Artists' Listings
Andrew Kida
511 Richardson Ave
Ashton, IL.  61006
andrew@ashtonusa.com
H-815-791-4240
BA in Theater Arts from NIU (2002).  
I am currently the Lighting Designer
and Set Designer for SVCC.  I have
been with that group for 6 years.  I
have worked as a designer, actor,
choreographer, and director for
Clock Tower Dinner Theater, NIU,
University of Guam,
Genoa-Kingston HS, Palatine HS,
Riddlemark Theater Group, Guam
Symphony Society, and many
more.  I have worked on over 50
different productions in 25 years of
theater.
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Artists
John Weitzel
1326 South Peoria
Dixon Illinois 61021
jweitz@centurylink.net
H-815-288-4107
Photography
60 years taking pictures for sale
and for pleasure.I will be setting up
a Web Site shortly for your viewing
pleasure.
Jerry L. Scheffler
2001 Schnell Rd
Ashton, IL 61006
815-440-9967 or 815-440-6590
schefflerart@yahoo.com
www.jerryschefflerarts.com
Jerry specializes in acrylic paintings
and pencil drawings of
western, wildlife,
rodeo, landscapes,
and early American rural life.    
Please visit his website for
available originals and prints.
Visa and MasterCard are accepted.
Rick Munson
2240 Clouse Lane
rickmunson1@comcast.net
H- 815-652-4623
Fine art photography is my main
interest. I have received several
photography awards including 2
Best Photography awards from the
Grand Detour Art Show.  I also
paint in oil and acrylics as an
added art interest.
Multiple
Talents
Peg Miller
2140A Grand Detour Rd
Dixon, IL 61021
pegmiller@grics.net
H-815-652-4735
B-815-440-0003
After I retired from teaching, I began
taking painting classes at Sauk
Valley Community College.  I
dabble in
oil, watercolor and
acrylic.
 I have done some
sculpture and ceramics.
 I play
the
piano and the flute for
relaxation. I enjoy all the arts and
support them financially as well as
with my presence. I am a member
of the Phidian Art Club, Dixon.

I taught off and on for forty years.  I
still enjoy working with children of all
ages.
Theatre
Painting
Photography
Pottery/Ceramics
Jerry Criss
314 1st Ave.
nuluventertainment@live.com
C - (847) 254-2878
B - (815) 564-9430
www.starlightstheatre.com
I'm a Singer-Songwriter, Drummer,
Percussionist, Music Producer,
Promoter, and  Owner/Operator of
StarlightsTheatre & Lounge located
downtown Sterling. I own and
manage an Entertainment booking
company in the Chicago area and
lead my own 5 to 7 piece
R&B/Blues band known as
"The Starlight Players"
I'm also a visual Artist specializing
in oil painting original and
sometimes surrealistic concepts of
life, Black Art, and musical themes.
Kenneth  Zenaida
222 E 6th ST
abbyshere2002@yahoo.com
H 815-285-1409
I have been working with stained glass since 1977. I
have created a variety of original designed large
panels,lamps,suncatchers,boxes, picture
frames,tree ornaments,planters and terrariums.
Some panels are 3D and some projects include
water fountains.
I create direct to frame hand
weavings(no loom); many in 3D,
from small to very large. Also have
dappled in painting and
woodburning.

I have had a relationship with the guitar since
childhood and began creating original
compositions around 1984 (no requests). The
music is a free or progressive style using a
variety of acoustic and electric guitars often
supported with
drums,violin,mandolin,cello,bass,flute
keyboard,or occasional vocal. I have recordings
available for sale representing the 27 albums,
created so far.
Musicians
Vocalists
Jon P. James
404 W. 9th Street
Sterling, IL 61081  
jonpjamessmb@yahoo.com
H- 815-622-1681
W- 815-946-3314
C- 815-499-9425
I am a
trumpet player available to
perform at weddings.  
I own a full repertoire of wedding
style music with organ.
Darrin G. Vits
929 N. Brinton Ave.
Dixon IL 61021
vitsvisioncare@yahoo.com
H-815/284-7820
C-815/973-5812
I have been involved in music all of
my life especially in the area of
church music. I have played piano,
flute, and sang in the church choir
since elementary school.  When I
was in college I discovered that
voice was my gift in music.  I went
on to receive a bachelor of arts
degree in
vocal music from Illinois
College as well as a bachelor of
science in biology.  I consider
myself a baritone although my
range allows me to go from tenor to
bass.  I am still involved heavily in
church music but also enjoy musical
theatre and choral groups.

