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Rhonda Medina & The Tramps  

You've met the "Lady". Now, it's time meet "The Tramps".


Began arranging in high school. Learned theory from his father.
Was in Air Force Band of the West where he played clarinet, sax, flute, piccolo, bass,

and piano and wrote arrangements. Retired from a career in electronics servicing

mainframe computers. Has played many musicals, with Philharmonic Orchestras

in Irving and Albuquerque (oboe and English horn), lots of big bands, and combos.

Has performed with Sonny and Cher, Vickie Carr, The Ice Capades, Barnum and Bailey Circus.

Made it to the University of North Texas Three O'clock Lab Band in the 1960's.


Rusty started playing drums at the early age of 11.  He attended East Texas State University on a Music Scholarship.   After college, he joined the Army and played with the Fifth Army Band for 7 years.  Over the years Rusty has played with a diverse group of musicians including  Steve Allen of the Tonight Show, the UNT One O'Clock Lab Band, Sherman Andrus of The Imperials,  David Phelps of the Gaithers, San Antonio Little Theater, Dallas Christian Jazz Band, Jack Melick Orchestra, 

Mel Fitch Orchestra, Chuck Arlington Orchestra, Dallas Jazz Orchestra and numerous musical productions at Plymouth Park Baptist Church in Irving. Rusty stays very busy teaching private percussion lessons in the Irving Independent School District as well as at Murphy's Music in Irving.  He is a member of Oak View Baptist Church, where he plays in the orchestra

and works with the student ministry. 

Growing up near London, England in the mid-1960's, Simon soon fell under the spell of the music of the British Invasion bands, such as The Beatles, Herman's Hermits, Gerry And The Pacemakers, The Searchers, and of course, Cliff Richard And The Shadows. He was fortunate to attend one of the leading high schools in Britain which had a strong arts program, Simon was soon taking classical guitar lessons and singing in the school choir, which included performing at London's Royal Festival Hall. Simon moved to the U.S. in 1997 and starting to play in bands again, including joining The Brookhaven College Jazz Band and Upswing Big Band where he met Rhonda Medina.​


Russ began his love for upright at a performing arts high school. After spending two years in the jazz studies program at Loyola of New Orleans, Russ decided to sharpen his technique by finishing a classical degree at LSU. The Bass Institute of Technology got him plugged into the L.A. scene where he freelanced for six years. He has been a “hired gun” ever since high school and currently circulates among the artists of DFW. Performance credits include Randy Newman, Lou Adler, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and Nelson Riddle.

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