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Celebrated Cincinnati Vocal Jazz Group Adds Brand-New Venues to Popular Christmas Tour

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NO PROMISES Vocal Band. Standing: Mike Robertson, David Baum & Jeff Grooms Seated: Matt Croy & Charlie Harper Floor: Adam Wheeler & Joshua Steele

CINCINNATI, OH – Each year across Ohio, nearly 2,000 a cappella lovers brave the fall temperatures to catch one of NO PROMISES Vocal Band’s popular holiday concerts. This yuletide, the ensemble will harmonize beneath the mistletoe at five new venues across the state, including two freshly-minted theaters.

Kindle your holiday spirits with the joyful harmonies of NO PROMISES Vocal Band, as the group embarks on their beloved annual “Christmas With No Promises” tour. Ohio’s premier vocal jazz ensemble offers a family-friendly concert featuring memorable arrangements of secular and sacred classics by Andy Williams, John Coltrane, Joni Mitchell, Harry Connick, Jr. and many more. The concerts will feature special guest artists Noah Berry, currently on the national tour of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, and
Schyler Vargas, currently performing a critically-acclaimed production of WEST SIDE STORY at opera companies around the country.

“Christmas With No Promises” will be presented four times, including at downtown Cincinnati’s new neighborhood cinema and performance venue, The Garfield Theater, located in the former Cincinnati Shakespeare Company location on Race Street. Performances are:

Thursday, December 6, 7:30pm
St. Thomas More Parish
800 Ohio Pike | Withamsville, OH
No Reservations Required; A Freewill Offering Will Be Accepted

Thursday, December 13, 7:30pm
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
400 Wayne Avenue | Defiance, OH
No Reservations Required; A Freewill Offering Will Be Accepted

Friday, December 14, 7:30pm
The Garfield Theater
719 Race Street | Cincinnati, OH
Tickets $15 Advance, $20 Door | Reservations Required: http://www.thegarfieldtheatre.org

Thursday, December 20, 7:30pm
Community of the Good Shepherd
8815 East Kemper Road | Montgomery, OH
No Reservations Required; A Freewill Offering Will Be Accepted

Admission to the December 6, 13 and 20 concerts is free; a freewill offering will be accepted. Tickets to the Friday, December 14 performance at The Garfield Theater are $15 in advance ($20 at the door) and may be purchased online at www.thegarfieldtheatre.org, or by calling 859.957.3456.

Past performances of this program have been filled to capacity; it is suggested that patrons arrive early to the free performances.

Multiple Musical Merriments
In addition to their own concerts, NO PROMISES will make two featured guest appearances with Cincinnati’s legendary Southern Gateway Chorus, performing on the group’s “Peace On Earth” program at Mercy McAuley High School on Saturday, December 8 at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 9 at 2:00pm. Tickets to the “Peace On Earth” concerts are $15 – $25; tickets and more information at
https://southerngateway.org/2017-Holiday-Show.

The group will perform as part of the official opening of Dayton’s new PNC Arts Annex, a city center venue built and operated by the Victoria Theater Association. The invitation-only function will take place on November 30.

About NO PROMISES
NO PROMISES is a Cincinnati-based professional a cappella ensemble bringing exhilarating vocals and breathtaking harmonizations to popular favorites of jazz, Motown, classical and adult contemporary music. The group is has entertained at festivals, concert series, conventions and concert halls throughout the state. Its members have performed across North America with theatrical tours, graced the stages of Broadway, fronted major symphony orchestras, and backed the likes of Jim Messina, Steve Winwood, Kenny Loggins and POCO. In their day-to-day lives, the men of NO PROMISES are clinical psychologists, theatrical talent buyers, real estate developers and working musicians with a passion for fine a cappella singing.

The members of NO PROMISES are Joshua Steele (resident of Pleasant Ridge), Charlie Harper (Anderson Township), David Baum (Montgomery), Jeff Grooms (Cold Spring, KY), Matt Croy (Findlay, OH), and Nat Comisar (Indian Hill).

Curious about how Broadway actor David Baum joined NO PROMISES and became a clinical psychologist, or the surprising musical background of former Maisonette owner Nat Comisar? Check out our individual bios at http://www.nopromisesvocalband.com/lineup/.

