Band Bios


Bruce SeltveitBruce Seltveit – Director, Trombone

Born – Turtle Lake, North Dakota

Raised and currently in Oak Harbor

Owns and operates Bruce’s Septic

Musical Experiences – 1974 Graduate of Oak Harbor High School and the music department; SeaNotes Band Director for 20 yrs; All Island Community Band Director; W. T. Preston Jazz Band; Brass Menagerie Quintet; Instructing high school brass players for local concerts and state music competitions.

Musical Highlights – As a high school senior received an award for All-Star performance at the Everett Community College Jazz Festival. Received an award for Excellence in Education for teaching young brass players from the Oak Harbor School District.



Dave Williams Dave Williams – Trombone,

From  Atlanta, GA

Currently –  Oak Harbor

Retired Naval Officer; Retired Harbormaster (City of Oak Harbor)

Musical Experiences –  High School Drum Major.  U.S. Naval Academy Antiphonal choir. No formal music education but played trombone from 4th grade through high school.  Following a 34 year layoff and retirement from the Navy, resumed playing trombone with the early SeaNotes in 1992. Also plays with the Skagit Swings.



John JuanJohn Juan – Vocalist

Born and raised in New York City

Currently –  Oak Harbor

Retired Naval Aviator;  Retired Middle School Science Teacher

Musical Experiences – Church choirs, Naval Air Training Command choir, Community Musical theatres, Community Chorus.

Musical Highlights – Lead roles in South Pacific, Camelot, and A Little Night Music.    Singing with the SeaNotes.



Dave Tuttle

David Tuttle – Soprano, Alto, Tenor saxes, Clarinet, Guitar and Baritone Uke.

From – Alamosa, CO., Albuquerque, NM, and Anaheim, CA

Currently – Clinton

Retired  Anaheim PD, Orange County District Attorney’s Office

Musical Experiences – School bands, all State bands, Touring, Stage, R & B, Dance Bands, Solo Work.

Musical Highlights:  Played in a big band at 16 and actually made money. 






lisa-kiilsholmLisa Kiilsholm – Trumpet

Navy brat. Early childhood spent in NAS Adak, AK

Currently – Burlington

Presently raising two pretty awesome teenagers and playing trumpet whenever possible.

Musical Experiences –  Past member of Skagit Symphony and Fidalgo Youth Symphony. Pit Orchestra musician for Theater Arts Guild, Bellingham Theater Guild, and META 

Currently with Seanotes, Skagit Swings, North Cascades Concert Band 





Ruth BacklundRuth Backlund – Piano, organ, guitar, vocalist

Born in Odell, Nebraska and grew up in the Midwest

Currently – Anacortes

Retired French, Art, and English high school teacher

Musical Experiences – Began piano at age 5, organ at age 10, guitar at age 12. Church organist for over 50 years.  Sang with a trio in California and with a madrigals group. With W. T. Preston Dixieland Band for about 12 years and the SeaNotes about 12 years ago. Accompanist for various theater groups, including  A. C. T.’s productions of “Chicago” and “Little Shop of Horrors”




Gordon BainbridgeGordon BainbridgeTenor and baritone saxes; bass clarinet; upright and electric basses.

From Fort Wayne, Indiana. Lived in California for 30 years.  

Currently -Greenbank  Gentleman farmer and musician.

Retired IT pro.  

Musical Experiences- Became interested in jazz when 12. Played clarinet and sax through high school. Quit for 40 years. After retiring and moving to Washington from California, took lessons and learned to play jazz. Played sax in Vince Fejeran’s band in the Skagit Valley Community College.  

Musical Highlight -Starting a successful dance and cabaret band (LocoMotion) on South Whidbey Island in 2007.              




Jeff Stiern


Jeff Stiern –  Drums, Percussion  

From Bakersfield, CA  

Currently – Coupeville  

Retired Elementary School Teacher

Musical Experiences – Symphony Orchestras in Bakersfield, CA and on Whidbey Island. Pit bands in musicals.





Michael Newbrough – TrumpetMichael Newbrough 3

Born in Auburn, CA. Lived/worked 30 years near San Diego

Currently – Anacortes (12 years)

Retired Political Science Professor

Musical experiences  – Played in U.S. Army bands, Europe and through university years. Currently with the Skagit Community Band (10 yrs)






Steve SchwalbeSteve Schwalbe

Trumpet, French Horn, Guitar

Currently – Oak Harbor

From – Long Beach Beach California and Spokane

Professor at American Public University and Columbia College.

Musical Experiences – Competition jazz band, Musical theatre in Germany and Korea, Brass quintet. Currently with the Skagit Community Band.

Musical Highlight – 10 years with the National Concert Band (DC).




John LeaserJohn Leaser – Saxes and Clarinet

From – South Bend IN and Niles MI

Currently – Greenbank

Retired Nuclear Power engineer, Aerospace Engineer

Musical Experiences – UW Marching Band, Community Bands, 5 Big Bands, Community choruses, Theater orchestra.

Musical Highlights – Marching at the Rose Bowl, Chorale at Carnegie Hall, Leading an instrumental Trio, Playing with the Seanotes




 Tim Mailot – Tenor     sax, trombone

From – Olympia, WA

Currently – Oak Harbor

Band Instrument Repair

Musical Education – 2 years music major at Western Washington University

Musical Experiences – Since 2009 played in community bands in Takoma Park, Ma, Fairfax, Va, Olympia, Lacey, Whidbey Island, Skagit Community band and with the civil air patrol swing band in Maryland.

Musical Highlights – Having the opportunity to meet and play with fellow musicians far more talented than I. I’ve learned a lot form them all!                       



