R.U.M. Trio consisting of Ken Rogers, John Upthall and Dave Mueller.
R.U.M. Trio is a group of seasoned musicians bringing the best in jazz, gypsy swing, blues and classic popular music from the 20th century. The three musicians alternately play violin, guitar, piano, trumpet, fluegelhorn and other instruments.
Ken Rogers, Ph.D., guitar, keyboards and vocals: Former music director orchestra, band and choir. Has a music education master degree along with a degree in music theory and composition. Has a Doctorate in Educational Administration and worked many years as a school superintendent. Has performed in professional jazz groups, string orchestras, Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra, classical guitar concerts, blues combos and ethnic ensembles; performed in US and Europe.
John Utphall. Violin, Keys, Vocals: Professional music degrees from UWEC BME/UW Stout MSE. Performed in a number of groups from Eau Claire and Menomonee including North of Dixie, Two Frets Up, The Other Brothers, Possum, Southern Serenade, Breakaway, Hickory, Dairyland RanchHands, The Cutaways, Ranger Rudy.
Dave Mueller, fluegelhorn, trumpet, bass: bachelor Degree in Music Education and a Master Degree in Education from Winona State University. As an instrumental music instructor, he has taught for thirty eight years on the secondary and collegiate levels. He serves as a clinician and adjudicator for the WSMA and has served as a trumpet coach and coordinator in the Wisconsin Honors Program. As a professional trumpet player, he has shared the stage with such names as Clark Terry, Bud Brisboi, Dominic Spera, Ricky Nelson, and Myron Floren.