Rhythm

Dennis Hitchcox, guitar:  Dennis comes from NE Ohio where he plucked his first classic rock riffs as a teenager.  He studied jazz guitar and composition at Ohio State University, going on to perform with big bands, smaller combos, and as a soloist, moving to Portland in 2001.  His main guitar influences include Pat Martino, Emily Remler, and Kenny Burrell, to name a few. 

David McAdams, drums: Dave honed his big band drumming with Portland State’s Jazz Lab band. Soon after, he played on tours of Southeast Asia and the Far East for the U.S.O. and US Dept. of Defense.  For many years he backed a popular vocal group during tours touching five continents.  This guy gets around!

Devon DiPaolo, piano: Devon has been a freelance musician since 2010.  He has worked professionally as a producer, arranger, performer, composer, stage manager, and orchestrator of a wide-ranging list of musical projects.  In 2015 he earned a bachelor's degree in contemporary writing and production at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.  During his time there he studied under industry-leading faculty learning how to arrange and score music for a broad range of genres and ensembles. Presently the band is working on one of Devon's compositions, "University Avenue."

David Guettler, bass: From Detroit, MI, Dave grew up listening to Motown and rock. He started playing bass at about the same time Jaco Pastorius released his groundbreaking debut album in the mid-70's.  Dave started playing in rock bands in the late '70's and '80's, switched to classical guitar in the '90's, then switched back to playing bass with a big band in 2005.  His last band before NoPo was a seasonal Black Sabbath tribute band in the summer of 2009.  He joined NoPo in 2012.  He is the owner of River City Bicycles in Portland, an avid cyclist and woodworker, and absolutely loves KMHD.

Bethanye Barkus, percussion: With roots in Brazilian samba and Cuban rumba, Bethanye brings international flavor to NoPo Big Band's signature sound.  Because big band music doesn't typically include auxilliary percussion, she appreciates the opportunity to create music in this new-to-her genre.  A passionate, life-long student of all rhythmic instruments, Bethanye believes, "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing!'