Member Biographies

Scott “The Music Man” Freeman
Lead Vocals, Guitar

Scott received a B.S. from The Jones School of Business at SUNY Geneseo & completed his Graduate studies at The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvannia. He has been in the Investment Consulting industry for over 30 years and is a Senior Vice-President with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. Scott’s passion for performing started at age 6 and has led him to various musical theater, jazz, and big band ensembles throughout his life. The Scott Freeman Band is now in it’s 11th year and the demand all over the Northeast continues to grow. He has put business management skills to work in creating one of the most successful society/wedding bands that the Northeastern United State has ever seen. That attention to detail, stage presentation, music selection and brand marketing are the defining characteristics that have made SFB such a unique musical enterprise. He has been involved in various aspects of the performing arts his entire life – from being a photographer & graphic designer for industry legends Frank Sinatra, Barry Manilow, Paul Anka & Neil Sedaka, to owning numerous restaurants and night clubs. Scott has also had the opportunity to perform in Jazz Clubs in Binghamton, Chicago, NYC, Miami, Dublin, & Berlin. If that’s not enough, he’s also had a successful career hosting a syndicated talk radio show, weekly TV segment on Fox News and an critically acclaimed speaker on the national convention and trade show circuit. Scott and his wife reside in Binghamton, New York and have 5 children, 1 Grandchild and three lovable dogs. Scott’s positive attitude, zest for life and outgoing personality inspire those around him to take their abilities to the next level. He can often be heard repeating his favorite saying…..the best is yet to come!

Burt “The Guitar Man” Mueller
Lead Guitar, Flute, Vocals

The Scott Freeman Band is pleased to have Bruce “BURT” Mueller as their Music Director and Lead Guitarist. Burt graduated from Potsdam College with a degree in Classical Guitar and completed his MBA at Binghamton University.  Burt is one of the principle arrangers for the band and works closely with each band member to achieve a polished and professional sound. He is recognized by other musicians as one of the most talented guitarists in Upstate New York. Having played guitar for over the last 20 years with numerous bands, but has found a home with The Scott Freeman Band.  When Burt isn’t performing, he can be found sharing his passion for music by teaching orchestra in the Union-Endicott School District.

Igor “The Magnificant” Goodwill
Keyboards

Igor is originally from the USSR (The Russian Federation). His fascination of the piano started at the age of 6 and he was determined to be a “child prodigy”. He was schooled under the watchful eye of the Russian Governement for 16 years. He graduated from the prestegious Kazan State Conservatory with a degree in Music Performance. For the next 15 years, he traveled extensively throughout the Soviet Union and performed over 600 concerts a year! In 1995, he and his wife Natasha emigrated to the United States and lived in Florida for many years. Igor had the opportunity of performing in some of the finest hotels, restaurants, nightclubs that Florida has to offer. In 2010, they decided they had enough of beautiful weather and were looking for weather closer to Siberia, so they ended up in Binghamton, NY. SFB is pleased to have Igor to be a part of the SFB family. In addition to his duites with the full 10 piece band, Igor can also be seen regularly as a solo piano act, or with Scott and Burt or with the rest of the SFB Ensemble.

Ken “The Animal” Ketchum
Drums/Technical Director

Ken hails from the Northern Broome County area where he now is owner/engineer of Ketchum Multimedia, a full service video and sound production company. Having studied drums with Tony Monforte throughout his high school years, Ken plunged headlong into the busy working band scene of the 70’s and quickly became the Drummer/Band Leader of John David’s Other Mood. Later called The Promise, this amazingly diverse and highly accomplished Dance/Party band performed every week for nearly 30 years. Together, Ken’s musicianship, love of technology and years of under-the-gun experience have resulted in his becoming one of the area’s most respected and sought after Sound Engineers. In addition to playing with SFB, Ken and his wife Nancy also own Castle Tower Alpacas, a farm specializing in grey and black huacaya alpacas in Castle Creek, NY.

