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2017 Board Member Elections

CANDIDATES FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
You must be a current member of the DBS to vote. Your ballot was in your latest newsletter. Ballots must be received by the Dec. 12th Board Meeting.

President – Steve Soviak
I would consider my tenure as president of DBS a huge success. 8 out of 10 of my targeted projects were completed and they were all successful. Here are a few examples:
I over saw the development of our new newsletter format.
We celebrated our 30 year anniversary.
I directed the expansion of DBS territory north, east and west.
DBS conducted 6 Blues Challenge events and are supporting a youth band, solo act and band to compete in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2017.
I worked with fellow board members to crown a new Queen of the Blues and to arrange for Rev. Robert Jones to become invoked in our Blues in the Schools program.
I recruited new volunteers to manage the merchandise table at DBS events to ensure a revenue stream for the society.
That being said... I will continue my efforts ...and look forward to your support...to continue as the President of the Detroit Blues Society.

Chairman/Treasurer – Tom McNab
This past year I have served as an at-large member of DBS. I have attended monthly DBS board meetings and volunteered to support several DBS events. Also, I worked with Laurie Frick, K-12 Music Facilitator Birmingham Schools, to engage Robert Jones, Jr. to facilitate (11) Blues-In-The-Schools workshops in the Birmingham School District for the upcoming school year. Most of all I’m a fan of Blues music and want to make sure that the blues continues to thrive in southeast Michigan.

Secretary – William Toll a.k.a Sweet Willie Tea
In 1986 I started Fine Line Design, an independent commercial advertising and design firm initially specialized in retail center (shopping mall) marketing that grew to have clients in four states.

I served as President of the Board of Directors of Buckham Alley Theatre, an eighty seat non-profit theatre in Flint, MI for nearly twenty years and oversaw all aspects of the theatre's business including; advertising, grants, membership, and sound and lighting design. I have been fortunate to have been trained in the Second City method of improvisational comedy by SC alumnus Jonathon Round and to have served as Director of the Back Alley Players Comedy Improv Troupe during that time.

I began playing guitar as a teenager and in the 1980's released one record with the rock band Toll. In the 90's I was front man for the blues/rock band Cidy Zoo. Our "Something for Everyone" release, included the single "Talk Louder", the classical crossover instrumental "25 Strings", and "Buick City Blues". All three received airplay with "Talk Louder" eventually charting at #15 on the AAA charts. I have recently released two albums as Sweet Willie Tea. An electric blues collection with my band, The Tea Bones titled "Down On The Floor" and a solo one-man-band effort in the tradition of Dr. Ross the Harmonica Boss titled "Unsweetened, No Lemon."

I won the Canada South Blues Challenge and was a semi-finalist in Memphis at The 2011 International Blues Challenge, and I have won the Detroit Blues Society Blues Challenge twice and was a semi-finalist in Memphis at The 2013 International Blues Challenge. I perform nearly 200 shows yearly and have been a regular feature at the legendary Bert's in Detroit's Eastern Market.

I am currently Secretary of the Detroit Blues Society and look forward to assisting the mission of the Society in any way that I can.

Member at Large - Jane Cassisi
I have been the editor of the DBS Blue Notes since March of 2015 and also take photographs around town and sometimes the state. I have a BA in Graphic and Commercial Art and 30 years’ experience in that field, most with the Department of Defense, US Army (I am one of the few that can say they love their job). I have also taught courses in computer graphics at MCC and helped set the curriculum for that course of study since the 1990s. Oh yes, I am also a licensed Drivers Training Instructor. Joining the Detroit Blue Society, I am going to say a little over 2 years ago, has been quite a journey for me. I have had the opportunity to meet (IMHO) the most talented Blues musicians in the state and am honored that many of them call me their friend. The Detroit Blues Society has a lot to offer to our Blues community and we are just getting started, because, as you know, “It’s all about the Blues”.

Member at Large – Luther “Badman” Keith
Luther, a former newspaper editor, currently is at the helm of the charitable non-profit, Arise Detroit. He is also a professional musician and has been a member of the DBS Board for many years.

 

Member at Large – Cynthia Davis a.k.a. Denise Davis

Cynthia (Denise) Davis released her grand group “Denise Davis and the Motor City Sensations formerly Leilani” to the City of Detroit and across the United States. Starting in June 2010, with the group expected to be a success and fame imminent, the exciting, newfangled sound that she has made her own is certain to gain interest from across the world.

And as if that wasn’t enough, Denise has taken it upon herself to take up an entirely different, though wholly satisfying, hobby of helping the community. The satisfaction she gets from indulging in her many passions has led to a bond with people in need. Becoming a CEO & President of the Lady Xavier’s Community Service Organization (2003), and Lady fie Xavier’s Sorority (2008), Diamonds Peer Group (2009), and Community Ambassador for the City of Detroit under Mayor Dave Bing (2005) only exhibits more of her many talents and gifts to achieve.

Denise has achieved Masters Degrees in both Modern Dance and Business Management from WSU, currently working on Doctorate at WSU, Associates in Business Management and Business Administration from Detroit Business Institute and Detroit College of Business, Associates Degree in Modern Dance from Interlochen Arts Academy, Certifications in ServSafe, Walkie Stacker, HiLo, Bobcats and CDL Class A and B, Chauffeurs License, and many certificates in Administration and Leadership Development. She also holds State of Michigan Certification as a Professional Secretary.

HAVE SHARED THE SAME STAGE WITH CARL CALTON, CHARLES DAVIS OF THE CONTOURS, AVA CHERRY OF LUTHER VANDROSS, SPYDER TURNER (STAND BY ME), MARTHA REEVES AND ROCHELLE LAUHMAN OF VANDELLAS, EDDIE WILLIS OF THE FUNK BROTHERS

HAVE DONE PERSONAL TRIBUTES TO GEORGE ROUNTREE OF THE FOUR TOPS AND EDDIE WILLIS OF THE FUNK BROTHERS FOR THEIR MEMBERS FUNDRAISERS


"...thanks for all you do for
keeping the Blues growing."

Bill Wax, Proprietor of Low-Fi's Bar and Pool Hall
on XM Radio Channel 74


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The Detroit Blues Society (DBS) is a registered federal 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, education, and advancement of the blues tradition, as it relates to the Metro-Detroit area. It has as its primary goals, to promote a wider appreciation for the Blues by the general public and to serve the members of the Society.