KEVIN BENNETT - Guitar & Vocals
To me, Christmas is special for bringing family & friends together.
I've been playing guitar since I was about 10 years old. I've played in various bands throughout the years. Besides performing in First Snow, I also play lead guitar & mandolin in Straight On - a Tribute to the Music of Heart. Both bands are my family & I couldn't think of a better gift than playing with them & for you my friends.
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS
Chris began playing piano at age 7, taking classical music lessons as she got older. She backed up the show choir in high school playing piano as well as played keyboards in a couple cover bands through her teen years. In late 80s/early 90s she played keyboards for an original progressive metal band called InfraRed, which Drew Sodee (drummer for First Snow) also happened to be a part of. She since had children and is currently a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant working in homecare. Over the past 9 years, she has gotten back into the music scene, reuniting with fellow musicians in various cover groups and is currently in a duo project with Dave Jennings. She is very excited and honored to now be performing with First Snow starting season 2017!
CHRIS MAHONEY - Keyboards
KITRAEL CHIN - Keyboards
Kitrael Chin caught the piano bug at age 7. Since then he has performed professionally in Singapore, Canada and the USA. In addition to the piano, Kitrael enjoys playing the flute, trumpet, guitar and whacking away at his drum set. Kitrael is a Board-Certified Music Therapist and currently runs Musical Fingers LLC, an Ohio music company for children with special needs.
In his spare time, Kitrael is an avid snowboarder. Kitrael joined First Snow as their keyboardist in 2013 and is proud to be part of this truly remarkable Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tribute Band.
TERRY JOHNSON- Backing & Lead Vocals
Terry is excited to join the talented cast of First Snow! For the better part of two decades, the Trans-Siberian experience has cemented its place in his family’s home as the soundtrack to the holiday season. Terry is beyond honored to contribute to the legacy of such a powerful music force by playing a roll in this tribute.
Terry is active in the Midwest music scene as a singer, songwriter, and musician in several acts ranging musical theater, Celtic, funk, rock, punk, and heavy metal. When the Siberian sleigh-ride subsides, you can catch a concert with Terry “Bull” and Chris E. as they perform with Olathia. Terry wishes all of the First Snow friends and family a wonderful holiday season and looks forward to bringing the magic of TSO to the stage.
Monique is a self-taught vocalist & has been singing since a very young age. She was inspired by Classic Rock, R&B, Hard Rock & Heavy Metal vocalists/bands which is where she honed in on her vocal style. At 16, she had her first taste of performing solo in front of a live audience in her high school talent show where she performed her rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You".
In here early 20's she started performing at karaoke events & also even winning a karaoke contest. After winning the karaoke competition, she wanted to start working on forming a Heart Tribute Band. She put a flyer up in a local music shop & Kevin Bennett answered the ad. Monique & Kevin have performed in several musical projects together, such as The Division Bell - a Tribute to Pink Floyd (backing vocalist), Rivendell Lost (lead vocalist) & currently; Straight On - A Tribute to the Music of Heart (lead vocalist), & also now, First Snow - a Tribute to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (backing & lead vocalist).
- Backing & Lead Vocals
- Backing & Lead Vocals
Michelle started singing at an early age. She performed in various talent shows and school musicals. Michelle received a BFA in Musical Threatre from Kent State University. These days she is the lead vocalist for Invincible, Northeast Ohio’s Premier Pat Benatar Tribute. Michelle is honored to join the First Snow family
CHRIS EMIG - Backing & Lead Vocals
Chris developed a love for live music at an early age. The power, emotions and dynamics of classic rock, hard rock and heavy metal spoke loudly to her. Chris started her musical career with cover bands and sang everything from Led Zeppelin, to Melissa Etheridge, to Black Sabbath and Dio. She later pursued original music and was in a metal band called Cellbound, which had a great 8 year run. Chris gained a loyal fan base through her energetic and passionate performances and tireless work ethic. Cellbound performed at many festivals and toured through out the surrounding states. Currently she sings in an original metal band called Olathia. You can catch Olathia at venues throughout Cleveland and Akron, at festivals and on the road as well! Being a long time TSO/Savatage fan, she is excited to join forces with the talented musicians in First Snow. Terry Johnson, Olathia’s bass player, has also joined as a vocalist.
BRIAN BRIGGS - Bass
Brian started playing guitar and bass in high school. He started to focus on bass 2005 in MATD and formed the Divison Bell Pink Floyd Tribute Band. Brian has also played 2nd keys for First Snow in 2010, continued with The Show Must Go On until 2013. & is currently performing in his GreenR DayZ Tribute and excited to be back in First Snow!
DAVE JENNINGS - Guitar
From a young age Dave has had a variety of musical influences that continues to expand . He performed in symphonic band throughout his high school years, received his first guitar lesson from his father, and has jammed with as well as learned from some very talented and interesting people over the past several decades. Some projects he's been a part of in the past are Desolate Soul, Element 92 and Uncovered . Dave is also currently musically working with Chris Mahoney in a duet named "Sauce" .
DREW SODEE - Drums
Drew learned to play guitar along with his brother as kids & then focused on drums so they could work together in their own band. Self-taught & heavily influenced by Rush & progressive metal bands over the years have helped to define his style of playing.
Current musical projects include: Straight On - a Tribute to the Music of Heart, Fallen Angel, Ego & also performing with other local bands at times. Drew endorses Soultone Cymbals.
DAN CAMERON- Backing & Lead Vocals
Dan Cameron is in his first year as a vocalist with First Snow. He has been active in music for 20 years, and has fronted the Cleveland-based metal band Bound by Fate for the last 11 years. Dan says he became involved in music because it's been a form of self expression, and a healthy release for him, and he enjoys entertaining people and making them smile. He is an avid Indians and Browns fan, loves everything Halloween and is a haunted house set designer and actor.
These are the folks behind the scenes helping to bring you the First Snow show! From lights, video, sound & stage crew... these guys are the backbone of the production!