Montage

A high energy seven piece band that has a Funk delivery system like none ever seen in Milwaukee. Besides funk, the band is known for playing R&B, Soul and Disco from the 70's to today.

Montage is fronted by both a male and female vocalist and backed by a super tight rhythm section.  Throw in a multi-talented sax player and what more could you want!?               The dance floor will be packed all night long ...

 
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GARY

Gary B. Lovestone is a singer/songwriter/performer from the Milwaukee, WI area. Gary studied trumpet and piano at the Wisconsin Conservatory Of Music in the early nineties where he met two other musicians, Jeff Muhammad and Deonte Baldwin Sr.
Gary, Jeff and Deonte began to write several songs together from 1995 to 2003, with Gary joining Jeff & Deonte at 703Records. In 1999 Gary was the featured vocalist on the tracks "I Choose You", "Jessi" & "The Finale" on the now out of print 703Records release "THE COMPILATION".
Gary then joined Da' Soul Recordings Group from 2003 to 2011, and released his first solo cd in 2004 "JOURNEY" followed by a second solo release "TWO" in 2005. Gary was also the featured vocalist on the song "Whisper To Me" from J.L. Russell's "Soul Of A Poet" cd in 2005 as well.
In 2006 Gary and Jeff Hegwood a.k.a. "J" of Da' Soul, co-wrote the songs for the 2007 Da' Soul release Murphy Edwards "PRECISE" with Gary as the featured vocalist on the song "PREVAIL".
In 2010 Gary formed the band LOVE STONE and released his fourth cd on the Da' Soul label, "PEACE, LOVE & JOY".
Gary signed with Digital Garden Music, LLC. Gary B. & Love Stone released the single "KEEP ON LIVIN" in 2011 as part of Facebook's Peace Day celebration.

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amanda

Amanda is a Soprano who belts!! She studied Musical Theater at the University of Michigan. She performed and recorded musicals with the a cappella group Amazin Blue, and the U of M Pops Orchestra. After graduation, Amanda lived and worked in NYC and in regional theaters.  Highlights of her time there were concerts and recordings with the Broadway Inspirational Voices and performing at Cooper Union and Carnegie Hall with Galt McDermott (composer of HAIR) and his band. In 2002, Amanda moved to Florida where she taught and directed music for many years as well as performed at a Cabaret house/piano bar. Cheers to family and friends who welcomed her back to Wisconsin with open arms in 2012.

Amanda is having a blast singing with Gary and the funk band Montage! She loves her hubby and two children who love to dance and support her at as many concerts as they can get to. 

 

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Rosemary

Rosemary is the sax specialist of Montage!  She has her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Heidelberg University and a Master of Music in instrumental Conducting from UWM.  Currently she is the Director of the UWM Youth Jazz Ensemble and also teaches in the UW Colleges. In addition to her work in the classroom, Rosemary free-lances and maintains a private studio in the Milwaukee area.  Rosemary is also a member of the Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra, which recently released their album, Welcome to Swingsville! in 2017.

As the resident millennial in the band, Rosemary likes avocados, renting, Chuck Taylors, cat videos, Bonnie Raitt LPs, and fighting the patriarchy one glass of bourbon at a time.

 

 

 
 
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Ben-Jam-n

Ben's the leader of this great band - Montage!

Ben is a multi-instrumentalist and holds a Masters Degree in Music.

Ben comes to Montage with a variety of music experiences and backgrounds. Having played in many Top 40/Variety bands, 80's bands, and (continues to play and sit in with) local big bands in the Milwaukee & Waukesha area, Ben tries his hand(s) at all he can in music.

Ben was introduced to jazz in HS, along with his first experience with a synth called the Minimoog:  Love at first sound!! He collects classic synthesizers and has been known to bring one occasionally to a gig to "dust it off".

