island entertainment presents
Soundweavers & the Summit Horns
Tons of experience feed into the powerhouse band that is Soundweavers & the Summit Horns.
Playing masterpieces from bands like Chicago, Earth Wind and Fire, Blood Sweat and Tears, Tower of Power, Steely Dan, Huey Lewis & the News, Stevie Wonder and the Blues Brothers, with driving rhythms, sublime vocals and layered horn lines covering funk, ballads, R’n’B and soul fusion numbers.
Suitable for festivals, corporate events, weddings and large or small scale community gatherings, the music works for a listening audience or a dance extravaganza. Our extended repertoire can be tailored for a concert and/or dance crowd. Nine players create an instant vibe on stage, bringing energy, technical excellence and showmanship to any occasion.
Canadian trombonist Pete Rissi has made Tasmania his home, but he still lives in both places. A professional musician from his home close to Toronto he plays with well known Elvis Tribute band Memphis Rebels , as well as many jazz (Noodle Factory), rock , funk and orchestral ensembles.
Pete has added renowned trumpeter Ian Cooper into the mix to create the Summit Horns, a powerful four piece unit of Mike Lizotte and Teresa Beck-Swindale on saxes, with the trumpet and trombone to drive the band. Ian Cooper spent many years playing on cruise ships with the Carnival line, playing popular songs every night to entertain the thousands of passengers. He is also a skilled orchestral performer having gained a seat in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as well as the TSO.
The rhythm section is a compendium of solid players with big CV’s. Gary Evans on drums is not afraid to tackle the often complex timings in these epic tunes, teaming up with bassist Mark Cunningham – another cruise ship veteran from Sydney with many years of playing behind him. Add in well-respected Tasmanian keyboard player Steve Macfarlane and our quirky, but brilliant guitarist Richard “The Bard” Bardenhagen and this line up is on fire!
The secret weapon in the band is young hotshot Ezra Taylor, who made heads turn in the lead role of Buddy Holly in the Devonport Choral Society’s musical production in the winter of 2021. His voice has a wide range and deep integrity to match a fabulous stage presence.