Pam and the Pearls

Awarded "Top 150 Bands in the U.S."
- Modern Bride, January 2006 & January 2007
"One of Nebraska's Two Best Bands"

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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. Playing primarily 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.

Whether you're looking for Ceremony Music, Jazz Standards for Cocktails and dinner music or our seven piece Band for playing rock standards from the 50's to the present for Party and Wedding Music and Dancing, you can rely on Pam and the Pearls to provide the perfect music for your event.

Pam and The Pearls Are

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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 with Pam 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 and appeared on the NBC's "TODAY" show as well as Jay Leno's "TONIGHT SHOW" and ABC's "GOOD MORNING AMERICA".
Ron has recorded six solo projects of his own, four on the American Gramaphone label and two on his own label, Nebraska Sky. He has also received gold and platinum records for his work on the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas recordings. Ron has also performed on the White House lawn for President Clinton's Tree Lighting Ceremony and with C.W. McCall at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Check out Ron's Website or contact Ron by email.


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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 many musical 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 cruise ships and has performed in Japan, Europe and the Caribbean.
Since 1979, Joey has done hundreds of week-long residencies in schools sponsored by the Nebraska Arts Council. He has been involved teaching music at the Nebraska Scholars institute since 1982 and works as a jazz clinician in schools and universities throughout the Midwest.
Joey began studying music at the age of six and plays many instruments. He specializes in the field of percussion and has acquired a collection of instruments from around-the-world. He also performs as a soloist using soprano sax and a MIDI wind controller. Joey can be heard on many CD's, commercials, and soundtracks. Check out the new CD with Ron Cooley Summer Magic. Here is a link to Joey's website.


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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 Jazz Ensemble, 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 International Jazz Celebration, and most recently has been performing as accompanist with The Die Meister Singers.



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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 of music. 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 "River City All-Stars". For over 30 years Brian has been one of Omaha's 1st call bassists.



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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 alto saxophonist 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

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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 have established 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 and C.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 and served as the emcee for the Omaha Press Club's Annual "Gridiron Show" many times. He has emceed events for AT&T, Union Pacific, and the United Way to name a few.
Pam and Jim recently returned from Branson, Missouri where they each had their own television show on the Americana Television Network. Jim can also be seen playing the part of Laura Derns brother in the movie 'Citizen Ruth'.
Whether singing the beautiful ballad, 'Unforgettable' or belting out a sizzling duet of 'Love Shack' Pam and Jim are equally adept at entertaining their audience.
This is a link for a interview Pam and Jim did for a local television station.

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