Meet The Business...
|Hector Gonzalez (Trumpet, Percussion, Vocals, Horn Arrangements), a Chicago native and the leader of The Business, began playing the trumpet by ear at the age of nine. He later studied at the American Conservatory of Music under famous composer Frank Mantooth and arranger Greg Shearer. Hector has since developed into a versatile musician and song writer. Hector was a 1st call trumpet player for studios such as Studio Media, Soto Sound, Streeterville Studios, and Pumpkin Studios. Hector toured extensively throughout the United States and internationally, opening for such artists as Tower of Power, The Association, The Ides of March, Malo, and Tito Nieves. He also played in the backup band for Sly Stone.|
|Wendy Barbieri (Vocals) is an award winning song writer and a classically trained violinist who won several Superior Rating awards at state competitions. When she retired her violin, Wendy turned to her true passion . . . musical theatre. It was then that she was asked to join a popular Midwest social band. During that time, she began occasional sit-ins with The Business until she became a permanent member in 2004. Since joining The Business, Wendy has worked extensively in the studio, continued her song writing, and has performed for celebrities, Presidents, and has built a solid fan base that spans the Atlantic Ocean.|
|Rodney Reed (Trumpet, Flugal Horn, Vocals, Horn Arrangements) grew up in Chicago surrounded by a musical family. By the end of grammar school, he had dabbled in guitar, keyboard, the Mellophone, and the Eb alto horn. This led to the French horn, gaining him accolades in several musical competitions and venues around Chicago and Illinois. In the best interest of the pop scene, Rodney switched to the trumpet, and the rest is history. Rodney has since developed into a versatile musician, songwriter, arranger, and vocalist. Playing pop, R&B, and jazz, he has toured in town, nationally, and internationally and has worked with well known musicians and national acts such as the Platters, Temptations, Pointer Sisters, Miami Brass, Pete Minger, Bruce Oscar, Nick Schneider, Peaches Statton, Tower of Power, Malo, Tito Nieves, Herman’s Hermits, and many others. Besides being an original member of The Business and having grown up with many of his band mates, he has become an integral part of The Business’ musical arrangements, original compositions, and vocal versatility of the band.|
Lou Gonzalez (Trumpet) is a classically trained French horn player. He began playing in his high school orchestra and continued his classical music studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago. While at UIC, Luis added the trumpet to his repertoire and his little brother Hector to his band.
|Wo Romanowski (pronounced Woah) (Saxophone, Congas, Lead Vocals) studied at the American Conservatory of Music and with legendary Chicago sax man, Joe Daley. Although he does not claim to be a Jazz musician, Wo played saxophone in the Malcolm X College Jazz Band where he rubbed shoulders with some of Earth, Wind and Fire’s finest horn players.
However, it is his passion for Latin music that has earned him a unique niche in Chicago’s vibrant Latin scene. Wo has been the Entertainment Director for Rumba Restaurant since its opening in 2002. Learning from and performing with many international and local Latin players has given Wo the knowledge and experience (specifically on the congas) that no university could offer.
|Rich Romanowski (Guitar, Flute), an original member of The Business, is a classically trained flutist who studied music education at UIC and Roosevelt University. Raised on the Beatles and James Brown, Rich’s true claim-to-fame is being a self-taught guitar player who learned the art of soul on the front stoop of his home in Wicker Park.
Rich has toured with several bands throughout his career and has done studio work for RA Studios and UTR Studios.
Besides being the true heart and soul of The Business, Rich has also been the director of his church’s choir for over 20 years.
|Durane Carter (Bass Guitar) is a Chicago native who began playing guitar at the age of 13. By the time he was 18, Durane had switched to the bass and was playing in venues all over the southern Illinois area. He also recorded several sessions for the legendary Leo “Man with the Red Vest” Cheers radio program out of East St. Louis, IL.
Before joining The Business, Durane was the bassist and band leader of High Velocity – a female vocal group which performed throughout the 90’s. During that time, Durane wrote the music to four songs on the High Velocity CD which was released in 2004. He was also a member of the jazz group Tailormade.
|Keith Frazier (Drums) grew up on the west side of Chicago. His love of music began at the age of 15 when he joined his high school Jazz & Marching Band. He developed into a versatile musician playing various styles like R&B, Pop & Jazz. He later moved to Minneapolis where he began playing with a variety of small Jazz groups. Keith has played with artists such as Ray Silkman, JoJo Murray, Willie Davis, Cyrus Hayes and Gospel artist, Ed Montgomery.|