Special Guests
Joining NO PROMISES for the group’s holiday schedule are two intrepid guest artists, Schyler Vargas and Noah Berry. A Colorado native and award-winning vocalist, Vargas spent his summer performing at New York state’s prestigious Glimmerglass Festival, while on break from his graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati’s renowned College-Conservatory of Music. Vargas’ performance in the festival’s WEST SIDE STORY was so well regarded, he earned contracts to perform the show at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and The Atlanta Opera this fall. Berry is a Dayton native and alumnus of Northern Kentucky University, who has spent much of his early career on the road with the national tour BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY. He’s
currently performing as part of the national tour of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT.

NO PROMISES Christmas Album
NO PROMISES will travel this holiday season with their seasonal record, A No Promises Christmas. The 2016 release was mixed by Ed Boyer, who has been responsible for the studio sound of NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” Universal Pictures’ “Pitch Perfect” and groups including Pentatonix and Home Free.

Comprised of all original arrangements, “A No Promises Christmas” includes fresh interpretations of sacred songs like “Silent Night” and “In The Bleak Midwinter” along with popular favorites like Andy Williams’ “Sleigh Ride,” Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas” and selections from Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

CDs are available at performances for $15. Digital downloads are available on iTunes, Spotify and other major digital distributors.

All Wet
NO PROMISES’ sophomore studio effort, All Wet, was released earlier this summer. The 10-track, all-pop album features favorites of pop music from the 60s to radio hits of today. Abounding with NO PROMISES’ trademark harmonies and soaring lead vocals, nostalgic interpretations of tunes like the Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back” and Ambrosia’s “You’re The Biggest Part of Me” with more ambitious
arrangements such as a vocal jazz version of Blondie’s “Call Me” and a mashup of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off with The Four Season’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.”

CDs are available at performances for $15. Digital downloads are available on iTunes, Spotify and other major digital distributors.
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Prominent Businessman Nat Comisar Brings Local Renown, Surprising Musical Credentials to Cincinnati’s Premier Vocal Jazz Group

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Back: Joshua Steele & Adam Wheeler. Front: Charlie Harper, Matt Croy, Jeff Grooms & David Baum. Photo by Leslie Goddard.

CINCINNATI, OH – Somehow amid a career running the revered Maisonette & La Normandie restaurants and serving as Executive Vice President of Sibcy Cline Realtors, Nat Comisar found his way into playing concerts with a-list musicians including Steve Winwood, Kenny Loggins, Jim Messina, POCO, and famed novelty a cappella ensemble, The Bobs. After one listen to a rising vocal jazz group, Comisar eagerly sheds his business mantle again to thrill local audiences with his exquisite bass voice.

Nat Comisar joins NO PROMISES Vocal Band for the “Christmas With NO PROMISES” tour, December 7 – 21 at venues across Cincinnati, Dayton and Covington. Featuring the ensemble’s signature blend of jazz-infused seasonal favorites and everyday classics, including selections by The Manhattan Transfer, John Coltrane, Blondie, Joni Mitchell, Alicia Keys and Harry Connick, Jr., the tour consists of five appearances:

A Very Merry Christmas
Thursday, December 7, 7:00pm
The Carnegie 1028 Scott Boulevard | Covington
$25 – $40; Reservations Required (859.957.1940)

Christmas with NO PROMISES
Friday, December 8, 7:00pm
New Thought Unity Center 1401 McMillan Street | Walnut Hills
Free Admission; Freewill Donations Accepted

Holiday Live at the Uni
Sunday, December 10, 4:00pm
Montgomery Universalist Church 9467 Montgomery Road | Montgomery
$5 Suggestion Donation
Reservations Required (513.891.2424)

Christmas with NO PROMISES
Thursday, December 14, 7:30pm
Saint Andrew United Methodist 250 N. Fairfield Road | Beavercreek
Free Admission; Freewill Donations Accepted

Christmas with NO PROMISES
Thursday, December 21, 7:30pm
Community of the Good Shepherd 8815 E. Kemper Road | Montgomery
Free Admission; Freewill Donations Accepted

NO PROMISES popular annual Christmas offerings have been attended by more than 3,000 patrons since the group’s 2015 debut.