To see Ben in other performance situations, cut and paste the following links into your browser:

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www.jazzexpressbigband.com

http://www.swingexplosion.com/videos.php

http://www.milwaukeerocks.com/showbanddetail.asp?BandID=15172

Music likes: Latin, Jazz, Funk, World music, CCM, EDM

MiniMax - Moog Emulator Tune -

http://www.trippler.net/files/cream/MaxInDaHouse.mp3

and one of the best synth solo's out on the web -

Cory Henry - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muDK67tOnkg&spfreload=10

One for fun: http://rbl.ytmnd.com/

 

 

 
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Jason

Jason’s first recollection of a prominent bass line in a song was when he heard "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen at a very young age.  Although he wouldn’t take up bass guitar until he was a teenager, he has always gravitated to music with strong rhythmic grooves.  Jason has performed with a variety of local music groups since the mid-90s and appreciates being given the opportunity to lay down the low end for Montage.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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tim

Tim started playing drums in 1969 and hasn't stopped since.

After spending many years in drum corps including 4 years as a Madison Scout snare drummer Tim went back to music school.

Playing gigs around the Midwest at the same time studying music (percussion) at UW. Madison, UW Oshkosh, and UW Stevens Point.

Tim has performed with the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, Green Bay Symphony, Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and the Janesville Symphony Orchestra.

Now after 45 years of performing Tim keeps up a very busy gigging schedule playing all styles of music.

 

 

 
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pebo

Pete has been playing in bands since the 9th grade, in styles ranging from rock, pop and variety to his favorites - funk and R&B.

He is a gear-head, but in practice, is a big fan of affordable, portable and flexible gear.  The next time you see him, ask him why he isn't playing a Mesa Boogie Mark V.

He's very happy to be making music with musicians of the caliber who are in Montage.

Pete is waiting for Ben to dust off some of that classic gear and bring it to a gig. ;)

Favorite artists:  The Beatles, Chick Corea, Allan Holdsworth, Jeff Beck, John Scofield, Scott Henderson, Pat Metheny, Weather Report, Steely Dan, and Earth, Wind & Fire

Favorite music styles: The Beatles, Jazz Fusion, Funk/Soul/R&B and Prog Rock.

 

 

JUDE

Montage' "Soundman" and overall decent guy is JUDE!

Jude's been doing sound for bands since 1973, so

he knows his way around a mixing console and efx chains.

Here's just a few of the bands he's done sound for

(and not just dance stuff either.  :) )

Rocket 88 (50's & 60's)

Justice (70's, 80's & 90's)

Summer Breeze (Variety, parties)

Jubilee (Church variety)

Ricochette's (British 60's invasion)

Montage (Funk)

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News & Updates

Greetings!   Welcome to the Montage Website!

Please check out the links that will take you everywhere on this site.                    From our Upcoming Events area, where Montage will be performing next, to our PIX area to see how people have responded to the music we play.  We also have some excerpts of what we sound like (but it's ALWAYS much better to see and hear us live!!) on our MEDIA area.      Questions, or if you'd like to hire Montage for one of your events, please go to our Contact area and send us an email. We'll answer you A.S.A.P.

 

If you would be so kind, please take a moment and LIKE us on our FaceBook page.  The more you like us, the more we show all these places that we're a fun and talented group!

Also, if you'd like to simply send us a compliment, please fill out the Contact form on this website.  Please include your full name and phone/email....BUT -

Montage WILL NOT use your full last name or phone on this site without your permission.  Montage keeps the info in our records for those places that want references from good people like you!!

 

July 1, 2018

Summer is hot and so is the band MONTAGE!  We've started our festival season by performing at the Nixon Park "shell" in Hartland.  The music of Montage was a huge explosion at this event and so were the fireworks!!  

Come on out and see us at a venue near you! Check our Coming Events page for performance dates. Bring a few friends and dance the evening away!

