The Sioux City Rockestra Player Biographies
Alan Arnold -- Originally from Illinois, Alan
earned a bachelors and masters degree from Eastern Illinois University and a doctorate degree from the University of
Illinois. Alan has also earned a reputation as one of the finest trombone players in the area. In past
years Alan taught music at Mount Senario College in Ladysmith Wisconsin and Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. Alan
currently teaches music in the Sioux City Community Schools. While not teaching, Alan can be found performing
with many groups including the Sioux City Symphony, the Dixie Daddies, the Sioux City Jazz Orchestra, The Brass Section and
the Sioux City Municipal Band. In addition, Alan is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and the National Education
Association. Alan has one son, Christopher, who is a senior trumpet major at the University of Northern Iowa. In his
spare time, Alan enjoys reading, movies, television and golf.
Dave Snakenberg -- Originally from Sigourney, Iowa, Dave has earned
the reputation of a very fine trombone player and a highly respected band director and music instructor.
He has been teaching instrumental music for 31 years! He has also directed numerous honor bands, adjudicated and many
contests, and teaches privately in his home. "Snake" (as he is know by his friends) earned his bachelors degree in music education
from Morningside College and his masters degree in music education from the University of South Dakota. Snake is a member
of the Nebraska Education Association, the National Rifle Assoc. and is an official with the Nebraska State Activities Assoc.
Snake has played with many groups past and present. These groups include The Mike Day Orchestra, Sioux City Jazz Orchestra,
Sioux City Symphony, Ultra-Bones, Spectacle, The Magnificent Board of Directors, and the Siouxland All-America Band.
While not teaching or playing, Snake enjoys fishing, hunting, camping, riding his Harley and spending time with his son Seth
(16 yrs.) and his friend Jeri. Snake recently became a member of "Who's Who among American Educators."
DeeEtta Riley -- A Sioux City native, DeeEtta keeps very busy as she
is an administrative assisstant at Smurfit/Stone Container and the Minister of Music at St. Mark Lutheran Church. DeeEtta
has been a member of the Sioux City Symphony for over 30 years! In addition she performs regularly on piano and organ
in a church ensemble called "Celebrate" that has been together for 20 years. DeeEtta is a East High School graduate
and attended both Morningside College and Murray State University. DeeEtta has three grown children and their spouses,
Eric & Mo, Charlie & Molly, and Amanda & Jon and six grandchildren, Jade, Dylan, Hanna, Zakary, Ella and Nicole.
In her spare time DeeEtta enjoys doting on her grandchildren, family time, reading, swimming, yard work, and church activities.
She is also a "big fan" of winter vacations to warm places.
Diane Gross -- Originally
from Springfield, South Dakota, Diane is a long time, highly respected instrumental music teacher. Currently, Diane serves
as the assistant band director at East High in Sioux City, and teaches 5th grade band at several Sioux City elementary schools.
Diane is a graduate of the University of South Dakota and is a member of the Iowa Bandmaster's Association. She performs
with many local groups past and present; The Sioux City Symphony, Sioux City Municipal Band, All America Band, The Sioux City
Jazz Orchestra and the Clark Terry Superband. In addition to the flute, Diane is a skilled saxophone and piano player.
While not teaching, Diane enjoys reading, nature photography, and jazz music. Diane currently resides in Sioux city
with her husband Lynn (also a Sioux City music teacher) and her cat Tucker.
Eleanor May-Patterson -- Originally
from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, "Mrs. P" as she is endearingly known by her students, teaches 4th-12th grade strings in the Sioux
City Community Schools. In addition, Eleanor regularly performs on violin and viola with area ensembles including the Sioux
City and South Dakota Symphonies and the Arioso Quartet. Eleanor earned her bachelors degree from Augustana College
and her masters degree from the University of South Dakota. Eleanor is a member of several professional organizations including
the American, and Iowa String Teachers Assoc., the Iowa Music Educators Assoc., and the Sioux City Education Assoc. Eleanor
currently resides in Sioux City with her husband Dan (also a teacher) her son Seth, a sophmore at the University of Nebraska
and her daughter Claire, a senior violist at East High School. In her spare time Eleanor enjoys quilting, gardening,
cooking, embroidering, antiquing and movies.
