Jeremy Hegg, Music Director for Holiday Jam, is the oldest son of two lifelong music educators, grew up in Dell Rapids, South Dakota, and received his music degree from Augustana College (now University). He is the staff arranger and composer for the Augustana Brass Choir, Sioux Falls Municipal Band, and numerous marching band programs nationwide. As a performer, Jeremy is known for the band Spooncat!. Formed in 1996, this original 9-piece horn band has played JazzFest six times as well as "Saturday In The Park" in Sioux City. He has performed around the country and throughout Europe with artists ranging from Smokey Robinson to Chuck Berry. Before Holiday Jam he was a featured guest pianist and arranger with A South Dakota Acoustic Christmas. Jeremy was the 2003 recipient of the Mayor's Award for the Performing Arts in Sioux Falls, SD.
Jonathon Hegg is the youngest of three musical sons whose parents were lifelong music educators. He graduated from Augustana College (now University) with a degree in musical performance. His joint efforts with his brother Jeremy began with Spooncat! and has moved into duets with him as well as numerous larger configurations. He has had the extreme pleasure to play what he refers to as second keyboard and background vocalist as well as being the mixing engineer of the albums made by Spooncat!, Holiday Jam, and anything Hegg Brothers related. He performs music for a living, which began with his first of three years with A South Dakota Acoustic Christmas. Occasionally he arranges for various ensembles and teaches.
Derek Hengeveld grew up on a farm near Valley Springs, SD. This remote location proved to be an ideal practice spot for an aspiring percussionist. During high school, he became the first four-year South Dakota All-State Band member at Brandon-Valley. After graduation, he attended South Dakota State University (SDSU) earning a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a M.S. in Engineering. Afterwards, Derek worked for several years at SDSU in the Mechanical Engineering Department as both a researcher and instructor. During this time, he also helped develop BTU Engineering, a successful energy-engineering consulting company based out of Brookings, SD. Recently, Derek has successfully attained a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. He is a member of Spooncat! and The Radio Specialists and was recently inducted into the Brandon Valley High School Fine Arts Hall of Fame. Derek continues to provide energy consulting services at BTU Engineering. In addition, he provides thermal engineering for next-generation satellites. Derek resides and works in Albuquerque, NM.
Allison Nash returns for the fourth straight year and Holiday Jam is pleased to welcome back her energy and talent. Most music enthusiasts in the region have quickly heard of and flocked to her performances. Over the past few years she has been a lead vocalist on various cruise ships. She currently resides in Omaha, NE.
Andrew Reinartz is an area bass player and is a producer for the film production firm Passenger Productions, based in Sioux Falls, SD. Former Executive Director and current board member of the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival, he has been a member of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra bass section since 2001, and is a past member of their Board of Directors. Additionally, Reinartz is heavily involved in the local Jazz community, playing bass with a variety of ensembles including the Dakota Jazz Collective, JAS Quintet, Main Avenue Warehouse, the Icarus Factor trio, and Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers. As a member of the Jazz Diversity Project, he appears in performances and presentations on the musical, social, and historical aspects of Jazz in schools throughout South Dakota, through the auspices of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society.
Joel is an active saxophone player and educator based in Sioux Falls, SD. After completing high school he attended the McNally Smith Conservatory of music in the Twin Cities and studied with Pete Whitman. There he earned an Applied Associates degree in music performance, as well as an Artists Diploma. He spent some time after that performing and studying in Kansas City. Joel later attended the University Of South Dakota where he received his bachelors degree in education, and studied with Dr. CJ Kocher. Mr. Shotwell spent 5 years teaching high school band in Beresford South Dakota, and two years teaching at Harrisburg North Middle School. Now he spends his time playing music as well as teaching privately from his home. Joel has had the pleasure of performing  with Wayne Newton, Les Browns Band of Renown, Tim Ries of the Rolling Stones, The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and many others. He also performs regularly with The Dakota Jazz Collective, Main Avenue Warehouse, The Jazz Diversity Project, The Icarus Factor, The JAS Quintet and many other groups in the area.
Xopher Smith is a native of Dell Rapids, South Dakota. Classically trained in choral singing and French horn, he took up the guitar while attending Moorhead State University, and subsequently quit school. Since then he has spent the better part of two decades playing in rock bands with silly animal names (Spooncat!, Prozac Rat, Wombat Negligence, etc.). He is a frequent sideman for the Hegg Bros., and a regular member of their annual Holiday Jam tour. Minneapolis is his current home, and there he dabbles at writing tunes and producing records with his friends, into the wee hours.
Jim Speirs, an experienced arts administrator and a working musician, leads South Dakota’s new advocacy organization, Arts South Dakota, as executive director. Speirs was touring and operations coordinator for the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and membership coordinator for the Washington Pavilion, worked as the programs and events director for the South Dakota State University Alumni Association, as well as an executive for a Sioux Falls based boutique advertising firm, Fresh Produce. He is a founding member of the JAS Quintet, a regional touring jazz ensemble that recently recorded an original jazz album; a founding member of the educational touring program for Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society, the Jazz Diversity Project; a member of the Hegg Brothers Holiday Jam production and a popular and well-known trumpet player in a number of South Dakota musical ensembles. Jim grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota and now resides in Sioux Falls.
