Pam and the Pearls are a seven piece dance/show band that has been performing since the late 80's in Omaha and the surrounding areas. Playingprimarily for Weddings, Corporate events and private parties, the band has acquired a large following due to the quality of musicanship and versatility of it's song list. Here is a link to some of the testimonials we have received.
Ron Cooley - Co leader and arranger Ron Cooley is featured on the guitar. Ron is one of Omaha's busiest musicians. In addition to his work withPam and the Pearls, Ron performs every Christmas season as a member of the nationally acclaimed group Mannheim Steamroller. In the last nine years he has toured throughout the USA and Germany andappeared on the NBC's "TODAY" show as well as Jay Leno's "TONIGHT SHOW" and ABC's "GOOD MORNING AMERICA".
Joey Gulizia -Joey has been performing since the age of ten, and continues to perform as a professional musician. He has proven diversity by working in manymusical situations such as a featured artist with the Omaha Symphony, Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, Nebraska Brass, and countless other musical groups including his own. He has entertained on many cruiseships and has performed in Japan, Europe and the Caribbean.
Pete Hall - On keyboards is Nigel "Pete" Hall. Pete has been playing the piano since the age of six. He toured Europe with the West Virginia Weslyan College JazzEnsemble, was a member of the U.S. Army Band at Fort Hood, Texas and The S.A.C. Band. He has performed at the Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., the Romanian InternationalJazz Celebration, and most recently has been performing as accompanist with The Die Meister Singers.
Brian Sampson - On Fender Bass is Brian Sampson. Brian is a founding member of Pam and the Pearls and a musician capable of laying down the bass for any style ofmusic. He has performed and recorded with C.W. McCall, T.G. Shepard and many other local artists, numerous theater productions, countless Radio/TV jingles, and the popular Omaha rock group the "RiverCity All-Stars". For over 30 years Brian has been one of Omaha's 1st call bassists.
Dennis Strawn - Dennis Strawn is the multitalented reed player in the band. Dennis is a master of the lyrical soprano sax styling of Kenny "G" and the pulsating blues alto style of David Sanborn. Dennis also plays flute and clarinet on quite few of the band's arrangements. Before joining Pam and the Pearls 12 years ago, Dennis was touring as the lead altosaxophonist and clarinetist with the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra. He also has performed Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra Jr., Billy Eckstine, The Ink Spots, Theresa Brewer. Dennis was featured soloist with the Florida Pops Orchestra with Skitch Henderson conducting.
Pam And Jim Kalal
are one of Omaha's most popular married couples. They met while performing with the Firehouse Brigade at the Firehouse Dinner Theatre and have sang together since. The Kalal's haveestablished a very impressive resume. They have performed on hundreds of local, regional and national Radio and Television commercial jingles. They have also recorded with Mannheim Steamroller andC.W. McCall. Jim also keeps busy as an emcee. He has served as emcee for presidents Reagan and Bush at political rallies. He has co-hosted the Easter Seals Telethon on KM3-TV for many years andserved as the emcee for the Omaha Press Club's Annual "Gridiron Show" many times. He has emceed events for AT∓mp;T, Union Pacific, and the United Way to name a few.