Chicago Band


Rob Murphrey (drums) returns to his hometown of Wilmington after nearly 20 years performing shows such as Miss Saigon on Broadway and with U.S. and International touring productions including Sweet Charity starring Molly Ringwald, The Full Monty and Grease in Europe, Lebanon, and Istanbul, Turkey.

Lorene Walsh (Strings/Keys 2) has a Bachelor of Music degree with a double major in  Piano Performance and Pedagogy from East Carolina University, and has been active in musical theatre in Wilmington since 1995.  She has been Music Director for Opera House Theatre Company for the last 8 years, for such shows as “Secret Garden”, “Cabaret” , “A Little Night Music“, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” and “Smokey Joe’s Café.”  She can be seen playing keyboards for other theatre companies on occasion.   She is the pianist for Wrightsville Beach Baptist Church, and is Membership Secretary for First Presbyterian Church.  She and her husband, Joe, live at Wrightsville Beach and have two “babies”, Springer Spaniels named “Truffles” and “Bentley.” 

Ryan Woodall (bass) has called Wilmington home since 1994. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a BA in Music and has worked as a professional bassist throughout eastern North and South Carolina for more than 15 years. During this time he has played with notable acts such as Debbie Reynolds and Al Martino. He also has performed with Swingtime, was part of The Rat Pack show in Myrtle Beach, SC, as well as working with many touring companies at the Palace Theatre. Ryan can also be heard playing bass on Home Game, a live CD from Mike Waddell and Bob Russell. Currently Ryan is a member of the jazz collective, FROG Project, along with Kevin Kolb, Teddy Burg and Troy Pierce. While Ryan’s main musical focus is Jazz, he is frequently found performing many different styles of music, in many different venues.

Chiaki Ito (piano) plays piano and enjoys time with her dog, Elvis. For more information please visit  Oh, and 26.2 = completed 11/7/10 in NYC!

Bob Russell (banjo, mandolin, ukulele) not only excels as a jazz player but as a composer, teacher and multi-instrumentalist. He is adept in guitar settings from acoustic to electric and musical styles from rock and popular to jazz. Bob was a mainstay on the Atlanta scene before returning to his native Wilmington and joining the faculty at UNCW in 1995. He has worked with the Paul Winter Consort, Henry Mancini, George Crumb, the Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Pops Orchestra, Atlanta Braves Baseball, and numerous others. His CD releases include Watch This!, If You Never, and most recently, Bob Russell’s Ego Trip and Home Game (with Mike Waddell), both 2010 releases.