About


Rhythm

Marty Risemberg

An active drummer in the Northern Virginia/Washington DC area and abroad, Marty Risemberg enjoys a diverse range of performance and educational opportunities. You might catch him playing with The DC Transit band as they gear up for another late night party set, gigging in a local winery or restaurant with the Mike Marolda Jazz Faction, or at George Mason University, accompanying a Modern or African Dance class.

As a student of jazz at Mason, he has also had the privilege of studying with many acclaimed professors. Including: Joe McCarthy, Grammy-Award winning bandleader and educator, John Kilkenny, Director of Percussion Studies at Mason,and Ken Harbison of the National Symphony. After his first several years of study, Marty left to pursue a contract as a drummer on the Holland American Line, Zuiderdam for a cruise around the Dutch Caribbean and South/Central America.

Since his return to the DC area, Marty continues to perform with versatile local groups such as; the Cristian Perez Trio, the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, MH & His Orchestra, the Mask and Bauble Society, and many more.


Kevin Elam

Kevin has been playing the piano since age 5. Playing the piano has always been his passion. He believes the piano, of all instruments, to be one of the most capable as a vehicle of musical expression. It is his favorite tool for exploring the musical realm, whether in composition, improvisation, or performing written music.

Kevin is currently majoring in Jazz Studies at George Mason University. He studies piano with renowned DC-area jazz pianist Wade Beach. In addition to teaching private piano lessons in the Northern Virginia area, Kevin is currently employed by Fairfax County to teach extra-curricular piano classes, and by School of Rock as a keyboard instructor.

In the last few years Kevin's career as a professional performing musician has picked up as well, with performances at restaurants, bars, weddings, church functions, and as a vocalist in choirs. Kevin has a keen interest in singing, and has performed as a soloist with GMU choirs.

Along with his interest in jazz, Kevin enthusiastically pursues Irish traditional music, and has performed in this context in the Northern Virginia area.


Cam Towner

Born in Arizona, moved to North Dakota, grew up in Illinois and then joined the Navy. Cam has been playing since the late seventies.

After performing with the Rock Valley College Jazz Ensemble in 1981, he joined the Navy and for 22 years played with bands all around the world performing many genres including Classic Rock, Country, Big Band and Contemporary Christian. He can remember standing on the back of the USS CURTS (FFG 38) in Kuwait holding a reception for the U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait with the ship’s band, “GAG A GOAT” in 1989, the just before Desert Storm conflict.

Cam retired from Active Duty as a Master Chief Yeoman, has a Bachelor of Science from American Military University and a Masters of Acquisition Management from American Graduate University. He is married to Hoo Ping from Malaysia and they have three children all residing in Virginia.