Robbie LeBlanc
Dixon, IL 61021
robbieleblancrls@live.com
W-815 677 2618
I am a
singer - song writer -  
musician -
 guitarist - multi
instrument - Acoustic or electric.

Robbie LeBlanc and  the Real Live
Show aka:RLS Originals. Classic
and alternative rock. Feel good
reggae and electric funk. Great
music for festivals, special shows,
parties, entertainment for all events
Cathy L. James
Sterling, IL. 61081
cathyjames76@yahoo.com
I am a wind player. I play in concert
bands, orchestras, jazz bands,
combos, pit orchestras and do solo
work.
My repertoire of instruments played
includes:
Flute
Clarinet: A,Bb,C,Eb & Bass
Saxophone: Sopranino, Soprano,
Alto, Tenor, Bari & Bass Sax.
Oboe
LES FLOTO
PO BOX 1103
dale388@comcast.net
Cell - 815-440-8870

HI, I HAVE BEEN PLAYING MUSIC
IN THE SAUK VALLEY AREA FOR
TWENTY PLUS YEARS IN
MOOSE CLUBS, VFW CLUBS,
AND COFFEE SHOPS. I PLAY
GUITAR AND USE A ROLAND
DRUM MACHINE FOR DRUM
BACKUP MUSIC. MY MUSIC
CONSIST OF NEW COUNTRY,
TRADITIONAL COUNTRY, 50's &
60's AND EASY ROCK. I AM
AVAILABLE FOR BOOKINGS ON
WEEKENDS FOR ANY KIND OF
ENGAGEMENT. FOR BOOKINGS
YOU CAN CALL LES
@ (815)440-8870. THANK YOU!
Musical
Groups
The Sterling Municipal
Symphony Band
P.O. Box 991
Sterling, IL 61081
jjames@sbmconnect.com
H- 815-622-1681
C- 815-499-9425
Sterling Municipal Band
Sterling Municipal Symphony Band
is one of the finest Municipal bands
in the mid-west.  It performs 10
summer concerts (June-August), an
Annual Pops concert in January
and a Spring concert in April.
Saren
1008 Woodlawn Ave.
Dixon, IL 61021
jami.b@comcast.net
H -815-618-8195 (Jami Bonnewell)
C-815-288-1531 (Bird Schielein)
Saren
Saren is a band that plays rock  
and classic rock music. Lead
Singer Ian Schielein, lead guitar
Dane Schielein, rhythm guitar Alec
Bonnewell, bass Travis Lang and
drums Jeremy Harris. The band has
been together for a little over two
years and have played the Rochelle
Parade two years in a row
and fairs in Central IL.
MIKE VENIER
1115 HIGHLAND AVE
DIXON IL 61021
MMAGV@COMCAST.NET
C- 815- 973-1261
THE LATE NITE BLUES
BROTHERS

THE LATE NITE BLUES  
BROTHERS BAND  
IS AN 11 PIECE HIGH ENERGY
SHOW BAND, PERFORMING A
GENUINE TRIBUTE TO THE
ORIGINAL JAKE AND ELWOOD
Ain't Misbehavin'
Sterling, IL. 61081
cathyjames76@yahoo.com
C-815-499-9426
Ain't Misbehavin' is a 4-5 piece
combo that plays light dinner &
dance music. If you are looking for
an economical group for light
entertainment, we are the perfect fit.
We consist of keyboard, drum-set,
bass, trumpet and sax-clarinet.
Rock River Jazz Band
Sterling, IL. 61081
cathyjames76@yahoo.com
C-815-499-9426
H-815-622-1681
A 12-18 piece jazz band that play
Big Band Music, Swing, Polkas,
Waltzes, a little Brian Setzer, Kenny
Rogers, Stevie Wonder, Big Bad
Voodoo Daddy, Big Phat Band &
much much more!
Rock River Jazz Band
Class Act II Big Band
610 Panther Drive
angie@classactbigband.com
H - 815-973-6070
classactbigband.com