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Nat Comisar.

Renowned Businessman, Guest Vocalist to the Stars
After viewing NO PROMISES’ popular summer video recording of Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You,” Comisar reached out to the group for an audition, and was quickly invited to join the vocal jazz ensemble for their holiday concert tour. But his musical talents, and national-caliber performance resume, would likely surprise many Cincinnatians familiar with the prominent businessman.

Perhaps best known for his ownership and management of the much-missed Maisonette & La Normandie restaurants, Comisar has parlayed his tutelage in the family business into a sterling career in real estate and development. Amid other business interests, he serves as Executive Vice President of Sales for Sibcy Cline Realtors, where his current projects include adaptation of the Norwood Baptist Church and Allison Schools into affordable condominiums.

During his years as a restaurateur, Comisar kept up his musical chops playing guitar and singing whenever possible, including on 700 WLW as guest host for legendary Cincinnati radio personality Gary Burbank.

“My favorite part of that gig was a bit called ‘Stump the Band,’” recalls Comisar. “It was me, Gary, and the Goshorn Brothers Band [formerly of Pure Prairie League]. People would call in with obscure songs for us to sing. If we didn’t know the tune, we would make it up on the spot (which is what we wanted to do anyway) and we would laugh our heads off for an hour once a week.”

Comisar’s performances on the nationally-syndicated program earned him a standing invitation to perform at a Dallas, TX benefit, where over the years he had the opportunity to perform with the likes of Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield), Steve Winwood, Jim Messina, Kenny Loggins and POCO, among many others.

Maisonette also allowed Comisar to rub elbows with the musical elite during their stops in Cincinnati, including Bono, Cyndi Lauper, Tony Bennett, and the world-renowned novelty a cappella ensemble, The Bobs. After inviting the vocal group to dinner, Comisar suddenly found himself co-producing a live concert recording for WCET. The Bobs invite Comisar to perform with them whenever he attends a concert.

Comisar has a special love for a cappella music. At the age of 15, he joined Cincinnati’s Southern Gateway Chorus. During his college years, he led Cayuga’s Waiters: a well-traveled vocal ensemble from Cornell University. He presently sings with the award-winning Roaring 20s Barbershop Quartet.

Guest Tenor Joins NO PROMISES On Break From National Tour
NO PROMISES Christmas engagements will also feature the exception talents of Dayton native and professional actor, Noah Berry.

Berry is a recent graduate of Northern Kentucky University, where he studied Musical Theatre and took voice lessons from NO PROMISES leader Joshua Steele. Among his post-collegiate professional regional and children’s theatre credits, Berry joined the national tour of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story in the role of rock drummer Jerry Allison. Before returning to the tour in January, Berry will lend his soaring tenor to the NO PROMISES concerts on December 14 and 21.

NO PROMISES Christmas Album
NO PROMISES will travel this holiday season with their Christmas record “A No Promises Christmas.” The 2016 release was mixed by Ed Boyer, who has been responsible for the studio sound of NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” Universal Pictures’ “Pitch Perfect” and groups including Pentatonix and Home Free.

Comprised of all original arrangements, “A No Promises Christmas” includes fresh interpretations of sacred songs like “Silent Night” and “In The Bleak Midwinter” along with popular favorites like Andy Williams’ “Sleigh Ride,” Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas” and selections from Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

CDs are available at performances for $15. Digital downloads are available on iTunes, Spotify and other major digital distributors.

About NO PROMISES
NO PROMISES is a professional a cappella ensemble bringing exhilarating vocals and breathtaking harmonizations to popular favorites of jazz, Motown and adult contemporary music. Hailing from across Ohio, the men of NO PROMISES are Broadway veterans, theater managers, hair stylists and dads, with a passion for fine a cappella singing.

