Swing 48

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Swing 48 - Pictured - Myco Ferrel -bass, Bryan Thurber - fiddle, Aaron Howell - guitar, Mike Faast - guitar/vocals.

Swing 48 - Featuring some of the NW's finest musicians, Swing 48 borrows from Western Swing, Gypsy Jazz and Jazz standards as they deliver their own distinct brand of high energy, American String Swing.    The members are Mike Faast - guitar & vocals, Aaron Howell - guitar, Bryan Thurber - fiddle. Contributing musicians are,  Myco Ferrel, bass - Andy Simmons, bass - Roger Ferguson, mandolin/fiddle/guitar. 


Aaron Howell - Guitar 
Aaron, is the proud owner of Penguin Coffee in  Anacortes. When not managing the Penguin, you can find him building and repairing guitars and playing jazz. Aaron attended Cornish Preforming Arts and performed in many Seattle cover bands before moving to Anacortes. He eventually discovered jazz and blues and is currently performing in one of the areas highly respected swing bands called “Fidalgo Swing.”  

Bryan Thurber - Fiddle 
Classically trained as a youngster, Bryan Thurber has been exploring different musical genres since the 70’s. Past bands have specialized in Pop, Samba, Tango, Bluegrass, Swing, Gypsy Jazz and Contra-Dance music. His musical journey includes The Gadjo Gypsies, The Dunton Sisters, Stilly River, High Mountain String Band, Katz and Dogz, Toccata Tango, String Fever, and the Texas Tuneshooters. A retired ferry captain, Bryan and his wife Kathy have lived on Lummi Island for many years. 

Mike Faast - Guitar/Vocals 
Following in the footsteps of other country/jazz singers such as Freddy Powers, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, and Pasty Cline, Western Swing Hall of fame member, Mike Faast is equally at home singing a warm country ballad, a high honkin’ bluegrass tune or crooning a jazz standard. Mike currently serves as bandleader for the Mike Faast Trio, the Archtops ,- the Cascade Mountain Boys (Bluegrass), the Jangles (Western Swing.) Mike has been performing concerts on the West Coast for over forty years, and his bands have performed in hundreds of events in the great Northwest. 

Contributors; Andy Simmons, bass - Myco Ferrel, bass - Roger Ferguson,  fidddle/guitar/mandolin - Phil Nikano - sax/percussion, 

Performing at Poirier's on the River

Performing at a wedding in Anacortes