We are a 19 Piece professional
band with 3 distinctive vocalists.  
The band has been led by Ted
Fredenhagen for more than 20
years and during that time has
performed at many festivals, theatre
functions and all sorts of special
events and balls. Our musical roots
are in the big band sounds from the
40& 30s', ala Glen Miller and Benny
Goodman but the band definitely
has a sound and repertoire that
puts it squarely in today's
mainstream with charts in the style
of Michael Buble and big band
renditions of current songs by
Manhattan Transfer and Earth,
Wind and Fire.The band has great
flexibility and is a fantastic choice
for dinner music or a dancing
audience!
Dixon Municipal Band
Dixon, IL. 61021
Mark Bressler - Director
mark_bressler@yahoo.com
Cathy L. James - Manager
cathyjames76@yahoo.com

The Dixon Municipal Band is one of
the best community concert bands
around. They perform a 10 week
long summer concert season
starting with their Annual Memorial
Day Parade and followed by
concerts every Thursday evening at
7:30 pm in the
Page Park Band Shell
in Dixon, IL. 61021
The band also marches in
Dixon's Annual Petunia Festival
Parade
This band recently performed the
world premier of  "Reagan of Illinois"
by David Holsinger
Saxophonic Sounds
A Sax Quartet with a unique sound
and style. New to the entertainment
world.
Soon to be available for events.
Contact: Cathy James
(815) 622-1681
Leave a message and
I will get back to you.

The Ron Smolen Big
Band / Orchestra
 
P.O. Box 346152
ronsmolen@ronsmolenorchestra.com
Home-Phone ( 773) 545 - 1881

The Ron Smolen Big Band /
Orchestra

The Ron Smolen Big Band /
Orchestra has been serving
Chicagoland and the midwest for
over 40 years.

"Every Night is New Years Eve& as
The Ron Smolen Orchestra
transforms your event into an
evening soon not forgotten.

The Ron Smolen Orchestra
features their own big band
arrangements, combined with
classic arrangements of the
Big Band era.

Every performance includes swing,
tangos, sambas, waltzes, show
tunes and a bit of rock, that will
satisfy all ages.

The Ron Smolen Orchestra has
been heard on radio stations from
coast to coast and world wide on
the internet. The Orchestra has also
been featured in numerous regional
and national publications.

Our 10 piece orchestra has also
performed in 14 states and for
hundreds of events including
elegant Dinner Dances, Lavish
Weddings, Ballrooms, Big Band
Festivals, State Fairs, Carnivals
and Casinos
Dance
Eastman School of Dance
Paula Eastman and Josie Berkeley
1680 South Galena Avenue, # 111
Dixon, Illinois  61021
Peastman1969@comcast.net
H-815-284-7852
C-815-973-5952
www.eastmanschoolofdance.org
Eastman School of Dance
Eastman School of Dance, est.
1969 has been instructing children
ages 3 on up and young adults for
over 40 years.  We teach ballet,
pointe, tap, jazz, modern and lyrical
ballet.  We have trained over 100
national dance champions and
thousands of local children have
taken our recreational classes.

We have won many awards for our
choreography.  Eastman School
has choreographed local musicals,
dance teams for local high schools,
charity shows for the Sauk Valley
Area and competition level dances
on the regional and national level.
Many of our former dancers are on
college dance teams, professional
dancers,  dance studio owners, and
directors of local arts centers.  

We have an all adult, highly
qualified, professional faculty and
all our classes are open to
observation at any time.
Magicians
Comedians
Jeremy haak
506 west 12th st
jeremydamazer@hotmail.com
H - 815-625-3753
C /B - 815-441-7620  
The Amazer
Jeremy Haak has been performing
comedy and magic as The Amazer
for over 20 years in the area.  
Jeremy& his magic has entertained
2 legends of professional wrestling,
a Miss America contestant, and
even other magicians.  His magic
has been done for restaurants,
birthdays for ALL AGES, boat and
car shows, and for several
company parties.  Jeremy has a
one of a kind personality that your
group will enjoy.  Jeremy Haak is
also the first and only 5 TIME
WINNER of MAGICIAN OF THE
YEAR of Ring 11 of the International
Brotherhood of Magicians.  Why
settle for anything less??  
CONTACT THE AMAZER NOW!!
Ippolito Recording
Production Company
Penrose Rd.
vippol@aol.com
Bus - 815 285 0086
www.vippolito.com
Ippolito Recording is a full service
Audio and Midi recording studio
Neil W. Stoffer
213 Avenue E
nwsmas98@comcast.net
H- 815-632-9088
Native American Style Flutist
Performing solo with Native
American Style Flutes for any
groups. I play several church groups
and Nursing Homes. Call if you
would like to schedule a program.
Recording
Studio
Theatre