The Men of NO PROMISES

  • Joshua Steele (Pleasant Ridge) – Venue manager, voice instructor, performer, dad
  • Charlie Harper (Anderson) – Actor, stagehand, project manager, dad
  • Adam Wheeler (Miamisburg) – Drummer, multi-instrumentalist, digital music producer, dad
  • David Baum (Blue Ash) – Broadway veteran, clinical psychologist, dance instructor dad
  • Jeff Grooms (Cold Spring, KY) – Chorister, hair stylist, dog dad
  • Matt Croy (Findlay) – Performer, producer, property manager, dad

Special Guests:

  • Nat Comisar (Indian Hill) – Singer, realtor, developer, dad
  • Noah Berry (Oakley) – Singer, actor, parkour enthusiast

Full bios available at: http://www.nopromisesvocalband.com/lineup/

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Popular Vocal Jazz Ensemble Going (Nearly!) Viral, Offering Restored Memorial Hall’s First All-A Cappella Concert

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Back row: Joshua Steele & Adam Wheeler. Middle row: Charlie Harper, Matt Croy & Jeff Grooms. Front row: David Baum, Noah Berry & Ken Holdt. Photo by Leslie Goddard.

CINCINNATI, OH – Within a week of its recent release, NO PROMISES’ a cappella rendition of the Alicia Keys classic “If I Ain’t Got You” had been watched more than 28,000 times. The popular local ensemble hopes for one half of one percent of those music lovers to attend and sell out their next show.

NO PROMISES Vocal Band offers the first all-a cappella concert at restored Memorial Hall (1225 Elm Street, Over-the-Rhine) on Wednesday, September 27 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 and are available at MemorialHallOTR.com. Seating is limited, and a capacity crowd is expected.

Performing in the Memorial Hall Green Room, where cabaret-style seating and a full cash bar await patrons, NO PROMISES will offer their signature variety of jazz, Motown and pop selections. Listeners will enjoy unique arrangements of tunes by Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, The Jackson 5, Manhattan Transfer, Huey Lewis, and even Taylor Swift.

About NO PROMISES
NO PROMISES is a professional a cappella ensemble bringing exhilarating vocals and breathtaking harmonizations to popular favorites of jazz, Motown and pop music. Hailing from across Ohio, the men of No Promises are Broadway veterans, theatre producers, touring musicians, hair stylists and dads, with a passion for fine a cappella singing.

With repertoire ranging from classics by Manhattan Transfer and the Gaither Vocal Band to surprising treatments of Alicia Keys and Taylor Swift, No Promises has delighted audiences at concert series throughout the region.

The ensemble’s annual Christmas tours are stocking-stuffed with jazz and pop arrangements of beloved holiday favorites. Ten such tinselly tunes are featured on the group’s 2016 debut album, A NO PROMISES CHRISTMAS, including Vince Guaraldi’s “Skating,” Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas” and the cherished ballad “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” The album was mixed by engineer Ed Boyer, who has been responsible for the studio sound of NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” Universal Pictures’ “Pitch Perfect” and groups including Pentatonix and Home Free. A NO PROMISES CHRISTMAS is available on iTunes and other digital distributors.

NO PROMISES is led by tenor and arranger Joshua Steele, who founded the ensemble in 2015 with high school chum David Baum; the pair sang together in a strolling barbershop quartet at Cincinnati’s Kings Island theme park. Baum went on to a sparkling stage and screen career in New York City, including the Broadway productions of A CHORUS LINE and MARY POPPINS, and has since returned to the area as a practicing clinical psychologist. NO PROMISES debuted with a 2015 Christmas tour, drawing 2,000
patrons to venues across Cincinnati and Dayton. Quickly assembling a docket of performances including concert series, festivals, weddings, school performances and clubs, NO PROMISES has developed an indelible sound, a dynamic repertoire, and a unique repartee that ensures an entertaining and memorable experience.

NO PROMISES is:

  • Joshua Steele (tenor), Cincinnati
  • Charlie Harper (tenor / baritone), Cincinnati
  • Adam Wheeler (tenor), Dayton
  • David Baum (baritone), Cincinnati
  • Jeff Grooms (baritone / bass), Cold Spring, KY
  • Matt Croy, (bass), Findlay, OH

with current special guests:

  • Noah Berry, (tenor) Cincinnati
  • Ken Holdt, (baritone) Cincinnati

Full singer bios available at www.nopromisesvocalband.com/lineup.

