RON BOWKS (Trombone and Director) - Ron joined the group in it's early stages as a trombonist. Beginning in 2001, he became the director. Ron formerly played with the United States Marine Corps band. He has performed with and/or instructed various drum and bugle corps and marching bands throughout New York, Pennsylvania, and Canada. Ron also conducts the Kodak Concert Band, plays with the Gateswingers, and Papa Joe’s Crawfish Stew Dixieland band. He has directed several musicals in the Rochester area and is an avid tennis player.
SHANTHI KELLEY (Vocals) - Shanthi is a graduate from Roberts Wesleyan College with a B.S. degree in Vocal Performance. She is currently living in Rochester with her husband Brandon where she has been teaching in her own voice studio “Studio of Shanthi A. Kelley” for the last 12 years. She is a lead singer on Holland America Cruise Lines with the company’s resident band the HAL CATS and performs every summer, having traveled to the Caribbean, Alaska, Bermuda and this summer to Europe. She also maintains a steady performance career throughout Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse singing with Nik Entertainment Company, Frank’s Rat Pack, Gateswingers, and Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. In 2011 she performed at the Rochester International Jazz Festival Big Tent Stage as the lead singer with the Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. Her love of music began at a young age when she started singing in church and taking piano lessons and she has been performing ever since. She recorded a children’s album and later recorded her first solo album in high school entitled “Shanthi: Unfailing Love”. She was also chosen to participate in the Eastman School of Music’s “Summer Horizon’s Program”. Shanthi has performed locally in the Rochester area from a young age singing “Ora Pro Nobis” from Mozart’s “Regina Ceoli” with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and “ Rejoice Greatly from Handel’s “Messiah” with Roberts Wesleyan College Community Orchestra. She has recorded commercial jingles for the Greater Rochester/ Buffalo area, including a commercial for CBS which aired locally on Super bowl Sunday 2004 ”. She was a soloist in Roberts Wesleyan College’s Jazz and Dessert with Joe Santora (Cabo Frio), and played the roles of “Rosie” in Bye Bye Birdie, “Nanette” in the opera Cather County by Willa Cather and “Eve” in Stephen Schwartz’s Children of Eden, all local productions in Rochester.
KRISTY BARR (Vocals) - Kristy has enjoyed singing with the RMJO off-and-on since high school, and is thrilled to be one of their go-to vocalists alongside her guitarist husband Brian and trumpeter father Bernie. Her love of music was solidified during her years in the Penfield school district, in the Greater Rochester area's musical theater community, in her SUNY Fredonia a cappella group, and thanks to the superb musical instruction of Shanthi Kelley. Kristy is Payroll Manager at Lake Beverage Corp, an actor, an animal lover, and an advocate for mental health.