Ron has been on the WAMI Board of Directors since 2006 and held the executive position of Secretary from 2008 to 2011. He currently lives in Neenah and is a member of the Cherokee Rose Band, a southern, classic and country rock band.
Paul has been a WAMI member since 2010 and is currently bass guitarist for Saved by Grace, an all original Christian roots rock group. A true music lover, Paul also plays in the Miller Rhythm and Brews Revue, a classic rock and R&B band comprised of all MillerCoors employees. Currently, Paul is serving his second term as a member of the WAMI Board of Directors and has served on several WAMI committees including Awards Show and Youth Showcase committees. Paul enjoys working with the youth and seeing them develop into great musicians. When Paul isn’t doing something music-related, he’s relishing in his other love, Harley Davidson Motorcycles. As he puts it, “My blood runs orange and black. Freedom for expression really unites when you are going down the open road on a motorcycle and listening to great music, whatever the genre.”
Michael’s music connection started early. Born in East Troy, he grew up selling t-shirts at Alpine Valley Music Theatre. Michael became a WAMI member in 2001 to help him network in Wisconsin’s music community. Currently Michael plays guitar and sings with the Rabid Aardvarks, 2012 WAMI Cover Band of the Year, and 2013 WAMI People’s Choice-Southeast Region, as well as, writes and records music to pitch to publishers and recording artists. His past music projects include First Kiss, 2006–2010, Rockerfellers, 2001–2006, and Zoinks 1997-2001. Michael received his undergraduate degree from UW-Madison, where he was also a cheerleader. He then earned his J.D. from Marquette University. Michael still lives in East Troy and works for Walworth County. He joined the WAMI Board of Directors in 2013 and his goal is to give back to the music community and help continue to build the music scene in the state.
Gerald Henley graduated from Dunbar Vocational High School in Chicago and holds two degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (music and pre-law). He has lived in Wisconsin since 1972 and has been involved in one way or another in the music business for 40 years. Gerald has worked as Director of Marketing Services at KI from 1999-2004. Gerald is currently the Director of Theatrical Productions at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center and has been Stage Manager at Milwaukee World Festivals – Summerfest since 1990.
Jason was born in Appleton and raised in Little Chute, WI. He earned his B.A. in Business Administration, with majors in Marketing and Human Resource Management, from UW-Oshkosh. He currently works as a market research consultant and also plays guitar and sings in Half Empty, a rock cover band. Jason became a WAMI member in 2007 when his band was just gaining popularity. Today Half Empty has two People’s Choice Northeast WAMIs (2011, 2012) under their belt and also won WAMI Cover Band of the Year in 2011. A new WAMI board member in 2014, Jason believes that the Fox Cities have a very rich original music scene and his goal is to continue to evolve their involvement with WAMI. Jason is an avid outdoorsman and deer hunter. He also loves working out and has diverse musical taste. His all-time favorites include Bon Jovi, Eminem, Garth Brooks, and Green Day.
CHANEL le MEAUX
Chanel is the chanteuse and bandleader for the jazz quartet, Chanel le Meaux & the Dapper Cads, as well as lead singer for the two time WAMI award winning, Squeezettes. A lifelong music connoisseur, Chanel discovered her talent for singing only a few years ago after the loss of a fancy corporate communications position – and a lot of Black Russians. She launched her career as a siren in burlesque, performing with internationally renowned acts, as well as locally. After stumbling into the role of songbird with no vocal training, Chanel studied briefly at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music with Robin Pluer (jazz) and Kathleen Matts (opera). Chanel keeps her toes in the creative/marketing pool through her consulting business, drawing off her 15 years of experience which includes a national PBS award for innovative event design. She is energized by continuously discovering musical talent and is excited about her new role in recognizing deserving artists through WAMI.
Lance is a Fox Valley native who resides in Appleton, WI. He got his start in the music industry as a writer for the Madison-based music paper, Sites and Sounds. Through his growing relationships as a journalist, Lance opened his booking agency, Anvil Productions, in 1996, which dealt mainly with blues and roots acts. Shortly thereafter, he added original and cover rock bands to his roster. In 2002, he merged with Randy Bowles of Fortune Talent Live to form Bananas Entertainment, , a Fox Valley-based agency that books and manages bands, as well as, buys for various clubs and festivals on a local, regional, and national level. Lance became a WAMI member in 2001 and has been on the WAMI Board of Directors since 2004, serving as vice president from 2005-2007, and president from 2007-2011.
Todd was born in Waukesha and grew up playing bass guitar. He has been in a number of the bands over the years and currently plays bass and sings backup vocals for blues rock band, Serious Trouble, of which his son, Kyle, is the guitarist. Todd has worked in the construction industry for more than 25 years. He also brings a wealth of state level trade association and nonprofit board leadership experience to his new position on the WAMI Board of Directors. Todd looks forward to using his professional experience to help the WAMI organization become more accessible and beneficial for as many bands and musicians as possible. Fun fact about Todd? He’s been lucky enough to meet several of his biggest musical influences including Rory Gallagher, Billy Sheehan, Stanley Clarke, Ozzy Osbourne, and Buddy Guy.
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