Brass-Kickin' Rock and Soul!

Who We Are...

Donnie Sadowski
Drums, percussion, vocals

Drummer/vocalist and founding member Donnie Sadowski is a graduate of Berklee College of Music. He honed his skills over the years playing in professional GB bands Mass Connomwealth, and Down East, which he co-founded with his sister Susan. Down East was considered the premiere band for corporate events, proms and weddings throughout the seventies, eighties and nineties. Don also gained experience in jazz with the Solar Jazz Quartet. He is an original member of the Time Machine. While playing in Down East, Donnie's deep love of the music of Steely Dan remained strong. His desire to expand his musical horizons led to the creation of 9Teen, and Don has been the driving force behind the band throughout its existence.


Nancy Morris
Vocals, keyboards, percussion

Nancy was a member of the immensely popular club and function band Something Katchy, and has since done amazing things in the music world, including appearing on the Grand Ole Opry, touring with major artists like Brenda Lee and Radney Foster, teaching at the Berklee College of Music, and currently being a member of Central Mass super-group 9Teen.


Jim Perry
Keyboards, percussion, vocals

Jim Perry has reached a level of respect that few attain in the music business. A versatile musician, songwriter, singer and arranger, Jim has spent his entire adult life pursuing his passion for all things music. The 1970's were spent travelling around New England as the guitarist for the legendary rock band, Albatross. For the next ten years, Jim dabbled in many different aspects of music, including stints in Tornado Alley, The Reflectors, and his own original rock band, The Heartbeats. In between gigs, Perry became a prolific songwriter, and found time for some studio production. Jim started a fruitful music relationship with Donnie Sadowski when he joined Down East in the late eighties. Donnie and Jim started the classic sixties band Time Machine in the nineties. They went their separate ways for a while. In 2011, when 9Teen was searching for a new keyboard player, Jim reunited with Donnie and has helped bring the band to new heights.


LAPD
Guitar, vocals

Central N.E. Guitarist, Musician for over 30 yrs. Studio and Performing Guitarist for multiple Artists and well known Bands. (Berklee College of Music alumni, Boston,Ma.), guitarist for Brian Lewis Big Band (Berklee College). Started the Band 9Teen with Don Sadowski in early 2003. Check out the L.A. Guitar Sound.


Jim Arnott
Bass

Bassist extraordinaire Jim Arnott spent twenty years as a member of the well known club/wedding band Windsong. In his early days, Jim cut his teeth in various show bands, and dove into the blues with the Babe Pino Band. As Jim tells it, "When my friends and I heard the Beatles, we bought a couple of guitars in a pawn shop. I broke the two high strings! So, my friend said, well, I guess you're playing bass!" Jim is highly regarded among fellow musicians as one of the best around. Along with Don on drums, he is the foundation of the 9Teen sound.


Bobby "Breeze" Holfelder
Trombone, percussion

Breeze has always had eclectic tastes in music. While still in High School, he studied with Boston Symphony principal trombonist Ronald Barron, and jazz legend Phil Wilson. His versatility has made him a much sought-after freelance artist throughout New England. He's appeared with legendary artists such as The O'Jays, the Funk Brothers, and Frankie Valli, played famous venues, like Boston's Symphony Hall, and the Hatch Shell, and travelled abroad to play as well. He's contributed to dozens of recordings, and is featured in the book, Bonanza: Insight and Wisdom from Professional Jazz Trombonists. He is also an accomplished composer and arranger.


Brian Lewis
Trumpet

Composer, arranger, and trumpet player Brian Lewis is a professor at the Berklee College of Music, and teaches Jazz Arranging for Berklee Online. His jazz ensemble compositions/arrangements are regularly performed and recorded by many universities and colleges nationally and internationally. His transcriptions have been published by Keyboard magazine. As a performer, Brian has worked with the Mel Lewis Orchestra, David Clayton-Thomas, Donna Summer, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Phil Woods, Don Menza, the Fifth Dimension, the O'Jays, the Spinners, the Four Tops, the Temptations, Paul Anka, Sammy Davis Jr., the touring show of Beatlemania, and many others. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the State University of New York at Fredonia, and a Master's degree in Jazz Writing from the University of Miami (FLA).


Don Heider
Saxophones

Don has performed professionally on saxophone, flute, and clarinet for more than 30 years. As a member of the United States Air Force Band, Don performed lead alto saxophone and led both big bands and small group combos in hundreds of concerts and shows throughout the USA. During his Air Force career, he performed and conducted ceremonies for high level military and civilian dignitaries. Don's musicianship has brought him into contact with many great jazz and pop artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby Shew, Chuck Berry, Frank Sinatra Jr., and Toni Tennille.

Since retiring from the United States Air Force, Don has performed in the New England area. He has worked locally with the "Milestones Big Band", the popular group "Down East", the "Solar Jazz Quintet", and most recently, the band "9Teen" in which he has played numerous weddings, outdoor concerts, and clubs throughout New England. He has been heard on many occasions with 9Teen including Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Casinos where the group opened and closed main acts.