Don't forget, we're also on Facebook!  You'll find some live videos of us from the Nixon Park gigs to a few past ones at recent performances in the area.  Take Montage with you on your mobile device!   Hope to see you at one of our "gigs"!!  :)

 

 

May 24, 2018

Montage set a record at a recent Mezcalero performance on 5.19.18!  Seven birthdays, count 'em - "7" birthdays were in the HOUSE celebrating with Montage at this gig!  We also had a singles group visiting and definitely enjoying the music Montage was playing.  Add to this some newbies that saw us for the first time and they promised to spread the word about us and most importantly: To Return!!  WOW!  Was that a night!!

Thank you for supporting us!   Many of you have been talking us up at some local clubs to try and get Montage in there.  We will be visiting a few of them in the area.  Thanks for the suggestions and for the recommendations!

If you have some "danceable" tunes to suggest for Montage, write them down with your email address and either give these to a member at a band gig or through the email address on this site.  We can't do every one of the suggestions, but we promise to discuss and pick from the favorites that you've suggested.

 

April 3, 2018

Montage has been getting people to hit the ground DANCING!!  We'd like to thank you for your generous support at the area restaurants and bars we've been performing at!  Tons of people have been attending our "gigs" and we receive many compliments from the businesses we play for to the crowds of people we meet!  Thank you for wonderful support!  We promise to deliver a great music and dancing experience for you!

Come on out and see us!  Montage is sure that you won't be disappointed!   :)

 

Many people have come up to the band and asked if we would play for clubs, parties, anniversaries, weddings, and many other dance functions?   Well??   YES!!!!!!!!

If you are interested in hiring Montage for your special event, or would like more information on available dates and such, simply go to the CONTACT page,

fill out the form and hit "send".  We'll get info to you as soon as we can.  Thanks!

 

Check out our "Pix" section!  Recent and past gig pix can be found there.

Who knows?  You might see yourself in one of them.

Have some Montage Pix for this website?  Send them as an attachment.  Thx!!

 

NEW performances have been added!  Check out the Upcoming Events page for more info!!

Check back often to see and hear where MONTAGE is performing next!!

 

Web Page up and running!!  If this is your first time here - Welcome!!

Want to contact MONTAGE?  Send an email with your address to:  MontageFunkBand@gmail.com

 

 

"I" am a musician.

- We are the people that stay up half the night to finish that song we can't get out of our heads.

- We're typically misunderstood and always underpaid.

- We spend more time packing, driving, and unpacking vans full of gear than we do on stage playing.

- BUT, We bring entertainment, healing, love, and passion to a world that desperately needs it, and I wouldn't change a thing.

 

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          What’s in a band?        A name?        Individuals?  Talent?        Music styles and arrangements?                            Yes, all of the above and more!        Montage is Funk Band you want to hire!  Be it for your Waukesha area event or festival or for a Milwaukee area event.  Montage is the band to bring the music, the FUNK and DISCO and more to your event!  We are the party band!!                 The Montage Funk Band is made up of area musicians from the best dance bands, the best party bands, even the best wedding and corporate bands!        We’ve come together to form Montage in order to bring you a new take on the tunes that you know and continue to dance to!        So, if you’re looking for that great party/dance band, you’ve found us!           Montage Funk band!        We are the the funk band for Southeast Wisconsin and all surrounding areas!        Give us a listen.  Come see us.  You will become a follower!        Thx!               

 

 

What’s in a band?

A name?

Individuals?  Talent?

Music styles and arrangements?

                    Yes, all of the above and more!

Montage is Funk Band you want to hire!  Be it for your Waukesha area event or festival or for a Milwaukee area event.  Montage is the band to bring the music, the FUNK and DISCO and more to your event!  We are the party band!!

 

The Montage Funk Band is made up of area musicians from the best dance bands, the best party bands, even the best wedding and corporate bands!

We’ve come together to form Montage in order to bring you a new take on the tunes that you know and continue to dance to!

So, if you’re looking for that great party/dance band, you’ve found us!

 

Montage Funk band!

We are the the funk band for Southeast Wisconsin and all surrounding areas!

Give us a listen.  Come see us.  You will become a follower!

Thx!