The heart of the group, Collin is the primary songwriter, lead vocalist, and guitar player. He's a driving force with passion and heart. Collin's not the captain, he's the damn boat. Without him we'd be in the waves.
Something truly magical happens when Kelcie and Collin sing together. Perhaps it's genetic, as they are brother and sister. It takes that special connection to sing in sync so much of the time. She likes to improvise harmonies to music while driving.
John "The Robot" Scott, so named for his metronomic timing, is not only a drummer. He occasionally gets to step out from behind the set to play guitar, bass, or even mandolin. John may be unassuming, not one for stick spinning or drumming shirtless, his proficiency is sneaky for someone who doesn't claim to be a drummer.
Nina pulls double duty! When she's not adding the sweet and sometimes sorrowful violin sounds to our folkier tunes, Nina rocks out on the bass guitar. Nina even adds an additional vocal part on some tunes.
Though Jereme primarily plays the tenor sax, he occasionally sits in on drums or bass. Doing a little bit of everything is exactly what he enjoys. That includes creating most of the album art and photography for the band. Some of his saxophone idols include Dave Koz, Richard Elliot, and David Sanborn. You can only tell when Jereme is truly stage-ready if he's wearing a denim jacket.
Andy, the alto saxophone player, brings a bright, measured, yet punchy sound to the band's more rock'n' tunes. He also has a regular gig with a premiere Pittsburgh jazz/big band. Andy and Jereme, as a sax duo, date back to the 90s when they played together as kids.
The newest addition to the ensemble is Kristen, the band's dedicated keyboard player. She also likes to sing and perform solo gigs. When she's not being musical she may be off riding her Honda CBR sport bike.
" The Whelming Waters' new song “Whiskey Song” will make you want to swing as soon as you hear it. The instrumentation is refreshing yet nostalgic. Pulling from 1950’s swing rock n’ roll, and big band music, The Whelming Waters flow musically. The vocal sits on top quite nicely and has a touch of current rock in the delivery style. The melodies are catchy during all sections which is quite a rarity these days."
-Ryan Cassata (Rock The Pigeon)
"It’s obvious that they have dynamic chemistry together ... This recording almost sounds like a lively and high-spirited party among friends, which most likely is exactly what it is!"
"Their sound can’t be defined by one genre or another. One thing that does define them is great music. The Whelming Waters change their arrangement with each song providing violin, trumpet, trombone, mandolin, sax, and piano. Each arrangement will leave you in awe from the beginning to the end. "
"Just watching you on WHTM 27/Good Day PA! IMHO, you are the best band I’ve heard on the show! Keep up the good work, guys & gals!"
-Jo Harpster Frontz
"This compelling [group] will be sure to perk ears in awe of their rustic music abilities. "
- John Chamberlin and Rachael Rennebeck ("Ya Jagoff!!!" Podcast)
“TWW’s defy traditional musical genre restraints and they represent how art flourishes when you break the chains that limit creativity.”
-Nikki Hassinger (Filmmaker)
"Their talented musicians seemed to have no problem switching between instruments. This allowed them to have a variety of sounds that like the torrential waters of the river, just drew you in further and further with each song of their set. If you see this new up and coming band in your area, go check them out. But be prepared to become part of the coming flood of fans of the Whelming Waters. "
-Craig Ferry (Craig Ferry Photography)