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Popular Local A Cappella Group Announces Tour, Pairs with Studio Engineer from “The Sing Off” on New Record

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(Standing) Mike Roberston, Charlie Harper & Jeff Grooms. (Chairs) Matt Croy, Charlie Harper & John Slate. (Floor) Adam Wheeler & Joshua Steele. Photo Credit: Leslie Goddard

CINCINNATI, OH – Last December, more than 1,400 patrons packed into venues in Walnut Hills and Montgomery to enjoy the debut holiday performance of the NO PROMISES Vocal Band. The ensemble reprises its 2015 holiday hit with a five-city tour and a new record.

NO PROMISES returns to Cincinnati with “Christmas With No Promises” at New Thought Unity Center (1401 E. McMillan Street, Walnut Hills) on Friday, December 9 at 7:30pm, and Community of the Good Shepherd (8815 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery) on Sunday, December 11 at 6:00pm. Admission to the one-hour concerts is free; a freewill offering will be accepted. Reservations are not required, but it is recommended that audiences arrive early. Concerts in Dayton and Cincinnati have been filled to capacity.

The “Christmas With No Promises” tour will include six Ohio concerts in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Findlay and Toledo. The ensemble will perform selections from both Christmas and everyday repertoire, coinciding with release of their new record, “A No Promises Christmas.” Audiences can expect spiritual and secular holiday favorites, along with jazz and pop tunes from Manhattan Transfer, Andy Williams and Taylor Swift.

New Record
“Christmas With No Promises” coincides with the release of the ensemble’s debut album “A No Promises Christmas.” The ten-track disc was mixed by Ed Boyer, who has been responsible for the studio sound of NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” Universal Pictures’ “Pitch Perfect” and groups including Pentatonix and Home Free.

Comprised of all original arrangements, “A No Promises Christmas” will include fresh interpretations of sacred songs like “Silent Night” and “In The Bleak Midwinter” with jazz-infused treatments of tunes such as “Sleigh Ride,” Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas” and selections from Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

The album will be available for $15 as a CD. Digital downloads will also be available.

About NO PROMISES
NO PROMISES is a new professional a cappella ensemble bringing exhilarating vocals and breathtaking harmonizations to popular favorites of jazz, Motown and adult contemporary music. Hailing from across Ohio, the eight men of No Promises are jazz pianists, Broadway veterans, theatre producers, hair stylists and dads, with a passion for fine a cappella singing.

“Christmas With No Promises” Tour
Debuting with a Christmas album was no accident. NO PROMISES’ sold-out 2015 holiday concerts in Dayton and Cincinnati drew more than 1,700 patrons, with many regrettably turned away at the door. The group’s six-concert Ohio tour offers more seats and opportunities in new markets:

  • Friday, December 2, 7:30pm
    First Presbyterian Church, Findlay
  • Saturday, December 3, 7:30pm
    Waterville Community Church, Waterville
  • Friday, December 9, 7:30pm
    New Thought Unity Center, Cincinnati
  • Sunday, December 11, 6:00pm
    Community of the Good Shepherd, Montgomery
  • Thursday, December 15, 7:30pm
    St. Andrew United Methodist Church, Beavercreek
  • Saturday, December 17, 7:30pm
    St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Columbus

The Men of NO PROMISES

  • Joshua Steele (Pleasant Ridge) – Voice teacher, producer, performer, dad
  • Charlie Harper (Symmes Township) – Actor, stagehand, project manager, dad
  • Adam Wheeler (Dayton) – Drummer, multi-instrumentalist, digital music producer, dad
  • Mike Robertson (Columbus) – Multi-instrumentalist, school principal, dad
  • David Baum (Blue Ash) – Broadway veteran, dance teacher, clinical psychologist, dad
  • Jeff Grooms (Cold Spring) – Chorister, hair stylist, dog dad
  • Matt Croy (Findlay) – Performer, producer, property manager, dad
  • John Slate (Dayton) – Music director, jazz keyboardist, drone enthusiast

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AN A CAPELLA CHRISTMAS on Dec. 17-18

Cincinnati Native Broadway Veteran, Theatre Producer Premiere Sizzling Vocal Band with Free Concerts

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Standing: Matt Croy (Findlay), Charlie Harper (Anderson), David Baum (Blue Ash) & Joshua Steele (Pleasant Ridge). Kneeling: John Slate (Dayton), Jeff Grooms (Cold Spring). Mike Robertson (Marysville & Adam Wheeler (Dayton).

