Threepenny Band


Rob Murphrey (percussion) 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.

Bob Russell (banjo, guitar, Hawaiian guitar) 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.

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!