Saxophonist Matt Wallace traveled to 70 countries, made 10 records and appeared on television and radio programs from 1987-2002 with Jazz Hall of Fame trumpeter Maynard Ferguson. A graduate from Westside High School in Omaha, Wallace was a 16-year-old Deacon at Countryside Church, published by 19, and on the Board of Regents at 21 as the Student Body President of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he graduated with a degree in Political Science. 2015 marks his 40th year in the music business as he did his first professional gig at the age of 13 with The Resurrected Swing. Mr. Wallace has performed with Delbert McClinton, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, 10,000 Maniacs, Greg Allman, Paul Shaffer, Joe Piscopo, Los 5 and for The King of Thailand, His Majesty, Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Jesse Yost is a dashing and dancing vocalist originally from Beresford, South Dakota. He credits sharing a Beresford-backyard with the Hegg family and his musical brothers for his early love of music. Being a part of several area bands, you may have seen him playing music ranging from original bawdy Christmas compositions to disco covers. An avowed Christmas enthusiast, he enjoys cookies, sleigh rides, A Christmas Story and stockings hanging by the fire. His favorite color is Christmas. Most days find Jesse wrangling computer networks for a local law firm.
Christian Zamora was born in San Jose, Costa Rica. Christian began studying the violin at the early age of nine. By the age of 18, Christian moved to Madison, Wisconsin in order to study with renouned violinist and pedagogue Vartan Manoogian. Since, Christian has pursued a professional career and made numerous appearances throughout the country as a soloist, and as a chamber and orchestral musician.  In addition to his performances, he has held the title of concertmaster for the Bismarck/Mandan Symphony, the Kansas City Puccini Festival Orchestra, the Kansas City Civic Opera, and the Mississippi Valley Orchestra. He was also a founding member of the Yurodivy String Quartet and served as a faculty member for the Kansas City String Quartet Seminar.
Allison Mickelson, a native of Pierre, SD lives in New York City where she performs and teaches.  Currently, she plays Emily Hobbs (Buddy's step-mom) on the National Tour of "Elf The Musical."  Favorite roles include Mame in "Mame," Mother in "Ragtime," Roxie Hart in "Chicago" and Female Authority Figure in "Hairspray."  Allison recently debuted her solo cabaret, "Uncharted" at the Metropolitan Room in NYC.  She also works with Education Through Music, a nonprofit that places music teachers in underserved schools throughout New York and is an activist for social justice and proud member of Middle Collegiate Church.  Some of her favorite holiday memories include candles on the Mickelson Christmas tree, South Dakota State Capitol decorations, family meals and rituals, and making music with the incredible musicians of Holiday Jam!
Hank Harris made his musical impression on the region as a founding member of The Red Willow Band. Currently Hank plays in three different musical configurations about 150 nights a year. Anything from weddings and bars to opening up for Merle Haggard, Alice Cooper or The Temptations. Along with Bay Area producer Jimmy Goings and a small army of musicians, Hank has recorded four solo CDs (the newest of which has just been finished) and produced another (Christy Lee Anderson's "Awakening"), scored and recorded two documentaries for South Dakota Public Television, all while continuing to write music at an dizzying pace. The Black Hills of South Dakota is home and a constant source of his inspiration. Hank was a member of the inaugural Holiday Jam tour in 2009.

Noah Hoehn is a fierce performer. His impassioned harmonica performances and sincere dedication to his craft gained him national acclaim as a three-time winner of the prestigious McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians. Noah's energetic and distinctive playing has been heard in concert halls, festivals and on national radio programs. In 2007, Hoehn played harmonica in the Minnesota Opera’s world premier production of “The Grapes of Wrath” at the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul, MN. Noah recently launched a solo show that combines harmonica, marimba, percussion and his singing with the technologies of live looping, MIDI programming and automated mixing. Saucy harmonica and cool marimba are looped and layered upon a foundation of acoustic grooves freeing him to sing and play at the same time. He has performed at local festivals and auditoriums and was recently featured on the PBS arts program "Minnesota Original".
Hailing from the Great Plains of eastern South Dakota, Jami Lynn began performing folk and bluegrass music at the age of thirteen. It took little coaxing from her grandfather to make the transition from the audience to the stage, where old-time country, polka, and regional folk music reigned supreme. At the age of sixteen, Jami began accompanying herself on guitar and writing her own music. After high school, Jami Lynn attended the University of South Dakota majoring in Vocal Performance. Though it was clear that opera was not in her cards, Jami stuck with music, spending a semester at Tennessee State University in Nashville to study Commercial Music and immerse herself in singer/songwriter scene. While the experience honed her performance and songwriting skills, it also heightened Jami’s awareness of her deep connection to the landscape and culture of the Upper Midwest.
Charles Sanders is an accomplished performer on numerous instruments. He performed for a few years throughout the country with the famous South Dakota blues act Indigenous. Recently he has been musical director for highly acclaimed and Nashville-based acts on cruise ships.
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