Jeff Lickfelt -- Born in Gettysburg, SD and raised in Aberdeen and
Centerville SD, Jeff has recently been relocated to Springfield, AR where he is an accountant with Tyson Foods. Jeff
is a graduate of Centerville High School as well as the University of South Dakota. While Jeff was still in the Sioux City
area he could be found playing many weekends with the local band Mr. Hand. Jeff is a member of the ASCAP ( The American
Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers). In his spare time Jeff enjoys playing music, softball, golf, and basketball. He
also enjoys spending time with his wife Andrea and his two children Kyra and Peyton. On a funnier note, Jeff is credited
with one of the funniest Rockestra quotes to date. While rehearsing the Led Zepplin tribute that was performed on Nov. 5,
2005, director, John Luebke (who had undergone a recent surgery) commented that he was on morphine when he wrote the tribute,
to which Jeff replied "That's okay, so were they."
Jules Banks -- Jules was born and raised in Westfield, IA, which is
where he currently resides with his wife Pam, his son Ben and his daughter Leah. Jules is the high school band director
in South Sioux City, NE. While not playing with the Rockestra, Jules can be seen performing with many area ensembles
including the Sioux City Jazz Orchestra, Sioux City and LeMars Municipal Bands, and the All-America Band. Jules earned
his bachelors degree from Morningside College and his masters degree from the University of South Dakota. Jules is a
member of Nebraska Music Educators Assoc., Nebraska Bandmasters and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. In his spare time Jules enjoys
cooking, reading, music, games, and adult beverages. Jules also possesses a remarkable ability to remember, and re-tell
every joke he has ever heard!
Kevin Massey -- Originally from Sioux City, and a graduate of North
High School. Kevin will return to North High School this year as the new Band Director. Kevin spent many years
as the band director at Bishop Heelan Catholic High School in Sioux City, and prior to that was the Band Director at Marcus,
Meridan, Cleghorn CSD. Kevin earned his bachelors and masters degrees in music education from the University of South
Dakota. In addition to playing with the Rockestra, Kevin has performed with numerous local and regional ensembles.
Some of these include; The Sioux City Jazz Orchestra, Sioux City Municipal Band, Impressions Jazz Quintet, Guntren Jazz Quintet,
Whiskey Creek Brass, LeMars Municipal Band, Tri State Brass, Jubilation, Mearl Lake Orchestra, The Living Christmas Tree Orchestra,
and the Northwest Iowa Big Band.
Kevin and his wife Christine (also a music teacher)
currently reside in Seargent Bluff with their three children, Joshua, Jacob, and Juliana.
Pat Tomoson -- Originally from South Sioux City, NE, Pat recently moved
to Riverland Estates from McCook Lake, SD. Pat is currently employed with Gateway Computers in North Sioux
City. Pat is a graduate of South Sioux City High School and attended Wayne State College. While not singing
with the Rockestra you can hear Pat singing and playing guitar with the Magnificent Board of Directors. In his spare
time Pat enjoys spending time with his wife Janelle, his son Trevor and his daughter Erin. He also enjoys bowhunting
and fishing. Pat has earned the reputation as one of the finest Rock and Roll singers in the area, and is
credited with the best Led Zepplin performance that you will ever hear in Sioux City!
Sam Irish -- While not playing
bass with the Rockestra, Sam plays with many other local and regional bands. He plays everything from jazz to folk
music and a lot of styles in between. He also drives a truck for a local retail store. Sam was born and raised
in Sioux City where he still resides with his wife Stephanie and his children Sam Jr. and Maggie. Sam spent twenty years
playing bass professionally. He worked for many years with a band called "Hot Rod Chevy Kevy" and backed artists like
Gene Pitney, Freddie Canon, Del Shannon, The Shirelles, The Drifters and Chuck Berry. He also worked with a group called
the "The Danny Tyler Band." Sam's musical training began at the age of 7 on the organ in his parents home. He later
learned that he could get a lot more gigs and make more money playing bass. Sam enjoys spending his free time exercising,
reading and being outdoors.