Meet the Band
Cherie Berry (Vocals)
Cherie is a Rock Island native and and a fiery addition to 10 of Soul’s “front line”. This naturally gifted vocalist went to Rock Island High School and Black Hawk College, and received vocal training from her mentor, Dorothy Klinger. She is currently working in the Special Ed. and food service departments in Rock Island District 41 and teaching private voice lessons. She has received numerous choral awards, loves gospel and jazz music, and in her free time enjoys teaching voice lessons.
Don Gustofson (Bass)
One of our newest band members, but no stranger to the area music scene, Don Gustofson has been performing & teaching music in the QC area for over 30 years. Don has performed in local blues, country, jazz, & rockabilly bands. In addition to playing bass for 10 of Soul, Don plays solo acoustic gigs as well.
Matt Hartmann (Trumpet)
Matt began his performing career in his home state of New Jersey outside of Philadelphia. An avid Eagles and Phillies fan, he pursued his dream of becoming a professional trumpet player from the first time he played the instrument in the 4th grade. After high school, he then went on to earn a degree in Music Education from Rowan University and a Masters in Jazz Studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Currently Matt lives in Davenport Iowa. Outside of 10 of Soul, he works as an educational road representative for West Music and holds the principal cornet chair in the Eastern Iowa Brass Band. He loves funking it up and shaking it down with 10 of Soul!
Dwayne Hodges (Vocals)
This Chicago native grew up listening to the likes of the Chi-lites, Jerry Butler, Curtis Mayfield, and more. Being a part of 10 of Soul has given Dwayne a newfound appreciation for music and reclaiming/reliving some of the most classic songs in musical history. Dwayne has been singing since the third grade and in high school, was chosen as an All State Choir member in the State of Iowa. Also in high school, Dwayne sang in acapella choir, mixed choir, bass choir, show choir, and performed in the musicals Bye, Bye, Birdie, Oklahoma, and 1940′s Radio Hour where Dwayne played the lead character. Dwayne took his talents to the United States Marine Corps, where he competed in several talent competitions in the US and in Japan. He has recently played roles in the plays You Don’t Know Me From a Male Perspective, and the production Issues of Life. Dwayne currently sings with the Quad Cities-based gospel group Redeemed Voices and heads two promotion and event management companies, A&D Entertainment Group and True Gospel Enterprises. Dwayne also volunteers at KALA Radio at St. Ambrose University doing an urban R&B & Soul-formatted show entitled Wake Up With DHodge.
Nina Little (Vocals)
Nina had her first solo when she was just five years old in St. Louis, Missouri. She sang in church choirs all of her life and was always one of their lead vocalists. Her passion for singing and dancing helped her to be accepted at Classical Junior Academy of the Performing Arts in St. Louis, where she learned to add the performing aspect when she hits the stage. Nina was one of the lead vocalists for the group ELYSIAN, and has opened for Grammy award winning Christian artist Mercy Me and BET’s Sunday’s Best finalist Crystal Holland. Her love to perform keeps Nina singing all over the Quad Cities and Eastern Iowa. She grew up listening to and influenced by artists like Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Tina Turner, Tina Marie, The Average White Band, and more.
Mike McMann (Trombone/Arranger)
Mike has performed and/or toured with icons like Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Wynton Marsalis, Gloria Gaynor, Martha Reeves, Louie Bellson, Frank Foster, Don Rickles, and others. Mike is the on-call trombonist in the Quad City area and has enjoyed performing with many touring Broadway musicals like Grease, A Chorus Line, Chicago, and more. He has performed in many international venues, including the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, North Sea Jazz Festival in The Netherlands, Jazz et Vienne in France, and all over the U.S. On the side, Mike has played professionally with bands like The Late Nite Blues Brothers, Shade of Blue, Orquesta Alto Maiz, The Rod Pierson Big Band, The Manny Lopez Big Band, River City Six, and many other local and regional big bands. He also has extensive experience writing and arranging music, which has been put to good use as the arranger/musical director for 10 of Soul. Before forming 10 of Soul, he spent some time working for the Mouse, spending summers at Disney World and Disneyland Paris as Lead Trombone/Assistant Director of the All-American College Band and International Student Show Band, respectively. Mike currently teaches Band at North Scott High School and lives in Eldridge with his wife and three children.
