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. 

 

 

 

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       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!