ST. CLAIRSVILLE -The ever popular Amanda Jones & The Family Band is returning to the City of St. Clairsville Central Park Complex stage on Tuesday, July 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. This is a show you won't want to miss!
Amanda Jones and The Family Band is fronted by Amanda Jones whose powerful belting vocals have undoubtly been the key to the band's success. From her original material, through various popular covers to a Sugarland Tribute act, Amanda never lets off the gas W Amand takes the stage, the audience can't help but sit up and take notice. Her strong vocals and commanding stage presence demands attention. Amanda has recorded her first 4 song EP here in NE Ohio in the summer of 2013 and is currently recording additional songs in Nashville for her upcoming full length CD release in the spring of 2014. Currently a junior bBiochemistry major at The University of Mount Union, Amanda continues to balance her time between featured songwriter nights in Nashville and gigging with The Family Band all over Ohio, PA and West Virginia. Additional highlights among her lengthy resume include lead roles in numerous regional community musical theater productions and performing "God Bless America" at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Brittany Fensternmaker, plays keys and sings backing vocals. Brittany has participated in many musicals, including many of the leading roles in shows such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Sound of Music and Les Miserables, which also earned her a Marquee Award nomination. She also has a deep and rich background in music as she has been classically trained in voice and studied Music and Theater at both Kent Band, she also serves as worship leader for Imago Dei Interim Ministry.
Brittany's husband, Nathan Fenstermaker plays bass, an instrument he picked up while he was visiting his gramdpa. He has loved music ever since! Nathan was first chair in his primary instrument, trumpet, all through high school and college and has participated in Honors Bands at YSU, Kent State and Malone University. He was also part of the chair choir at Malone and was involved in a Stomp group at Southeastern University. Nathan and Brittany welcomed their first child, Aaron, in August 2011 and just had their second Norah this past August.
The manager and technical director of the band, Michael Myhal, is no stranger to the professional music scene either. Filling the role as The Family Band's acoustic guitarist, Michael has also performed with a number of bands over the years, including his 10 yeras of ecperience as worship music director. Michael strives for the utmost in professionalism as he works with venues to book the band and adheres the following mindset; "We strive to be easy as we can to work with. We appreciate the opportunity to showcase the gifts with which God has blessed us and with is our passion to share that with as many people as we can."
Frank McDougal has been playing drums since he was a small child and in live bands since he was a young teen; Blue Jacket, Tower of Silence, Midnight Alley, to name a few. He has covered a wide range of styles including concert percussionist, classic rock, jazz, southern gospel, R & B, grunge, metal and currently Christian contemporary and country. Frank comes from a family with a rich heritage in music; Father, uncles, aunts, grandparents; next time you see him ask him about it and you will be amazed at the gene pool from which this boy came from. Besides drums, Frank is also versed on the bass, guitar, accordian, and vocals. He tells us it's all relative and he plays these instruments just well enough to make him dangerous. However, he also tell us this; "Seriously, I was saved from myself by my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ 10 or so years ago. At this point, I knew that the gift I was given was for a purpose and no longer just for entertainment. I returned to my bluegrass and country roots as well as Christian contemporary and prefer to stay here."
Michael Seifert is the newest member of the band, and he covers guitars and keys. Michael's love for music began when he started piano lessons as a child and grew as he picked up a new instruments. He has played tenor saxphone for his high school's marching band and the bassoon for Symphonic Band. He has also played bassoon for the Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra for three years and was the principal bassoonist one year. Another musical group Michael is actively involved with is his church's praise band. He plays guitar for Sunday morning services as well as bassoon for their passion plays. Michael is currently a junior at Youngstown State University and is studying Mechanical Engineering.
The summer concerts series will be held each Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. until July 29 with one exception which will be on Tuesday, July 2 - on this night St. Clairsville will be honored with the presence of the United States Air Force Band of Flight. All concerts wil be held at the stage area at the City's Cebtral Park Complex which is located at 102 Fair Avenue off South Sugar Street.
The concerts have free admission however donations are warmly accepted. Handicapped and restrooms are available along with concessions. Concert goers are asked to bring their own chairs or blankets to sit on. No alcoholic beverages are permitted. For more information about the concerts pleas contact the recreation department at 740-695-2037.