Current Nine is a powerhouse cover band based in West Texas. From Stevie Wonder to Bruno Mars, George Strait to Taylor Swift, Current Nine has you covered!
Members include professional musicians from across the Permian Basin. A standard rock rhythm section of drums, bass, keys, and guitar are complimented by a burning horn section of trumpet, trombone, and saxophone. Two powerful lead vocalists top it all off to create an energetic sound that people can't help but love!
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Emily Baker - Lead Vocals
Emily grew up in Azle, TX and received her B.M. in Music Education from the University of Texas at Arlington. Emily taught general music and choir full time for five years before resigning to become a stay-at-home mom in 2009. Her vocal claims to fame include performing with the Grammy award-winning gospel group “God’s Property,” and beating pop superstar Kelly Clarkson in All-State Choir auditions while they were in high school.
While working as a singing waitress during college, Emily convinced Eric to work alongside her as a singing waiter. The couple realized how much they loved performing together and have been singing together ever since. In early 2014, in response to a challenge from a friend, Emily and Eric recorded a video of themselves singing “Love is an Open Door” from Disney’s Frozen. To date, that video has received over 1.6 million views on YouTube. This video has convinced Emily’s three girls Piper, Keller, and Harper that she is in fact “cool” and she plans on enjoying the perks until they figure out otherwise. Emily teaches music at Midland Classical Academy, directs the MOSC’s Voices of the Permian Basin youth choir, and performs regularly with Current Nine, a local, highly sought-after rock cover band.
Eric Baker - Trumpet/Vocals
Eric Baker grew up in Ft. Worth, TX, and began playing the trumpet at age 11. He received his B.M. in Music Education from the University of Texas at Arlington, and earned his Master’s Degree in Trumpet Performance from Arizona State University where he studied with internationally renowned trumpet soloist, David Hickman. Mr. Baker was a member of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps for three years (2000, 2002, 2003).
Mr. Baker moved to Odessa, TX in July 2006 to begin his tenure as Co-Principal trumpet with the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale. He has also performed with the Big Spring Symphony, and the San Angelo Symphony, the Legend Brass Quintet, the West Texas Trumpet Workshop, and the Salt River Brass Band. He also performs regularly with the Lone Star Brass Quintet, Current Nine, The Pinstripes Jazz Quartet, and The Sipriano Swing Band. He performed with the touring production of the hit Broadway musical "Chicago," and has performed on stage with The Temptations and The Four Tops. He free-lances all over West Texas, and is a highly sought-after marching band clinician and private teacher.
In 2007 Mr. Baker was invited to be a featured soloist at the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle, WA, and in 2010, he was a semi-finalist for the National Young Artists Competition. In 2011 he performed as a trumpet soloist with the Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale, and in 2016 he was invited back to perform with the MOSC as a vocal soloist. Mr. Baker appears as a trumpet artist on the albums "What Sweeter Music" and "Rocket Science," and appears on the album "Caleb Young" as a vocalist.
He was appointed to the position of Director of Bands at Odessa College in 2009 where he conducts the Concert, Jazz, and Athletic bands, teaches the trumpet studio, conducts the opera productions, and serves as Chair of Visual and Performing Arts Department. He also serves on the board of directors for the Odessa Council for the Arts and Humanities, and the West Texas Jazz Society. His wife, Emily is the director of the MOSC Voices of the Permian Basin. They have three daughters, Piper, Keller, and Harper.
Dan Ferguson - Keyboard
Dan has been playing piano since age 6 when a teacher discovered that he could pick out popular tunes by ear. By age 12 he had mowed enough lawns to purchase a Wurlitzer electric piano and an amplifier. (It took a while at $2.50 each.) At that point he began to play for school dances and various other functions. Dan steadily toured the US and Canada from 1976 -1987 with various rock, blues, and country artists. This experience proved to be invaluable as he became well versed in different styles. Although he often works with electronic keyboards, his passion in life (outside of his family and friends) is Jazz piano. He has played and/or recorded with legendary soul artists Otis Clay, Johnny Rawls, James Armstrong, Barbra Carr, Kay Kay and the Rays, Texas folk singer Shake Russell, as well as The Diamonds, The Shirelles, and the Hollywood Argyles. Dan has worked extensively with Grammy Award winning producer Jim Gaines. Dan believes it is important to keep learning, improving, and moving forward in music and in life.
Jordan Holmes - Saxophone
Jordan Holmes is a native of Pampa, Texas. He earned his bachelor's degree in Music Education from West Texas A&M University. While at WTAMU, Jordan was the lead alto saxophonist in the jazz band for 4 years. Jordan started his teaching career in Pampa as the high school assistant band director and jazz band director. After 3 years in Pampa, Jordan moved to Midland, Texas to be the head band director at Abell junior high. After 9 years at Abell, Jordan has moved schools and is currently the band director at Trinity School of Midland. Jordan has played saxophone with many groups through the years including the Amarillo Jazz Orchestra, Permian Basin Big Band, and the Temptations. He has been a private saxophone instructor for 18 years. Jordan and his wife Tara, have 2 sons Evan and Grant along with their 3 cavalier spaniels: Teddy, Tucker, and Summer.
Nathanael Holmes - Trombone
Nathanael Holmes was born and raised in Pampa, Texas. He attended West Texas A&M University where he earned his Bachelors in Music Education and Masters in Trombone Performance. He has been teaching in Seminole, Texas since 2011.
Tyler Lillestol - Lead Vocals
Tyler is originally from Riverside, CA and moved to West Texas in the fall of 2014. He has been singing since he could form words, and that is all thanks to his talented sister Nikki Windham! He has the most beautiful wife, Sara, and a little lady who stole his heart when she was born, Audrey Jae. He started singing with this group of amazing musicians in the fall of 2016, and has loved every minute of this journey. His musical background is mainly doing covers and musicals in the theatre. In 2010 he was blessed to be a part of the TV show, "The Voice." Tyler did the "cattle call" in gym shorts and an Orange Crush shirt, he then did another 4 auditions for producers, and was selected to sing in front of the judges. Unfortunately, it didn't work out but he wouldn't be where he is today if it had, and for that he is thankful!
"I can guarantee that Current Nine will blow you away, our musicians and our sound are unreal." - Tyler Lillestol
Mark Lowe - Bass
Mark Lowe studied piano as a kid and tuba through high school and found his niche on bass. He began playing the clubs and dance halls of West Texas at age 18. Having the opportunity to be mentored by some talented and generous musicians, he continued to work on his craft. Over the years he has been honored to play with a wide range of artists including Larry Gatlin, Tommy Allsup (Buddy Holly and the Crickets) Bluesman Long John Hunter, Jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, The Shirelles, Fort Worth Ballet, Fiddlin’ Frenchie Burke, Midland-Odessa Symphony, the Skyliners, Texas Playboys, producer Lloyd Maines and many others. In his day job, he helps manage OSI, a petroleum industry manufacturing company. Mark and his wife Wendy live in Odessa.