BTA - THE "BEGINNINGS"

by Dennis Pedde

One day while at home practicing my trumpet, I looked for something different to play. I looked around the office and came across my music sketchbooks from the first seven albums of a group called Chicago. While "jamming" with the recordings, I began to reminisce about my college days in the city of Chicago. During "the good ole days", I played in a band that played a lot of this music.

In the early part of 2012, I approached Dennis McPartland with the idea of starting a band that would play the music of Chicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears. (Dennis and I are both adjunct music instructors at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.) I shared that I had played in a Chicago band back when I was in college. He was interested in the idea and thought there would be a good market, especially among the baby boomer generation. We briefly talked about what other instruments would be needed, and who might be interested in playing in a tribute band like this. A few months later, Dennis called to tell me he had found several rhythm section musicians, and asked me to find a trombone and sax player to fill out the horn section. I contacted Matt Driscoll, who teaches with me at Central College in Pella, and Saul Lubaroff, who is also a music lesson instructor at West Music. Matt was finishing his D.M.A. in trombone performance at the University of Iowa, and Saul is one of the top saxophone players in the area. They were both interested in joining a band like this.

With all the musicians in place, the band's first rehearsal was on June 14, 2012 in the band room at Kirkwood Community College. As we rehearsed our first tune, there was such excitement in the room! Later Greg Young (an excellent trombone and trumpet player) joined the group, as another trumpet player was needed so that all of the horn parts would be covered. The band rehearsed every week after that, and then played our first gig on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at Parlor City in Cedar Rapids.

CLICK HERE to read an article about the band in HOOPLA.

CLICK HERE to view the March 2015 issue of the Linn County Blues Society, which includes a review of BTA's show at the Cedar Rapids Library.