Tyler "Booter" Roberson (Guitar, Vocals)
Booter spent the first few years of his musical life watching his Dad gig and at the age of 9 got his first guitar. Growing up with his cousin (a DJ), he soaked up as much music as he could, having access to his record collection of more than 2000 records. In High School, he was actively involved in music, playing in the High School Pit Orchestra, Jazz Band, Pep Band, and was a Drum Major for the Marching Band. During this time, he also played locally and regionally with SF and The Pinheads and recorded full length LPs with both. After graduating from St. Ambrose, Booter was accepted into the Music Production Program at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, MN. While there, he worked as a session guitarist and producer for countless recording projects. After graduating from McNally Smith, Booter worked for Liquid 8 Records and JD Entertainment Group as a producer and on-call musician. Since his return to the Quad City area, Booter has been a first-call guitarist for The Tailfins, UnXpected, Gully Entertainment, Lovedogs, and was the guitarist/vocalist/leader for Tronicity.
Rusty Ruggles (Reeds)
Rusty was born and raised in Aledo, IL, listening to all kinds of music including Country, Pop and Classic Rock. He started playing saxophone when he was 11 and fell in love with Classic R & B and Soul. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Augustana College and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Vandercook College of Music in Chicago, IL. Rusty is currently the Band Director at Mercer County High School, where he has one of the largest small school bands in the state of Illinois. He also heads up the Aledo Central Park Band Shell and directs the Mercer County Community Band. Rusty has directed many high school musicals and performed with Crossroads, Misdirected Blues and The Sin City Orchestra.
Joey Schnoebelen (Trumpet)
The newest and youngest member of the band, Joey is an Iowa City native who began playing trumpet at age 10. He is currently finishing his undergraduate studies at The University of Iowa in Accounting and Trumpet Performance. During his time at the University of Iowa, Joey was selected to be a member of the Disney All-American College Band in Anaheim, California in 2018. This nationally auditioned program selected the top 21 collegiate players from across the country to perform 25 shows a week at Disneyland. Additionally, the band performed with esteemed artists such as Wayne Bergeron, John Clayton, Jiggs Whigham, Sal Lozano, and Gordon Goodwin. In 2017, Joey was selected as a national finalist in the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Jazz Challenge that featured some of the finest up and coming jazz improvisers in the United States. Classically, Joey was a two-time national semi-finalist in the National Trumpet Competition (NTC) solo division and a three-time semi-finalist with trumpet ensembles from the University of Iowa at NTC. Joey is also a frequent performer in Iowa, having played in his own quintet at the Iowa City Jazz Festival and Noce in Des Moines.
Nick Vasquez (Keys)
Nick started playing percussion at a young age. In his teen years, he switched over to playing guitar primarily, and played mostly as a hobby with friends. He decided to take his passion for music seriously after high school and began studying music theory and composition at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Ia. At 20 years of age, it was there he fell in love with playing the piano. Under the direction of Dr. Joan Trapp, Dr. William Campbell, and Towanta Lopez, he honed in his skills on the keyboards very quickly. Since then, he has gone on to perform with many groups around the Quad City area and the Midwest. Most notably in the QC area, The Candymakers, who were semi-finalists in The 2011 International Blues Competition. He now also teaches various instruments and is involved with music education in the community through The River Music Experience.
Brian Zeglis (Drums)
Brian got his first drum set at the age of 6, started taking lessons at 10, and hasn’t stopped drumming since. His continued study of music eventually led him to the University of North Texas where he was fortunate to study with world-renowned educators/performers Ed Soph and Paul Rennick. Brian is Associate Director of Bands at Davenport Central High School. He loves challenging his students and encouraging their love of music through jazz band, concert band, percussion ensembles, and drumline. Zeglis has drummed in The Rod Pierson Big Band, Hunter Fuerste’s American Vintage Orchestra, Manny Lopez Big Band, Funktion, and The Spicy Pickles, among numerous one-off side gigs/tours.