Meet The Band

Frank Schmitt

Frank Schmitt started his professional career at the age of 14 when he performed his first gig at Ft. Mitchell Country Club with a band called Odyssey comprised of local band directors. Today, 50 years later, Frank performs with over 30 different bands throughout the Midwest including the Blue Wisp Big Band, PyschoAcoustic Orchestra, Swingtime Big Band & the Monday Night Big Band. When entertainers such as Don Rickles and Frank Sinatra, Jr. come into town, Frank usually gets the call to do the gig. Frank joined the original London Street Band from 1982 to 1988 before taking a break from the performance scene for 16 years. During that time frame, he was the arranger/keyboardist for the group. In 2004, he decided to get back into the gigging scene and the rest is history. Since his return, Frank has performed thousands of Big Band and Jazz gigs but he has always wanted to get back into doing the music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. In July of 2015, he carefully chose his musicians to put London Street back together again and looks forward to bringing joy and excitement to London Street’s audiences for years to come! Frank is the leader, arranger & booking agent for the band as well as the primary keyboardist who also covers bass!

James Davis

James, originally from Rushville, Indiana, grew up listening to a wide range of music from Duke Ellington to 2Pac and everything in between. He started playing trumpet and singing in the 4th grade and played formally up through high school until he was confronted with the realization that he could not do it all and he had to choose between his sports career and his musical career. He chose his sports career and earned a football scholarship to Indiana University (The winning years!!). He graduated in 1993 and started his corporate life in Louisville, KY and found his way back in to music through church by singing in various church choirs. When he and his family transferred to the Cincinnati area for his corporate life, he was able to connect with some great musicians at First Church of Christ in Burlington, KY. This allowed James and Frank to connect and get to know each other.

He has always dreamed of being a part of a band and he is excited to continue his musical career as a part of London Street.

Jeanne Phillips  is a native of Cincinnati, OH. She began performing professionally in her teens. With a degree from Miami of Oxford in Vocal Ed & piano performance, Jeanne taught at Lakota Local Schools in West Chester, OH for years. She teaches students privately now & performs with many local bands. She also does solo engagements. Jeanne has a private teaching studio in the Herzog/King Records Museum on Race Street downtown Cincinnati. She’s also sung with the world renowned May Festival Chorus of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops orchestras for 25 years. In the last five years, Jeanne has decided to focus her vocals towards jazz standards with her jazz duo/trio and local big bands however, in July of 2023, she was discovered by the leader of London Street and was offered the position of lead female vocalist in the band. Although this was a new style for Jeanne, she engaged the opportunity with passion and is ROCKIN’ IT!  Her talents, as well as showmanship, compliment James Davis and together, they bring tons of excitement and energy into London Street!

Gary Kennedy

Gary starting playing drums at age 5. At age 8 he played Music Hall as a solo performer in a tribute to Harry Carlson along with Henny Youngman, Tom T. Hall, Bonnie Lou and many others. He started playing in bands professionally at age 9 with “The Burgundy’s” led by his brother Tim,  playing the Beverly Hills Supper Club, Lookout House and other area clubs in Northern Ky. and Cincinnati. He has also played with Dee Felice and Popeye Maupin, both local well known Jazz drummers in the 70’s. Gary grew up listening to Buddy Rich, Louis Bellson, Max Roach and others. He graduated from Northern Ky. University in 1994 with a Master’s  in Music Education. He taught for many years at various High Schools in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana with the last 10 years of his teaching career at Highlands High School in Ft. Thomas Kentucky. Gary has played with many bands throughout the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s including Clockwork and Exit. He currently fills in with the Swinging Shepherd Big Band and full time with London Street.

Gary lives in Wilder KY with his wife of 25 years, Jan. He is the proud step dad of Matt and Laura and enjoys his eight beautiful grandchildren.

Larry Daniel

Larry Daniel has been playing trumpet professionally since 1974.  He was on a full scholarship for his Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in Trumpet Performance from 1976-1982.  His teachers were Eugene Blee and Frank Brown.  Since then he has performed with most every orchestra and big band in the greater Cincinnati area.  He has also performed in the pit orchestra with many of the shows that have come to Cincinnati as well as back up to Tom Jones, John Denver, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Tony Bennett, Barry Manilow, Bette Midler, and many others.  He also had a couple summer tours with Maynard Ferguson back in the 70’s. He remains an active studio musician in Cincinnati and Indianapolis.  He also enjoys teaching privately and doing clinics at area schools. Larry is excited to be performing with London Street and all of these fine musicians!  Being in the Horn Section with Ron and Dave; two musicians he used to enjoy listening to when he was just a kid is an added bonus!

 Dan Stenger

In the summer of 1969, Dan started taking piano lessons and started playing trombone as a 6th grade student at Kenton Elementary School in Independence, Kentucky. He continued to play trombone in middle and high school. Upon graduation, he attended NKU majoring in music education and attaining a BMED. He also holds a Master of Arts degree and a Rank I in Administration. He and fellow London Street members, Frank Schmitt and Gary Kennedy started and played in a cover band, Clockwork. Upon graduation, Dan taught band and chorus as Purcell Marian High School and in 1985 took over as the band director at Walton-Verona Jr. Sr. High School. In 1997, he became the Director of Technology for the Walton-Verona Schools and worked that capacity until his retirement in 2016.

Dan is currently a freelance musician and instructor. Dan performs with the renowned Cincinnati Wind Band and The River’s Edge Brass Band. He is a performing member of the Bones of Cincinnatus, a society the promotes trombone music and performs around the Greater Cincinnati area. Dan is currently a member of the Swing Time and Retired Educators Big Band. He has also performed with the Monday Night, Jumping Jive, Maple Knoll, Swinging Shepherds and other big bands.

Dan is an Adjunct Instructor at Mount Saint Joseph University teaching applied trombone. He also teaches trombone group instruction at Camp Ernst Middle School and works with low brass at area high and middle schools.

Dan subbed with London Street many times and joined the band as a regular member in October of 2022!