CINCINNATI, OH – In the late 90s, guests at King’s Island could enjoy the a cappella strains of a cheeky young barbershop quartet on summer break from Sycamore High School, featuring teenagers David Baum and Joshua Steele. A few years later, Baum’s acting training took him to a stage and film career in New York that included multiple Broadway shows, while Steele stayed home to run the theatre at The Carnegie and perform locally. Cheekier than ever, the two have reunited as part of Ohio’s new professional a cappella ensemble NO PROMISES.

Cincinnati audiences can enjoy the concert premiere of NO PROMISES free this holiday season with “An A Cappella Christmas,” Thursday, December 17 at Montgomery’s Community of the Good Shepherd (8815 E. Kemper Road), and Friday, December 18 at New Thought Unity Center in East Walnut Hills (1401 E. McMillan Street). Both concerts are at 7:30. Admission is free, and reservations are not required. Freewill donations will be accepted.

Warm your holiday spirits with soaring vocal arrangements of popular and sacred holiday favorites, alongside hits by the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder and Ambrosia. A family-friendly, one-hour concert introducing the incomparable voices of NO PROMISES. More information and media at www.nopromisesvocalband.com.

Performances Thursday, December 17, 7:30pm | The Community of the Good Shepherd Complimentary Reception Immediately Following 8815 E. Kemper Road | Montgomery Friday, December 18, 7:30pm | New Thought Unity Center $10 Suggested Contribution 1401 E. McMillan Street | East Walnut Hills

About NO PROMISES
NO PROMISES is a new professional a cappella ensemble bringing exhilarating vocals and breathtaking harmonizations to popular favorites of jazz, Motown, classical and adult contemporary music. Hailing from across Ohio, the eight men of No Promises are jazz pianists, Broadway veterans, slumlords, theatre producers, hair stylists and dads, with a passion for fine a cappella singing.

Making NO PROMISES
While Steele and Baum realized their friendship in their teenage years singing “Under The Boardwalk” beside “The Beastie,” NO PROMISES is a culling of outstanding musicians from among men who had mostly never met. A graduate of SCPA and Cincinnati Boychoir Alum, Anderson’s Charlie Harper (no relation to the artist, except in public adoration), spent time touring and in regional theatres before settling down with his family and into a business career. And New Richmond native Jeff Grooms is a lifelong singer who makes time for the May Festival Chorus and local theatrical productions while running his own salon. Grooms cut Steele’s hair before Steele decided recently to go bald; Harper didn’t know anyone in the ensemble prior to an open audition for the group.

Hailing from the Dayton area are professional instrumentalists John Slate and Adam Wheeler. Both boast outstanding voices (Slate the group’s lowest bass, and Wheeler a dynamic lead singer), but have made their careers primarily as a pianist and percussionist, respectively. The two offer a jazz act Friday nights at Carver’s in Centerville, a regular gig maintained amid Slate’s work as a Dayton-area church music director and radio host, and Adam’s performances in pit orchestras of the region’s professional theatres. Wheeler played with Steele in the Steely Dan tribute band, Aja, and later at Steele’s wedding.

Steele’s college years helped populate the rest of the ensemble. Matt Croy of Findlay, OH and Michael Robertson of Marysville, OH sang with Steele until 2008 as part of Columbus-based High Street A Cappella, an offshoot of The Ohio State University Men’s Glee Club. Croy is a property manager who has supplied bass singing for multiple European choral tours, while Robertson is a middle school principal and former choir and theatre director.

Full Biographies

David Baum (Blue Ash, OH) most recently finished a long run on Broadway in Disney’s MARY POPPINS. Originally from Cincinnati, OH, he has been seen in MTV’s The American Mall (Stavros) and in the Original Broadway revival company of A CHORUS LINE as Roy (u/s Mike, Al, Greg, Bobby). Additional New York credits include Encores! productions OF THEE I SING, NO NO NANETTE, and DAMN YANKEES. Other regional credits include The Kennedy Center, MUNY, Music Theatre of Wichita, North Shore Music Theatre and others. David received a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. David also has worked as a choreographer – winning the 2014 League of Cincinnati Theatres award for his work on The Carnegie’s production of CHICAGO.

