter Carrier with the U.S. Postal Service but stays very busy teaching private percussion lessons in the Irving Independent School District as well as at Murphy's Music in Irving. He is a member of Oak View Baptist Church, where he plays in the orchestra and works with the student ministry.
Piano / Keyboard
A classically-trained keyboardist who has been playing since she was 5 years old, Brenda has been a member of DCJB since 2010. She studied organ performance and church music in college and focused on classical music until she made the transition to jazz about five years before joining DCJB. In addition to tickling the ivories for DCJB Brenda regularly plays in worship services, weddings and other special events and she is also a composer who has written about 20 tunes. Here’s how Brenda describes her DCJB experience: “Playing with the DCJB has been a great challenge, wonderful learning opportunity, and a bunch o' fun.”
Cathy has been DCJB’s vocalist since 2010 and says she really enjoys singing the old jazz standards that have been performed by the great artists of the past. Prior to joining DCJB Cathy toured the world with Continental Singers and was a featured soloist with that group. She also sang on the soundtrack for the Sally Fields film “Places in the Heart”. Cathy began singing in church at the age of four and has been part of a number of worship and praise teams in several churches. She has also taught children at Waterbrook Bible Fellowship and professionally she employs her love of teaching as a teacher at Range Elementary in Mesquite. If you notice Cathy shares the same last name as the 2nd trombone player that’s because they are married.