Past Gigs

September 1, 2017 - NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids
August 11, 2017 - Cedar Ridge Winery near Swisher
August 5, 2017 - Hoover Hometown Days in West Branch
July 21, 2017 - Fireside Winery near Marengo
June 5, 2017 - Lowe Park Ampitheater in Marion
June 2, 2017 - Cedar Ridge Winery near Swisher
May 20, 2017 - Parlor City in Cedar Rapids
April 15, 2017 - Wild Hogs in Walford
February 18, 2017 - Cedar River Landing in Cedar Rapids
January 28, 2017 - Wild Hogs in Walford
December 31, 2016 - Longbranch Hotel in Cedar Rapids
December 30, 2016 - Parlor City in Cedar Rapids
December 10, 2016 - Cedar River Landing in Cedar Rapids (Cancelled - snow)
December 2, 2016 - Chrome Horse in Cedar Rapids
November 5, 2016 - Mulligan's in Cedar Rapids
October 8, 2016 - Wild Hogs in Walford
October 7, 2016 - Chrome Horse in Cedar Rapids
September 3, 2016 - Parlor City in Cedar Rapids
September 2, 2016 - Cedar River Landing in Cedar Rapids
August 26, 2016 - Cedar Ridge Winery near Swisher
August 14, 2016 - Sweet Corn Festival in Cedar Rapids
August 12, 2016 - Hiawatha Days in Guthridge Park
August 5, 2016 - Fireside Winery near Marengo
July 20, 2016 - Music on Main in Solon
June 30, 2016 - Town Celebration in West Branch
June 24, 2016 - Cedar Ridge Winery near Swisher
June 17, 2016 - Wild Hogs in Walford
June 11, 2016 - Kolach Festival in Cedar Rapids
June 4, 2016 - Ackerman Winery in Amana
June 3, 2016 - Fireside Winery near Marengo
May 7, 2016 - Parlor City in Cedar Rapids
May 6, 2016 - Cocktails and Company in Marion
May 6, 2016 - NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids
April 23, 2016 - Wild Hogs in Walford
April 15, 2016 - Cedar River Landing in Cedar Rapids
February 20, 2016 - Cedar River Landing in Cedar Rapids
February 12, 2016 - Wild Hogs in Walford
February 6, 2016 - Parlor City in Cedar Rapids
December 31, 2015 - Longbranch Hotel in Cedar Rapids
December 19, 2015 - Parlor City in Cedar Rapids
December 11, 2015 - Cedar River Landing in Cedar Rapids (no horn section)
December 4, 2015 - Opus Concert Cafe in Cedar Rapids
October 30, 2015 - Indian Hills Community College
October 10, 2015 - Parlor City in Cedar Rapids
October 3, 2015 - Private Party in Cedar Rapids
October 2, 2015 - Cedar River Landing in Cedar Rapids
September 26, 2015 - Private Party in Amana
September 14, 2015 - Kirkwood Community College
September 5, 2015 - Parlor City in Cedar Rapids
August 28, 2015 - Fireside Winery near Marengo
August 15, 2015 - Private Party Lake Gig in Swisher
August 13, 2015 - Marion Uptown Getdown
August 9, 2015 - Sweet Corn Festival in Cedar Rapids
July 23, 2015 - Sag Wagon in Cedar Rapids
July 4, 2015 - Elmcrest Country Club in Cedar Rapids
July 3, 2015 - Cedar River Landing in Cedar Rapids
June 26, 2015 - NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids
June 19, 2015 - Fireside Winery near Marengo
June 13, 2015 - Kolach Festival in Cedar Rapids
June 6, 2015 - Marion BBQ Rendezvous in Marion
June 4, 2015 - Town Celebration in West Branch
May 23, 2015 - First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon
May 16, 2015 - Czech Village in Cedar Rapids - Houby Days
May 2, 2015 - Cedar River Landing in Cedar Rapids
April 18, 2015 - Parlor City in Cedar Rapids
April 10, 2015 - Campbell Steele Gallery in Marion
March 6, 2015 - Cedar River Landing in Cedar Rapids
February 21, 2015 - Parlor City in Cedar Rapids
February 12, 2015 - Whipple Auditorium in the Cedar Rapids Public Library
January 9, 2015 - Cedar River Landing in Cedar Rapids
December 12, 2014 - Parlor City in Cedar Rapids
November 29, 2014 - Cedar River Landing in Cedar Rapids
October 24, 2014 - Campbell Steele Gallery in Marion
October 17, 2014 - Parlor City in Cedar Rapids
September 27, 2014 - Cedar River Landing in Cedar Rapids
August 29, 2014 - Parlor City in Cedar Rapids
August 28, 2014 - Marion Uptown Getdown (rained out)
August 10, 2014 - Sweet Corn Festival in Cedar Rapids
August 1, 2014 - Fireside Winery near Marengo
July 19, 2014 - Ped Mall Fountain Stage in Iowa City
June 29, 2014 - Fireside Winery near Marengo
June 20, 2014 - Chrome Horse in Cedar Rapids (outside)
June 14, 2014 - Festival of Trails in La Porte City
June 7, 2014 - Marion BBQ Rendezvous (rained out)
May 23, 2014 - Parlor City in Cedar Rapids
May 16, 2014 - Czech Village in Cedar Rapids - Houby Days
May 2, 2014 - Red Boa Ball at Cedar Rapids Marriott
April 25, 2014 - Chrome Horse in Cedar Rapids
April 4, 2014 - Cocktails and Company in Marion
March 21, 2014 - Parlor City in Cedar Rapids
February 14, 2014 - Cedar River Landing in Cedar Rapids
February 8, 2014 - Parlor City in Cedar Rapids
December 28, 2013 - Cedar River Landing in Cedar Rapids
December 20, 2013 - Parlor City in Cedar Rapids
December 14, 2013 - El Kahir Shrine/Embassy Club in Cedar Rapids
November 9, 2013 - Cocktails and Company in Marion
October 25, 2013 - Screaming Eagle in Waterloo
October 12, 2013 - Cedar River Landing in Cedar Rapids
October 2, 2013 - Private Party, Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines
September 28, 2013 - Cocktails and Company in Marion
September 14, 2013 - Private Party Lake Gig in Swisher
August 30, 2013 - Parlor City in Cedar Rapids
August 18, 2013 - Sweet Corn Festival in Cedar Rapids
August 8, 2013 - Noelridge Park in Cedar Rapids - Jazz Under the Stars
August 2, 2013 - Fireside Winery near Marengo
July 27, 2013 - Deanoz in Cedar Rapids
July 26, 2013 - Chrome Horse in Cedar Rapids
June 27, 2013 - Greene Square Park in Cedar Rapids
May 18, 2013 - Czech Village in Cedar Rapids - Houby Days
April 19, 2013 - Cedar River Landing in Cedar Rapids
April 6, 2013 - Parlor City in Cedar Rapids
April 5, 2013 - Screaming Eagle in Waterloo
March 29, 2013 - Rumors in Cedar Rapids
February 1, 2013 - Cedar River Landing in Cedar Rapids
January 19, 2013 - Cedar Rapids Country Club
January 4, 2013 - Parlor City in Cedar Rapids
December 31, 2012 - Cedar Rapids Country Club
December 22, 2012 - Chrome Horse in Cedar Rapids
December 1, 2012 - Elmcrest Country Club in Cedar Rapids
September 22, 2012 - Parlor City in Cedar Rapids
August 25, 2012 - Parlor City in Cedar Rapids