In addition to his work as an actor, David is currently working on completion of his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Xavier University. With his personal experience as a professional actor and knowledge of psychology, he hopes to help others to master peak performance while achieving success in the difficult performing arts profession.

Matt Croy (Findlay, OH) is a property manager in Findlay, OH where he resides with his wife Heidi and their daughter, Lucy. Matt has previously sung with The Ohio State University Men’s Glee Club, the Statesmen, and was a founding member of the award-winning octet, High Street A Cappella. Matt also sings with Fior Angelico, an early music ensemble in Columbus, OH, and recently sang in residence at the Lincoln Cathedral in the United Kingdom.

Jeff Grooms (Cold Spring, KY) has been a singer since the age of five. His first solo was “Don’t Come Home A Drinkin’” and he hasn’t stopped singing since. Jeff studied voice at Berea College, has a degree in Theatre Arts from NKU and spent 15 years singing with The Cincinnati May Festival Chorus. He is thrilled to have this opportunity to sing a cappella music with such a talented group. Music keeps one young, happy and alive, and that’s good because he is the most senior member of the group.

Charlie Harper (Anderson) Charlie Harper is happy to be singing with No Promises. He is most often heard in musical theater, but he’s performed a wide variety of music, having appeared with the Cincinnati Opera, the Cincinnati Pops, the Cincinnati Choral Society, and the Vocal Arts Ensemble. Charlie has sung in Carnegie Hall, New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Olympiahalle Munich, Salzburg Cathedral, and the Vienna Konzerthaus. He’s glad to be back making quality vocal music after a long hiatus. Charlie sometimes shares the stage with his three children, and lives with them and his wife in the Cincinnati area.

Mike Robertson (Marysville, OH) spent eleven years as a music educator teaching choirs and directing musicals in the Marysville School District. After transitioning to administration, he is loving the chance to sing on the stage as a part of No Promises. He holds a degree in Music Education from The Ohio State University. Mike would like to thank his wife for keeping their kids alive while he schleps to and from Dayton to rehearsal on Tuesdays.

John Slate (Beavercreek, OH) is a lifelong professional musician and director of music at Parkview United Methodist Church in Miamisburg, OH. He obtained a degree in Vocal Performance from Wright State University and studied jazz piano at the University of North Texas. John plays a number of instruments but has a special place in his heart for the Hammond B-3 organ. He is able to share his love of jazz on his weekly radio show, Jazz Perspectives, on WDPS. When he is not in church you can find him playing with his trio of 13 years, the Shawn Stanley Trio, or with his organ trio, the John Slate Trio.

Joshua Steele (Cincinnati, OH) is the fearless and handsome leader of No Promises. A lifelong a cappella singer, Joshua previously led and arranged for Columbus-based ensemble High Street A Cappella. He is a voice instructor at Northern Kentucky University, and a featured vocalist with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and Community of the Good Shepherd in Montgomery, OH. He’s also appeared with the Cincinnati Pops, Cincinnati Opera, and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, as well as many theatre companies. Joshua is president of the League of Cincinnati Theatres, and served as Managing Director of Theatre at The Carnegie for seven years. A fifth-generation Cincinnatian, Joshua holds Masters degrees in arts administration and business management from the University of Cincinnati, and a degree in voice performance from The Ohio State University. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife, Brooke, and daughter, Daphne.

Adam Wheeler (Miamisburg, OH) is a freelance drummer and vocalist from the Dayton area. He has performed internationally as music director for the Las Vegas-based musical comedy show, “Stephen Sorrentino’s Voices In My Head.” Adam also regularly performs with The Shawn Stanley Trio, national recording artist, Eric Jerardi (Eric Jerardi Band), and The Bacchanal Steel Drum Band. He is a founding member of the celebrated Cincinnati-based “Aja: A Tribute to the Music of Steely Dan,” and “Savoy Truffle: Beatles Album Tracks.” Adam performs as a percussionist for many area theater programs including Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, University of Cincinnati CCM, Wright State University, Human Race Theatre, Northern Kentucky University, Cincinnati Landmark Productions (The Covedale), and The Carnegie. He studied orchestral percussion under Professor Jane Varella (Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra), and lives in Miamisburg with his wife, Courtney, and their three children.

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