All Big Items Are Nearly Settled

Planning the wedding so far has been fairly easy. Kate and I left Philadelphia Good Friday morning and arrived Northumberland a few hours later. We dropped our bags and headed out to a potential wedding reception site. Less than 8 hours later we had the following items checked off of our wedding plan to-do list: reception site, officiant, the band, and a photographer (tentative). Other than saying “I do” my primary concern has been quality music which, at this point, we’re guaranteed with the band that has been booked — Burgess, Mitchell & Seal.

Greg Burgess, a blues pianist and vocalist, has played with various bands including Joe Beard, Artie Renkel and Friends, and the Billtown Blues All-Stars. His original song, Sans Souci was featured in the 1996 historical documentary The People�s Bridge. He has performed a number of times on WVIA-FM�s Homegrown Music Series and has released recordings with the band Cruel Four Days.

Drummer Steve Mitchell, 1976 Grammy winner, has played and recorded with myriad national acts including Roy Rogers, Van Morrison, the Coasters, Lou Rawls, and the Smothers Brothers. His work has been heard in such movies as One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Tucker. His drumming can also be heard on 25 years of Charlie Brown television specials, Sesame Street, Garfield the Cat, and many commercials.

Bassist Andy Seal is a founding member of the acid jazz quartet ’72 Flood and has performed with the ensemble the Threads, clarinetist Perry Robinson, cellist David Darling, blues singer E.G. Knight, and the Lip Smackin’ Blues Band.

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