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.
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.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Ajuana is an awe-inspiring performing artist who's repertoire includes theater and television performances. Her uplifted high energy, funky soul vocals
have been echoing the rootsy, soulful sounds from her infectious spirit since she can remember! She is definitely a stunning & brilliant talent to be reckoned with!
Ajuana has been perfecting her marvelous gift of inspiring soul through her uplifting lyrics & passionate stage performance! With just one listen to her soulful songs, you will become drawn to her special energy & what she has to give..."A personal representation of true lyrical & vocal inspiration!"
Keyboard / Vocals
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.
Richard O. Hurley
Guitar / Vocals
Rick's musical influences started way back in the 60's centered around gospel, soul and R&B artist out of Chicago, Detroit (Motown) and Ohio artists. Vocal training and competition from grade school though graduating high school along with many years of gospel choir experience contribute to his passion for music. He began playing guitar around 8 years old out of curiosity and it just became a habit/hobby duplicating almost everything heard on his "Axe". Primarily an electronics engineering technology professional, Rick has been writing, recording, producing and collaborating with primarily Bay Area musicians in entertainment since moving to the Bay Area in 1980. Known as a "Funkateer" his rhythms and other "Guitar candy" will sweeten the beat in your feet and groove in your shoes.
Andre Van Lewis
Bass / Vocals
Andre's musical influences started way back in the 70's with such players as Larry Graham, Stanley Clarke, Louis Johnson and Jaco Pastorius. Since then he has played with Motown's "Temptations" as well as other local greats that include Ms Taylor P. Collins, Jackie Payne, The Blues Hall of Fame entertainer Alvin Draper, J.C. Smith's Back to Back Blues Band, Billy Davis Blues Band, C.P. Love. Andre has a very smooth, funky, solid style of playing that definitely adds to the show and excitement of The Touch Of Class Band. Andre is also the leader and bassist of his own smooth jazz group "Just-AzZ"
Brandon "B" Renteria Sr.
Drums / Vocals
Born and raised in San Jose, Ca by two parents who shared a love of music. His father was a versatile singer who loved all genres of music and was always joined by Brandon's mother in singing harmonies with the family. At the age of five Brandon was taught to play the drums by both his older brothers Johnny and Robert Renteria. He started playing 1st trumpet in the 5th grade all the way up until he was a sophomore in high school. (He started playing clubs at the age of 12.) Brandon’s oldest brother Johnny taught him the style of David Garibaldi (Tower Of Power) who was taught by the Bay Area’s own Chuck Brown. Brandon has had the privilege and honor to play with a variety of Notable Musician & Artists such as legendary percussionist Pete “Pops” Escovedo and his son Juan Escovedo, Richard Aguon (Whispers drummer), Joe Bataan, Little Joe, C.P. Love, Malo, Jorge Santana, Brenton Wood, Lakeside, Mic Gillette (1stTrumpet Tower of Power) and Skip Mesquite (1st Sax Tower of Power), Ron Moton (1st Sax ConFunkShun), Carl Carlton (“Bad Mama Jamma”), Rose Royce, Rodney “O”, Joe Cooley, and Redbone just to name a few.... Aside from the solid drumming that you'll get from "B", you'll appreciate this mans vocals.
Trombone / Keyboard / Vocals
Ted Henderson's played trombone since the early 70's. Born in Chicago, his early influences included trombonist Fred Wesley and bands like Earth, Wind and Fire. In 1988, Ted came to the Bay Area and established himself as a composer, performer, recording engineer and teacher specializing in electronic music. In 2002, Ted became a public school band director whose award-winning groups performed in Las Vegas, Chicago, Los Angeles and all over the Bay Area. These days, Ted serves as principal of an arts-integration elementary school. Ted holds degrees in composition, electronic music, music education and school administration.
Donny Albrecht is a freelance musician who has had the privilege of performing alongside Blood Sweat and Tears, The Eagles, and Doc Severinsen, along with many others. Donny is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, where he studied with Lin Biviano. After Berklee, Donny studied lead trumpet with Jay Saunders at the University of North Texas. Donny then continued his musical studies in New York City at Queens college under Michael Philip Mossman. Upon graduating with his Master’s in Jazz Trumpet from Queens College, Donny pursued his Doctor of Music degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign under Tito Carrillo and Ronald Romm. Continuing his professional career in the San Francisco Bay Area, Donny plays in various musical settings as a freelance musician. Donny currently teaches trumpet at Reeder Music Academy, Tim’s Music, the Vacaville Christian School, and serves as a sought-after clinician in the area.
Mario's a very talented young man from Los Angeles who now resides in the Bay Area who plays ALL the saxes and flute with just a touch of piano and drums. Another excellent player and reader.
A man of few words, but says things and lives by: "You practice for rehearsal not during rehearsal" or he'll just simply say - "I'm a saxophonist"
He studied Jazz Studies at Diablo Valley College and California Jazz Conservatory and has played with such groups as Brass Mafia
and The Blursday Night Band
, as well as his church band.
Mario is very excited as to what he can bring to the TOC Horn Line!
Baritone Saxophone / Vocals
Born and raised in the South Bay, Rachel has been obsessed with music for as long as she can remember. After playing alto sax for a couple of years in middle school, one day she upgraded to Bari sax and never looked back. Rachel participated in a few musical exchange programs in her youth, including playing at the Okayama Symphony Hall in Japan, and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. After completing her undergrad at UC Santa Cruz, Rachel has explored a wide variety of musical projects in the Bay Area, from soul to Americana to swing to reggae. Along with holding it down on Bari sax, Rachel enjoys singing supporting vocals, and she adds so much to the Horn Line with her dancing! Her favorite part of playing music is connecting with others through a common language, from her hometown to across the world.
John is a sound engineer with 15 years of experience running audio systems. His work history includes Paramounts Great America, JK Sound, and Trucco Lighting & Sound. In addition, he spent three years aboard Carnival Cruise Lines running large format audio consoles for full scale Broadway style production shows and lounge bands. While on board John was fortunate to provide audio support to some of the best musicians found around the world. In his spare time he regularly volunteers his technical expertise to a local public school district and community events.
John is thrilled to run the audio system and technical aspects for the Touch of Class band.