About the Band...
After Hours started in the fall of 1995 when several members
of the Lykens Liberty Hose Company Band were asked to
portray a 1940's style big band in the Lykens Minstrel Show
as a tribute to the ending of World War II.
Response to the performance was so positive that this initial
group continued to practice and play dates as a big band.
Similar to the bands of Les Brown (our own hometown big
band hero), Glenn Miller, Harry James and others from the
swing era, After Hours displays the traditional big band set
up of five saxophones, five trumpets, four trombones, and
a rhythm section.
Band Member Biographies
Dave Spotts resides in Kulpmont PA, but is a Shamokin
native. He is retired but keeps busy with multiple pursuits
including various musical organizations, civic involvement,
church work, etc. Dave has been playing with After Hours
for 18 years having covered all 4 trombone parts. He has
also been emceeing for the band and serving as our
booking agent for the past several years. He has even
been known to sing a song or two.
Dave's hobbies include reading, visiting amusement
parks (Knoebels!), attending concerts of all types, public
speaking, watching classic movies, dining out, and enjoying
craft brewed beer. His musical tastes range from JS Bach to
Led Zeppelin to CSNY to Contemporary Christian to
anything from the Big Band Era! He is also a proud U.S.
Army veteran. Dave has always been After Hours' greatest
advocate and one of our band's most tireless champions.
Scott Onest, his wife Deb, and his daughter Olivia,
who plays flute and sings, all hail from Minersville
Pa. Scott, who has degrees in Economics and Health
Services Administration, is the business manager for
an entertainment company called Party People, Inc.
He has been playing sax since the fourth grade and
played in the concert and jazz bands in high school in
Erie, PA. Scott also played in the Dickinson College
jazz band in the mid 80's. In the Spring of 2003, he
was called in to substitute on a gig for After Hours.
In the fall of 2003 he was asked to sub again which
led to a full time position with the band.
Herm Ulsh, who is one the three remaining original
members of After Hours, plays baritone sax and clarinet
with the band. He has played with seven local town bands
including two led by Les Brown's father "R.W. Brown".
Herm joined the Air Force in 1952, served in the 565th
Air Force Band in Florida, and is a member of the Air Force
Musicians Alumni "AFMA". While stationed in Panama,
Herm started playing bari sax with a seven piece combo
called The Skylarks and still plays with his hometown band:
The Lykens Liberty Hose Co. #2 Band. Herm's son, trumpeter
Steve Ulsh, also plays with After Hours and his wife of 53
years has always supported his love of music but, she is
still his number one love!
Other band member bio's will rotate through
this section periodically.
Come back often to check for updates!