Rob “Woody” Weinberger
Soprano/Tenor Sax & Clarinet
Rob has been a vital member of many different musical and dance ensembles since he began performing creative music in 1974. An experienced improvisatonal artist, Rob has been called “a soulful saxophonist who plays with passionate intensity.”
In the dance realm, Rob has composed for and collaborated with notable modern dance choreographers Bill T. Jones, Arnie Zane, Lois Welk, Deborah Miller, Jill Becker, and Deborah Gladstein. He drummed West African and Caribbean dance music with Percival Borde and Caren Calder.
Rob performed and recorded for ten years in the NYC Lower East Side music scene with groups as diverse as The Worms, Blues Traveler, and Joan Osborne. In 1990 Rob moved to Puerto Rico where he spent a year performing both American and Latin music with various ensembles. Upon returning to the mainland he joined Sylvain Leroux and the Maintanence Crew, an exciting and influential World Music ensemble whose performances and recordings were well-received by audiences throughout the East Coast. He relocated to upstate New York in 1994 where he was active in all aspects of the regional musical community as a composer, arranger, teacher, and performer.
Beginning in 1995, Rob began performing on ships as a member of the stage band. He has completed 16 contracts with Princess, Cunard, Norwegian Cruise Lines, HAL, and NCLA, including the position of music director for 2 years on the Pride of America in Hawaii. To date, during his travels, he has performed music in and around 6 continents. Rob currently performs with various musical acts in the Upstate New York region. In addition to The Scott Freeman Band, Rob can also be seen performing with The Alpha Brass Band, a New Orleans brass band; Salsa Libre, an 8 piece Salsa orchestra; Sabor Latino, a romantic salsa/Latin jazz quartet and Unitygroup, an original world fusion quartet.
In addition to his experience in World Music, he has recorded 25+ albums with folk, rhythm and blues, and rock ensembles. Robert has taught flute, clarinet, and saxophone as a member of Binghamton, NY’s Community Music Center, and aesthetics and creativity in the public schools as an artist affiliated with Southern Tier Institute for Arts Education.
Nate “Boom Boom” Kaiser
Guitar, Bass, Violin & Viola

Nate is originally from the Buffalo, NY area and then pursued his musical dreams by attending Ithaca College, where he earned his Bachelors Degree in Music Education. He then went on to complete his Masters Degree in Education at Elmira College. For over 10 years, Nate has performed with numerous Jazz groups and string ensembles such as: Tony DeSare,  ANN Jazz Trio and  eNeRJee Jazz Trio. He also is a huge audio-phile and boasts a very impressive collection of  jazz, classical and other genres of music. He is a driving force behind the tight blend of rich vocal harmonies that The Scott Freeman Band is known for. When not picking and grinning one of his many stringed instruments, Nate can be seen hiking, biking, dirt biking or occasionally having the opportunity to cheer for his beloved Buffalo Bills.

Vic “Mr. Chops” Merrill
Trumpet & Vocals

Vic grew up in the Greater Binghamton area & graduated from Greene High School with a John Phillip Sousa scholarship and graduated from Hamilton University with a B.S. in Business Management. He graduated from the US Army Element School of Music and  toured with the 282nd Army Band, Fort Jackson from late 1986- December 1991. He had the unique opportunity to perform for both President Regan and President George H. W. Bush. Also gigged outside the military touring NC, SC and GA, with several groups including: Cross Current, The Don Boyd Orchestra, Gene Dykes Jazz Band, and his personal favorite The O’ Kaysions . Vic also played with The Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus as well as the Shrine Circus. He is currently employed as an outside Sales manager with Sanico and resides with his family in Johnson City.


Robin “Rusty” Alpaugh
Trombone

Robin is a graduate of Broome Community College and Binghamton University with a Master’s Degree in Political Science.  He began playing with the Jazz Exchange at the Music Box in Johnson City as a student at SUNY Broome.  After graduating from Binghamton University, Robin served as the Alumni Director at SUNY Broome’s 50th Anniversary celebration.  Robin is currently a Senior Project Manager at Empire State Development.  As a dedicated alum of SUNY Broome, he continues to perform with the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Exchange. Robin’s other interests include collecting and driving classic cruisers, home renovation and restoration projects, and volunteering at community events.

Jeremy “Jukin” Corcoran
Bari Sax/Music Arranger

Jeremy received a degree in Music Education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and an Master of Music from Ithaca College. He currently teaches at Waverly Central District and conducts the High School and Middle School Jazz Bands. Jeremy has been the saxophonist with many bands over the years including The Sam Pallet Band, The Blue Velvet Big Band, Malentundu, and the Nick Mancini Project. In addition, Jeremy is a very accomplished composer and frequently arranges the horns’ music for the Scott Freeman Band, as well as for other Ensembles all over the U.S and North America. He currently resides in Apalachin, New York with his wife Denise and daughter Lydia.

Tim “The Sax Man” Donlin
Alto Sax

Tim Donlin studied music performance and applied jazz saxophone technique with Al Hamme at Binghamton University.  Tim shifted gears and has been selling Wine & Liquor for the last 23 years and currently is very happy to be with Southern Glazer’s.  Since college, Tim has been fortunate to have played with every professional Jazz band in the area and is currently a member of The Mason Warrington Big Band, the Gene Dempsey Orchestra in Scranton, Pa., Impressions Jazz Duo and is also the owner/operator of Music Unlimited which was founded by his mentor Al Hamme 40 years ago.  Tim enjoys a variety of styles of music and has worked with No Compromise, the Destination, Salsa Libre and was a founding member of the popular group Rooster and the Roadhouse Horns.  Tim is very happy to have found a home with the Scott Freeman Band!

A Half Century Of Music & A Whole Evening Of Entertainment!