Leader / Vocals / Timbales / Trombone
J.D. Hill is the founder and leader of The Touch Of Class Band. He is a dynamic front man with many years of experience putting together high energy show bands. J.D. has formal training in voice, percussion, and trombone. He contributes to the group's vocal and musical arrangements and is responsible for the incredible choreography. J.D. is certainly the man who puts and keeps it all together.
Peggy Dove comes from a musical family and has several years of formal training in piano and voice. Her musical influences are varied across genres and time periods, but they include strong female vocalists such as Joss Stone and Alicia Keys. With experience performing throughout northern California, Peggy's classy presence, unique tone, and piercing high notes make her a valuable member of the TOC family. Peggy wholeheartedly agrees with Ella Fitzgerald: "The only thing better than singing is more singing!"
Tammora C. Holloway
Tammora C. Holloway, known as Tammy, was born and raised in Oakland, CA. Singing is her passion. She was heavily influenced by her mother’s angelic voice. She started singing at a very early age. She comes from a talented family of singers and musicians. Tammy has performed in her uncles bands, and has also been in many gospel groups. She has a very wide range with alot of versatility. She can do a jazzy rendition of “Summertime”, and then bring down the house with the funky syncopated style of Mary J. Blige & Chaka Khan. Tammy’s excited about what she brings to TOC, - her voice and total dedication.
Jeff Miller bring many years of experience into the TOC mix. Growing up in Oakland, Jeff was influenced by bands like Tower of Power, Santana, John Lee Hooker, and Sly and the Family Stone. Carlos Santana's advice is to "play with your own signature," and Jeff truly takes that to heart. Jeff combines many different styles in his solos, including jazz, fusion, blues and rock phrasing. He believes that in addition to playing strong rhythms, a guitar, like the bass, has to "lock in" with the drums and give strong support to the vocalists.
Mike Connolly is a seasoned Bay Area veteran of the groove school of bass playing. Mike has played with the top dance bands in CA. Mike’s infectious grooves fill out the strong rhythm section and a welcome addition to TOC . Mike says "if it don’t funk then Funk it"!
Michael (MJ) Jackson
Since the 1970s, Michael (MJ) Jackson has pursued music, not only as a drummer, but also as a vocalist, composer and producer. Michael was given the nickname “j-groove” because of his smooth style of drumming. His soulful groove-style of playing has been featured with Nucleus, Three Dee and Hoosier Daddys. MJ has also shared the stage with Starpoint, Evelyn “Champange” King, Midnight Star, Vintage and the James Brown tribute band, and Papa’s Bag. He also worked for jazz label, Windham Hill Records. J-Groove is without a doubt the driving force behind TOC. With his drumming and lead singing he adds so much to the energy and show of TOC.
Jeanne Parson started playing the piano as a little girl. She holds a BA in Piano Performance and a Master’s degree in Electronic Music and Recording Media. After 4 years in college undergrad jazz band, she played in a pop music group for 12 years, touring the US and Canada. After grad school, she switched from performance to music creation, integrating music and speech into new technology as a composer and sound designer for Atari Games, Leapfrog Toys, and now for Microsoft. But she never lost the love of performing in bands, and you’ll see and hear it in every performance in every TOC performance.
Ray Espinoza brings over 35 years of sax playing to The Touch Of Class Band. A master of both tenor and baritone sax, Ray has been a musical director and has professional recording experience. His flowing tone and crisp staccato provide a rich sound, and his on stage experience makes him a substantial addition to TOC.
Fred Hoot's musical roots go back to the late 60s and 70s in the Philadelphia area covering blues, jazz, big band, classical, funk, avant-garde, and whatever other musical taste excited his palate. After moving to California in the 80s, Fred went back to his blues and jazz roots and became a fixture at local jam sessions. He played with many bands, including several years with the Madalyn Rose Blues Band and opening for Elvin Bishop at J.J.'s Blues Club venues. During recent years, Fred could be found guest starring with several great artists, including Kaye Bohler and her Blues and Jazz Bands. Fred adds a screaming top end to the TOC horn line.
Trumpet / Flugelhorn / Trombone / Keys / Vocals
George Jerome DeMar was born and raised in Oakland California. In his early years he traveled extensively around the world with just groups as The Drifters, The Coasters, Pure Gold Band, Touch N Go Band, and play as a side man with The Tavares Group, Sapo, and Billy Preston.
George plays Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Trombone, Hammond B3/keyboard and vocals. “G.O” has the polished skills and technique to perform the most intricate parts and at the same time he has the sensitivity to take a mellow ballad and leave not a dry eye in the house. Born under the sign of Leo,he will charm you, excite you, thrill you, but most of all will send you away feeling that you’ve had a rare and memorable experience.
Jerry Benjamin brings over 30 years of experience to TOC. He is a phenomenal guitarist and a recorded songwriter. Jerry has shared his talent as an instructor, producing students who have scored number one hits, platinum albums, and AMA awards. Jerry's soulful, jazzy guitar is a tremendous asset to The Touch Of Class Band.