I sang with my parents as a young child in our country church at Amidon, ND as a boy soprano. Performed with my family and at school functions throughout my schooling. Was a member of several bands in college as a performer and songwriter and played professionally after graduating. Began teaching young performers the beauty of folk-style music a dozen years ago and formed the Braveheart Band 10 years ago after my one-year-old granddaughter, Ava Brae, was diagnosed with brain cancer. Invented the Souzza horn and Moonbox which are a part of Braveheart performances and play acoustic guitar, Dobro, Bouzouki and ukulele.
Making music with Braveheart Band is the most rewarding musical experience of my life. Greatest accomplishment, musically, has been seeing every dollar earned by Braveheart Band supporting Bravehearts for Kids – Ava’s pediatric cancer charity.
I remember wanting to be a singer by age seven after watching my older sisters sing. I performed in choir and band throughout high school. I sang for many weddings but went several years without singing anywhere but the shower and from the church pew once I had kids.
I began cantering for mass and the church choir. Then, Adrian asked me to “sub” for Braveheart band in the fall of 2011. I became a permanent member of the band. This was the best thing I have ever done with music. I have always liked Classic Rock, but easy listening, country ballads and Barbara Streisand were favorites.
I love that my time with Braveheart band is for charity, and that I can give back and do something that brings me joy. Outside of this, I am a part time physical therapist and a wife and mother of 5 children.
I picked up the guitar at age seven and faithfully studied Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method book 1. I asked my mom to buy me more advanced copies of the self-study method. It also greatly helped me that our neighbor was the high school band teacher and an accomplished guitarist. In high school, I played euphonium in the concert band, guitar in the jazz band and bass guitar in the swing choir. A few friends and I started an after-school musical group that played pop and classic rock music for various functions. After college I played bass guitar in church.
I met Adrian Jacobs in 2006 and we formed the Braveheart band which has grown larger each year. I have since began to play six-stringed banjo and ukulele. It’s a joy to be surrounded by great vocalists and musicians. I am truly grateful to be part of a musical group whose mission is to financially support local families with children who have cancer. In my “real life,” I’ve been an associate with CHI St. Alexius Health for 30 years and am blessed with five children and eight great-grandkids.