Learn more about John Sievers of the D’Sievers.
1. Music background
John Sievers began playing trombone in his school band in fifth grade. He never took a private lesson until college, and has since performed in orchestras, jazz combos, and rock bands. He currently plays with his group, the D’Sievers. He also teaches trombone, teaches English at Rochester Community and Technical College, and is a freelance writer.
2. What’s in a name?
Pronounced “deceivers,” the band name is a play on words. Rooted in the mythological sirens who would lure sailors off course with their beautiful singing, John says the name “is a metaphor for just how much power music has over us.”
3. Siren song
“Music makes widely different worlds collide in an awesome way. If I wasn’t doing it, a part of me would die.”
4. Why the trombone?
“The trombone has a nice range, akin to the human voice and similar to the cello. I believe that every band should have one.”
5. More trombone, please
“I have four colors of trombone: red, blue plastic, brass, and silver.”
6. Rochester music scene
“I love being able to play with different groups in town. It’s a welcoming community here with friendly musicians and club owners.”
7. I get knocked down, but I get up again…
“During a recent performance, one person from a very appreciative and very inebriated table got up and did some dancing. This person knocked down my music stand but didn’t knock down my drink.”
8. Musical style
Besides John, the D’Sievers includes Eric Straubmuller on piano, Steve Sawyer on bass, and Kurt Savela on drums. Other musicians, such as Jon Davis on keyboard and Mike King on guitar, will join the group as well. They play jazz, fusion, Latin, and original music.
9. Getting d’inked
John often gives out temporary tattoos, buttons, and stickers with the D’Sievers logo on them at his performances. The logo depicts a mermaid playing a trombone.
10. Where to find John
The D’Sievers will be performing at the Canadian Honker on Saturday, Jan. 30; at Forager on Feb. 10; and at the Half Barrel on Feb. 17. Look for the D’Sievers on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/thedsievers.
Kim Zabel is a Plainview freelance writer and photographer. Ten measures is a weekly column spotlighting a local musician. Send nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org