Merry Christmas Tonight
Paul Mast - vocals Paul Mast comes from a family that has performed Ragtime, Jazz, and Classical music for over 95 years. His Grandfather and Father performed professionally throughout the country. Bucking his family tradition, Paul performs more for fun than a profession. Paul was inducted into the Who's Who in Music in 1981. He currently holds the record for most musical performances at his high school. The trumpet is his instrument of choice, but he plays all of the brass instruments. During his career, Paul entered several vocal competitions and has won them all. He was chosen for the Kansas State Music Education Association Choir, and was fourth ranked bass/baritone in the state. Paul was a musician in the Marching and Concert Bands at the University of Kansas, and has performed at both Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals games. He is an active member of his church choir and is currently the Director of Children's Music. Kevin Sanders Composer - performer Guitar, Bass, Piano, Trumpet, banjo-guitar, ukulele Kevin has performed, composed and recorded in a variety of musical styles throughout his career. Throughout the more than 35 years he has been writing music, he has composed several songs as well as a march, four rags, a beguine, and has published a folio of seven instrumental pieces for piano titled, Pound That Melody! Bands such as The Leopards and The Kontroversy have recorded his songs. As a writer, Kevin strives for the high standards of the best songwriters and composers of the twentieth century. Kevin was a founding member of The Etcetera String Band, a well-known Ragtime string group. As a member of The Etcetera String Band for nearly 30 years, Kevin traveled throughout the country performing at Ragtime and Folk music festivals, including the Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C., by invitation of the Smithsonian. He appeared on all four of the band's highly acclaimed recordings and was featured in two PBS-TV specials: The Cradle of Ragtime and in concert at Mississippi State University. Kevin was featured on a National Public Radio special report on the famous Kansas City dancer "Doc" Brown. In addition to The Etcetera String Band, Kevin has played trumpet in both a marching band and a Jazz band, has accompanied fiddlers at fiddle contests, and is active in his church choir. Kevin also has played in rock bands The Leopards and The Kontroversy, both were 50s and 60s style Rock 'n' Roll bands. Kevin was with The Leopards when they were the opening act for a Talking Heads concert in Kansas City. Kevin's interest in music research has led to published articles in the Rag-Times and the Kansas City Rag-Time Revelry. He has also given symposiums and was interviewed for Uniquely Kansas City, a documentary on the history of the arts in Kansas City, produced by the local PBS station KCPT-TV.