Jasmine Clemenson – Tenor & Baritone Saxophone

From  – Spokane, WA/ Mount Vernon and Anacortes

Currently – Burlington

Advertising designer and radio theater music director with KSVR 91.7 FM Mount Vernon as well as a skincare and beauty consultant.

Musical Education – Music studies began at age 6 learning piano, flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, tuba, guitar and drums.  Associates in Music transfer degree from Skagit Valley College.

Musical Experiences – Anacortes High School ensemble, SVC Jazz 2012-2015, Skagit Community Band 2012-present,

Musical Higlights –  Organizing International Jazz Day events through SVC and KSVR for 2 years and working with Tootie Heath for IJD 2016.


Valetta Faye  – Vocalist

From  – Louisiana/Michigan

Currently – Oak Harbor

Created Fayetta16 Productions.  A member of the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce. Member of the League of Women Voters of  Whidbey Island.

Musical Experiences –  Featured vocalist for the Jim Dixon Trio in Detroit and the surrounding Michigan area.  Performed as the lead vocalist for various big bands and ensembles throughout the San Francisco Bay area.

Musical Higlights –  Performed at the New York New York Hotel in Las Vegas; Interviews on “Nights Over Las Vegas” radio shows; Recording contract with Tik Magic City Records; Sang the National Anthem at the 2016 Oak Harbor Music Festival. 




Norris Hooton – Saxophone, Clarinet, Bassoon

Born in Chicago, IL and raised on a farm in Indiana.

Currently – Anacortes

Retired from Allied-Signal (Now Honeywell) in 1987.


Musical Experiences – Began playing clarinet at the age of 9. Attended Indiana University School of Music. Played in various jazz ensembles. Currently active with the Seanotes, the Skagit Swings, the Jerry Jones Quartet, the Skagit Community Band, and the W. T. Preston Dixieland Jazz Band.

Musical Highlights – Played clarinet and bassoon in the Lackland Air Force Base “Band of the West”. Was the Principal clarinetist with the South Bend, Indiana Symphony Orchestra. Works with the Anacortes School System music department mentoring and helping with the jazz program.



Steve Pearse – Tenor and Alto Sax

From: Utica and Rochester New York

Currently – Langley

Retired high school English teacher and writing assignment director

Musical Education – High school concert and stage band.; Western Wa U. marching band.

Musical  Experiences – Took up the saxaphone after 45 years away from music.

Musical Highlights – Thankful for the support of five saxaphone teachers/mentors. I’m thrilled to be a member of the Seanotes.








Linda Gruber (Herring) – Vocalist, keyboard

 Born – Yokosuka, Japan – grew up largely in Oak Harbor, WA

 Currently –  Sedro-Woolley

 Retired Civil Service (30+ years)

Musical Experiences  –  Trained in piano, choir and specialty groups. First professional solo performance in 10th grade. 30 years professional vocalist.  Darcy and  I started singing together in 1987 – weddings, funerals, National Anthem at WWF Wrestling Match, 9-11 Memorial at NAS Whidbey, various Navy League and Civil Service Retirement dinners, city Veteran’s Day events. 10 years singing with the Seanotes and now returning after 5 years’ absence.

Musical Highlight(s) –  Coca Cola Rodeo 3rd place competitive singing winner, and Ventura County Choir and Orchestra performance of Midsummer Night’s Dream (with Clair Bloom).


Darcy Sullivan – Vocalist

Born in South Dakota – Grew up in Anacortes, WA

Currently –  Oak Harbor 

Retired Federal Government. Worked Civil Service for 28 years at NAS Whidbey Island 

Musical Education: Grew up singing – gospel, rock-n-roll and choral (throughout elementary and high school).

Musical Experiences: Sang in choral groups throughout school in Anacortes. Sang in duos, trios, girl’s sextext, swing choir, high school choirs. Started doing musical plays in 1991 – 13 in all between Anacortes and Oak Harbor Theatres. Linda & I started singing together in 1987 – did weddings, funerals, National Anthem at WWF Wrestling Match, 9-11 Memorial @ NAS Whidbey, various Navy League dinners, Veteran’s Day.




Rosemary Kunow – Alto/Tenor Sax, Clarinet

From – Born in Oklahoma, lived Guam and Florida, but raised mostly in Southern CA

Currently –  Polnell Point area outside of Oak Harbor, WA

Retired aerospace engineer (TRW/Rockwell/Boeing)

Musical Experiences – Began playing clarinet in 4th grade and saxophone in 9th grade. College community bands in Southern CA, Skagit & All-Island Community Bands in Washington.

Musical Highlight(s) – Starting to play again, after about 10 years. Finding the Skagit Community Band and SeaNotes has been wonderful.



George Weed – Saxaphone, ClarinetGeorge Weed

From – California

Currently – Sedro Woolley

Musical Experience – U. S. Army Post Band

Retired Health and Safety Consultant

Currently performing with the SeaNotes, Skagit Community Band, Camano Junction, and Saxtet Northwest







Larry Wilhelm – TrumpetLarry Wilhelm

Born – Tacoma, WA . Graduated from WSU,

Currently – Oak Harbor

Retired Teacher. Taught in LaConner and Oak Harbor School districts for 35 years.

Musical Experiences – SeaNotes and the Whidbey Island Jazz Society. 





Bob Juhl


Bob Juhl – Trombone

From – Born in Tacoma. Raised at Five Mile Lake.

Currently – Anacortes

Dentist at NAS Whidbey Island

Musical Experience – School 5th through 9th grade.





Ken Crane – Bass Guitar, Bass Trombone, Guitar, PianoKen Crane (2)

From Ontario, CA, Spokane, WA

Currently – Anacortes

Anesthetist at Island Hospital in Anacortes


Musical Experiences – SeaNotes and the Skagit Swings Big Band. Many theater productions.

 Musical Highlight – Just playing  Bass in the rhythm section.