Ken Savage & The Best Kept Secret

 

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KEN SAVAGE
Lead vocals and incredible guitar solos are all in a days work for the Boss Man of this 9 piece horn band. Ken's musical travels have literally taken him around the world. He has toured with nationally acclaimed bands and even done a European stint, to leading The Best Kept Secret through the transition from a blues band to a full nine-piece show band.
Ken's impressive stable of guitars includes his main axe, The "Ken Savage Model" 6120 Gretsch, two Gretsch White Falcons, a Gibson ES-335, and many more that we may never see in concert. He explains that they are his retirement... yeah, OK!! Whatever you say. All we know is, he sure can play them all!!!!!
Ken's guitar rig:  Gretsch 6120 guitar ( Reissue of 1957), Reissue of 1965 Fender Twin, Dunlap Cry Baby Wah Wah, Ibanez Tube Screamer, Tangerine Squeeze Compressor, D'Addario Strings

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Tim Smith

This guy is a top drummer. We are very fortunate to a drummer that can play any type of music--Country to Symphony- Tim can handle it all..Come out to a show and introduce yourself to Tim- a great musician and a perfect addition to the Best Kept Secret

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JOHN  "Johnny V" VAN HOOK
Trombone

John Vanhook is a 1994 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Education. He completed his Master's Degree in music education at Texas A&M University at Commerce in 2004.
"Johnny V" grew up in Springdale, Arkansas and has performed with several organizations, including the Celebration Orchestra at First Baptist Church of Springdale, Arkansas, the Jack Terry Big Band, the Bella Vista Big Band, the Texas Instruments Jazz Band, the Ozark Mountains Brass Band, the Arkansas Winds Community Band, and the Richardson Community Band. He plays trombone with Ken Savage and the Best Kept Secret, does all the horn arrangements for the Best Kept Secret and has also performed freelance extensively throughout Northwest Arkansas and the Dallas Metroplex.

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Susan Terry
Keyboards



 

Susan  is an accomplished pianist and has played in orchestras, churches, weddings, all kinds of events and all sorts of musical groups all of her life.

We have not found any musical style she cannot play expertly. Feel free to come up and introduce yourself to this extraordinary musician and nice lady.




 

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"Funky" FRED WRATISLAW
Sax / Rhythm Guitar / Vocals


Fred Wratislaw joined "The Best Kept Secret" in 2000 playing saxophone, rhythm guitar, and vocals. Fred has been involved in instrumental music since the 4th grade and played in concert, jazz and rock bands throughout junior high, high school, college and beyond. Prior to joining "The Best Kept Secret" he played in the Waco Jazz Orchestra, the Harold Strand Orchestra and the Richland College Evening Jazz Ensemble. He currently performs with the Lovers Lane Methodist Church Jazz Band, Swing Time 2000 Jazz Band and the Music Ministries of Spring Valley United Methodist and the Heights Baptist Churches. Fred lives in Dallas with his family. He loves to play and it shows 

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JEFF "Mr Fabulous" BALCH
Trumpet / Soprano Harmonies


Jeff has been playing his trumpet for over thirty years. In addition to the Best Kept Secret, he frequently plays with national touring act, DENVER and the MILE HIGH ORCHESTRA.He has played in several big bands throughout his high school and college years. He got to travel to Europe in 1982 and play with the International Youth Orchestra for three weeks. In college, he played lead trumpet in the jazz band.
After college, he started playing in the Heights Baptist Church Praise Orchestra and has been playing lead there for about fifteen years. He has also played in the Richardson Community Band. Jeff joined Ken Savage and the Best Kept Secret about five years ago and is really enjoying getting to play some great tunes with a bunch of great guys.
Apart from being a great trumpet player, "Mr Fabulous" also sings a & is a great little dancer in his own mind...

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"Chicago" RICH WONDERS

Our latest addition to the horn section, and a great addition to the vocal stable.

His bio will follow shortly

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SANDY

Vocals

Sandy is a veteran vocalist and performer on stage. She has appeared in lots of TV commercials as well and feature movies. She even appeared in a Robert Redford movie.

Come and introduce yourself at the next show. Her lead vocals on some of our Classic RnB and Country songs will have you dancing in the aisles.