2017 Board Member Elections
CANDIDATES FOR BOARD OF
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
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
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
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
I am currently Secretary of the Detroit Blues Society and look
forward to assisting the mission of the Society in any way that I
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
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
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