Flood City Brass is a band based in Johnstown, PA with players from the Johnstown, Altoona, and Northern Cambria areas. We have played nearly 500 gigs and over 80 weddings over the past 12 years.
Lead Vocalist: Tom “Hoaky” Pavic – Tom is a phenomenal vocalist and front man who will bring excitement to your party or event. His extensive experience as an entertainer is clearly evident in his performances. He is also a member of the Johnstown Classic Rockers. Tom can sing, swing, and scream; performing songs ranging from Van Morrison, James Brown, Frank Sinatra, KC and the Sunshine band, and Jesus Christ Superstar.
Lead Vocalist: Natalie Kurchak – Natalie adds a dimension to the band by leading up the female vocals. She has an incredible vocal style capable of singing vigorous songs of Aretha Franklin to the gentle songs of Judy Garland. Natalie is also involved in the Band of Brothers Shakespeare Company, and performs with her husband John in their classic rock band “Midnight Graffiti” and acoustic duo “Midnight Acoustic”.
Keyboards: Luis Gonzalez III – Luis is a pharmacist at Conemaugh Hospital. He can play a wide variety of styles. Luis has previously played with Ted Carter. Equipment: Roland RD600 Keyboard, Clavia Nord Electro 73, and a Yamaha Motif.
Lead Guitar, Sax and Trombone: Randy Rutherford – Randy is a graduate of the Berklee School of Music and is a master guitar player from Altoona, PA. He is a well rounded player and enjoys playing many different styles of music. His equipment includes Fender and Ibanez guitars as well as Mesa, Fender, and Traynor amps.
Bass: Andy Heinze – Andy has played in many local bands such as Third Standard, Ole ‘97, and Somerhill. He also played in his high school jazz bands and orchestra. Andy also currently plays upright bass with the Laurel Strings Orchestra. Equipment: Eden WT500 Head and D410XLT cabinet. Schecter 6 string bass, Yamaha 5 string bass.
Drums: John Homerski, Jr. – John is a graduate of the US Armed Forces School of Music and a 9 year veteran of the US Army Bands. As a professional musician, for most of the past 43 years, John has led and performed in many popular groups, and has shared the stage with such notables as Manhattan Transfer, Lou Christie, Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners, and Little Anthony. TAMA StarClassic Performer Birch/Bubinga 6-Piece. Pearl ICON DR-503C Rack. Zildjian Cymbals. LP Auxiliary Percussion. PorkPie Throne, SKB Cases, and assorted cow bells.
Lead Trumpet/Flugelhorn: Dan Perich – Dan is a trumpet player and singer. He is the cantor of his Church and is also the band leader and trumpet player of the Swing City Band. Equipment: Yamaha Trumpet, King Flugelhorn.
Sax/Flute: Jen Shuty – Jen is a music major from IUP with a BA and MA degrees. She has played with the band 10,000 Maniacs and is a studio set musician. Jen plays Yamaha custom saxophones.
Trombone/Sax/Guitar: Jim Bilitski – Jim is the band leader and arranger for Flood City Brass. Equipment: King 4B trombone, Yamaha YBS52 Bari Sax, Yamaha YTS62S Tenor Sax, Yamaha YAS 23 Alto, Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar, and Ampeg R-112R Diamond Blue Lead amp, Fender Blues Jr, Martin DC16RGTE Acoustic Guitar.