Band Members

Roster of Current Members
of the Yachats Big Band

  • Trombone
David Mason
    •   Trumpet 
Chuck Lockhart
  • Trumpet, Vocals
  • Trombone/Music Librarian
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
Bill Reeves
  • Bass Trombone
Danny Keppol
  • Tenor/Baritone Sax
  • Piano/Baritone Sax
  • Alto Sax
  • Bass
  • Trumpet
  • Alto Sax
  • Trombone
Rich Forster
  • Vocals
Bill Schwarz
  • Tenor Sax
Mike Swain
  • Percussion
  • Vocals
DeAnna Williams
  •  Piano/Alto Sax
Barry Barreau
  •  Trumpet

Background on Members of the
Yachats Big Band 

Eric Bigler

PROFESSIONAL/EXPERIENCE – Born in Palo Alto and began trombone with the school district music program in 5th grade. Played through high school and then dropped the instrument for nigh on to 50 years. Began playing four years ago with the Pacific Coast Wind Ensemble, and began subbing with the Big Band, gradually insinuating myself into the 3rd chair through sublime Machiavellian maneuvers. I hope to stay there until someone notices me and throws me out. Currently studying trombone with Fred Schmale, Lincoln Pops, although he’d rather this not be generally known.

Professionally, I taught biology, math and a bunch of other stuff at Tulelake High School before leaving for the Portland area in the late 70’s. Joined the Clackamas County Education Service District there and worked with them for a couple of decades on assessment programs.


Dress photo of married members - Joe and Pat Chapman, residents of YachatsPat Chapman

EDUCATION – Oxnard High School Band, Oxnard, Ca. All So. California High School Band B.O.A. in Music and Fine Arts

• San Diego State College Band, San Diego,Ca.
• Ventura College Band, Ventura, Ca.
• Sacramento Valley Symphonic Band, Sacramento, Ca.
• American River Concert Band, Sacramento, Ca.
• Theater El Dorado Pit Orchestra, Placerville, Ca.
• Sierra Symphony, Placerville, Ca.
• Lincoln County Concert Band, Newport,Or.
• Coast Brass Quartet. Yachats, Or.
• Yachats Big Band, Yachats, Or.
• Florence Brass Quintet, Florence, Or.
• Pacific Coast Wind Ensemble, Lane/Lincoln Counties, Or.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Retired: Licensed Psychiatric Technician Camarillo/Agnew State Hospitals
• Emergency Room Technician – El Dorand County Hospital, Placerville, Ca.
• Office Manager – Placerville Veterinary Clinic, Placerville, Ca.

Pat is shown with her husband, Joe Chapman, who played Bass Trombone with the band for 20 years.

Vicki Cox playinf the trumpetVicki Cox

PROFESSIONAL/EXPERIENCE – Vicki Cox is an enthusiastic import from Eugene.

In addition to the Yachats Big Band, She has played with such big bands as “Swing Shift,” “The Lincoln Pops,” and “Blue Skies,” as well as the internationally-known “Oregon Jazz Band” traditional jazz combo. Currently she co-leads the “Calamity Jazz Band” based in Eugene, which is also a traditional, or “Dixieland” jazz group.

Richard Jones

PROFESSIONAL/EXPERIENCE: Played lead alto sax with Swing Shift, a Eugene-based big band from 1979 to 1998.

BIO – Richard is a retired librarian and music educator. Since moving to Florence, Richard has played in several musicals, in the community band, two ensembles, the Central Coast Chamber Orchestra, and was a regular sub with the Yachats Big Band before moving into the Lead Alto chair.

Pete Lawson

PROFESSIONAL/EXPERIENCE – Salmon ecologist and marine biologist for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

Pete started trumpet in 1958 and played in concert bands and orchestras through high school and college. He then took 23 years off to pursue careers, first as an ornithologist, then in river ecology, and finally marine biology. Notable projects included flying radio-controlled gliders to locate peregrine falcon eyries in Mexico and several sampling expeditions on the MIddle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. Pete’s current research interest is wild coho salmon on the Oregon Coast.

Shortly after moving to Oregon in 1987 Pete started playing trumpet again and joined the Yachats Big Band at its inception. He has also played in several local musical productions, and small combos.

Darrell Staffenson

PROFESSIONAL – commercial fisherman.


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