Joe Sizemore formed his first R&B band
at age 14 and performed for the next six years in Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, and South Carolina.
He also performed with the Roanoke Symphony and the All US Orchestra's European Tour before graduating high school.
North Texas State University, Old Dominion University, and the US Army provided further musical training for Joe offering
many opportunities for performance and recording. His trumpet has carried him to nine European countries, Canada,
Mexico, Japan, Korea, three cruise lines in the Caribbean, Jamaica, and both coasts of the United States. He has performed
with Percy Sledge, The Craig Woolard Band, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Sam and Dave, to name a few.
Mr. Sizemore enjoys performing with his North Carolina friends
in The Craig Woolard Band, The Coastline Band, The Fantastic Shakers, The Breeze, The Embers, Scearce and Ketner. "These are
the pros in our area, and I learn everytime i sit in", says Joe. He has jammed at six Jamzica Jazz Festivals, with
jazz greats Sonny Bradshaw, Barbara Walker, Clifford Murphy, Byard Lancaster, to name just a few. He has
performed in major venues world wide, such as Town Hall in New York, The Alabama Theater and numerous clubs in Myrtle
Beach, the Chef's Clef, Club Trio, Mills House in Charleston, Almond Tree Park in Ocho Rios, Coral Cliffs in Montego
Bay, and on three major cruise lines. " In addition to trumpet and flugelhorn, Joe is always expanding his vocal repertoire.
"Julie is my vocal coach and inspiration. I sang some back up, but except for "Wooly Bully" (my brother's favorite)
I left the vocal leads to others. Now I am called on to sing everything from Otis Redding to Van Morrison , from Jimmy Buffet
to James Taylor".
- Ben Taylor,
alto/soprano sax is leader and founder of J-13, an urban jazz combo and a returning Jazz Festival performer with Overboard.
A graduate of Elizabeth City State University and Lincoln University Graduate School, Ben is a North Carolina Music Educator
- Garth Haas,
tenor sax and vocals has been performing saxophone since 10 years of age, playing jazz, blues, rock, beach, and eclectic indy.
He performs in the Emerald City jazz Orchestra and has hosted the Mansion 462 Jazz and Blues Collaborative for 2 years. He
is currently lead horn for Fatback and the Cadillacs. Garth's talents are not only in performing saxophone but also in singing
a wide variety of songs as well, and always wows the audience with his big sound and contagious energy. Garth is also an Educational
Representative for Music and Arts.
- Joe Van Norman started playing drums in the mid-60's while living in California and played with several groups such as,
Pegasus, Stardancer, Nicky Harris Band, and High Roller Band. In 2001, he was drummer for Cammy Award winners, Delta Riders.
And has credits with Glass Moon, Classics IV, Clarence Carter, and the Showmen. He is leader of Fat Back and the Cadillacs
- Julie Sizemore. A graduate the University of North Carolina , Julie Sizemore says, "There is only one real Carolina,
and it's in Chapel Hill", Julie majored in percussion and was the first percussion winner of the UNC Concerto Competition.
Classical piano training during her formative years and the broad musical exposure provided by her parents allows her to span
many musical genres. "Meeting Myrna Hague and performing in Jamaica may well be the biggest thrill of my vocal career," says
Julie. "She (Myrna) would be a wonderful role model for any singer." Since joining and headlining for Overboard, Julie has
performed in North Carolina, Ocho Rios, Motego Bay, and Kingstown, Jamaica. She has made cameo appearances in Deltaville,
Virginia and aboard Royal Carribean's Monarch of the Sea.
- Reginald Caldwell is a native of Charlotte, NC and started playing guitar at the age of 7. He has played with various bands
and has had the opportunity to share the stage with several pioneers in the jazz industry such as Kenny Burrell, Dizzy Gillespie,
Jimmy Heath, and Keith Copeland. Mr. Caldwell’s passion for the “ultimate musical experience” during each
music session has earned him a reputation for maintaining control of his individual musical expression and for staying in
the pocket has resulted in his demand as a much sought after session man.
- Alan Stoumen began his jazz education at age 13 with master jazz teacher Alan Swain and continued his jazz studies
at the University of Denver and the University of Colorado in Boulder. In 1989, Alan released his first CD of original music,
“Necessary Changes” and a year later he received Certificate of Achievement Awards from Billboard Magazine for
his original compositions “Broadway Shuffle” and “Ocean Child”. In 1991, Alan recorded his second
album of original music, “Nature Street”, and appeared live with his band at such festival venues as Hyatt DTC
Jazzfest, The Top of the Week Concert Series at the Denver Art Museum, The Breckenridge Jazz Festival and the Beaver Creek
Arts Festival. Today Alan resides in Chapel Hill, NC, with his wife Chris and their two children, Emma and Max. He continues
to perform locally and is making plans to open his own jazz club.