While in high school in the early 70’s, when bass guitars were king, Kerrville native Gary Hatch was loaned a dusty old WW II vintage doghouse bass. While his friends were rocking out to the top hits of the day, he was developing his chops with popular area jazz and swing artists to the sounds of New Orleans Dixieland and Big Band. He left for Texas A&M well prepared to make the switch to bluegrass, country, gospel and pop…. playing and singing with friends for extra spending money. Today, his love for all musical styles and a knack for singing vocal harmony against a simultaneous bass thump allows him to enjoy performing with many groups and genres. His standup bass can be heard on several Texas artist CD’s. He is an architect, married for 28 years and enjoys songwriting and remodeling his 86 year old hillside home.
A self-taught musician, Bryon grew up singing “a cappella’ in the Church of Christ. His father was a pianist and his mother played the accordion. Bryon showed a natural affinity for music at a young age, so his father bought him a drum set at age 7. He was greatly influenced by the music of The Beatles, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, and John Bonham of Led Zeppelin. In 1976, Bryon Foster started playing the drums in his first band, “Absolute Zero.” He honed his skills by engaging in every performance opportunity he could get his hands on. Eventually, Bryon gave his talents to a higher cause, and started playing the drums at his Church. He has studied guitar and music theory with Kerrville’s own Kevin McCormick and percussion with Tom Van Schaik (drummer for Robert Earl Keen).
Dr. Donald Crandall was born and raised in Norwich, NY and began studying piano at age 4. He received his Bachelors of Music degree from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY and immediately pursued his Masters of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. Dr. Crandall then taught music for two years at the South Shore Conservatory of Music and the Powers Music School in Massachusetts. He moved to Texas in order to pursue and receive his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin. In 1997, Dr. Crandall began teaching at Schreiner University where he teaches: Private Piano, Group Piano, Piano Proficiency, Sight- Singing/Ear Training, Music Theory, and Aesthetics of Western Music. Dr. Crandall is also the Director of Schreiner University’s Music Department. In addition to performing, Dr. Crandall enjoys weightlifting and riding his motorcycle through the beautiful hill country of Texas.
As a music educator (fancy for band director!) living in Kerrville, Texas, Mike Kasberg's experience ranges from playing in pit orchestras for musicals, directing musicals and performing for private events as well as corporate functions. He taught public school band and as well as college band. Mike is an advanced performer on saxophone, clarinet and flute.