JB8 is a smaller version of the JB Big Band that plays both specially arranged charts and charts 'from the head' (arranged and presented on the spot). The musicians include pianist Terry Mosser, TJ Panula on drums, Mike Monahan on bass, Alan Nellis on trumpet, Ron Shroyer on tenor, Matt Myler on trombone, and John Berkemeyer on alto sax.
Alan Nellis has arranged many special musical productions in mid Missouri and is featured with jazz and classical groups alike. Ron is Dean of Music at Central Methodist University, and is a great arranger and player in his own right. Matt is fairly fresh from the cruise-boat musical performance venues, playing frequently in Russia, and anywhere a large boat can travel. TJ, Mike and John hail from the Hermann area and often are seen, and heard, at local venues.
Often performing with the JB8 is Eleanor Edwards. She is an international cabaret vocalist who has performed around the world doing opening acts for Louis Prima, Rip Taylor, Frank Gorshin, Morey Amsterdam, Corbett Monica, David Steinberg, Alan King, Jack Carter, Pat Paulsen, and the list goes on. She hails from Baltimore, Maryland, and now claims the Midwest as her home.
Eleanor is both a singer and an entertainer. She is both a loveable little girl and a slinky petite woman, a small lady with a remarkable big voice. Her light-hearted antics and warm, dramatic vocals radiate a sincere and flexible personality. She works so hard that the crowd is drawn into her enthusiasm; an enthusiasm that seems to extend even after her show is over.