Band Bios


Drummer and vocalist Jimmy Fenno was born on Bastille Day, 1958 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. At a very early age, his family moved to southern California.

At age eight he began drumming on the family pots and pans while singing along with Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Louis Jordan. With encouragement from his father and his many music teachers, Jimmy played drums in bands and sang in vocal groups from elementary school through college.

Jimmy began experimenting with jazz, African rhythms and non-traditional percussion while in college in Santa Ana, California. Jimmy’s musical roots are firmly planted in the Swing, R&B, Motown, Blues and Rock. His vocal leanings are definitely swinging. His interpretations of Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima, Louis Jordan and Louis Armstrong are always a hit at our performances.

Some of notable performers Jimmy has performed and toured with are The W.C. Clark Blues Revue, Mr. Fabulous & Casino Royale, Joe Detroit Junior, Chicago Bob Nelson, The Shrimp City Slim Band, and many others.

Baritone saxophonist Chris Kapral is a graduate of M.I.T. and Stanford. He designs software systems which in turn evaluate microchip designs. Chris is an avid do-it-yourselfer. He performs with the Austin Jazz Band and with Ken Ragsdale's Orchestra. He is a fine arranger, and we are glad to be playing his charts.

His wife, Lucinda, is also a woodwind player who recently retired from the National Guard band at Camp Mabry. Together they are raising two young boys, both of whom have musical aspirations.

David Marsden
Guitarist and composer David Marsden completed his Master's degree at age 20 with Sergio Assad at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He was born in the Philippines but started taking guitar lessons in England at age 8 and has since studied with Patricia Robinson, Darin Templeton, and Stuart Green. At the University of Redlands, where David double majored in guitar performance and mathematics, he studied jazz guitar with Paul Murphy and electric bass with Timothy Emmons.

He has performed jazz at venues such as Disneyland and the LA Jazz Bakery. Past musical collaborations include performances with groups as diverse as the Redlands Zanja 8, East Babylon Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra and most recently the Sangeet Millenium ensemble, an Indian-jazz fusion group. As a composer he is currently focusing on music that combines aspects of the classical and jazz genres.

Monte Mann
Guitarist, bassist and vocalist Monte Mann has been an active part of the Austin music scene for over ten years, singing and playing guitar with countless Texas bands. He is a sought-after player and skillfully, unobtrusively raises the musical bar of the groups with whom he performs.

Monte gained his experience through his travels and is no stranger to the road. From 1997-2003, Monte toured the US, Canada and Japan with "Yesterday–A Tribute To The Beatles," performing the role of George Harrison.

Monte has entertained solo, armed only with his acoustic guitar and outstanding singing style. He has provided music for a wide variety of events and has the capability to 'read the audience' and give them what they want. Monte is equally comfortable providing background music at a corporate mixer as he is presenting a high-energy show.

Bruce Truitt
Bruce Truitt is a Phi Beta Kappa Summa Cum Laude graduate of UT-Austin with advanced degrees in Public Affairs, Russian Studies, and Foreign Language Education, and is a diplomate of Moscow's Pushkin Institute, all of which he paid for by teaching, performing, and recording music and doing theatrical sound design and concert sound reinforcement. He has shared the stage with a whole bunch of folks—Frank Zappa, Roger McGuinn, Mose Allison, Loudon Wainwright, Michael Murphy, Billy Taylor—to name a few that the long-in-the-tooth will recall.

He is fluent in and sings in Spanish, Russian, and Portuguese and insists that, though a native Texan, he is still studying English as a foreign language. He clearly has no idea what he wants to do if he grows up. All suggestions will be indulged. Nerds of the world, unite!