Meet The TROPICS
                                       
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Greg Boehme (Bayme) grew up in Port Orchard, Washington and taught Jazz Band, Advanced Placement Music, Recording Arts and Guitar/Piano Lab for 20 years at Shorecrest High School. More recently he has introduced thousands of Shoreline students to the joys of Band and Orchestra. In his misspent youth Greg toured the U.S. in various groups and earned his Bachelors and Masters at Western Washington University and the University of Washington. Early in his teaching career he was judged one of “Seattle’s Ten Best Artists” for his local radio hit “Love Be Kind”. Greg, a past Commodore of the Puget Sound Cruising Club, has logged 20,000 “blue-water” miles at sea and has mesmerized the NW sailing community with films and tales of adventure in the South Pacific (some of them true). A founding member and Ring-leader of The TROPICS, Greg sings lead and back-up vocals and plays Saxophone, Flute, Guitar and Keyboards.



Nicole (Nikki Coleman began singing at a young age in her hometown Southern Baptist Church, learning to harmonize with the congregation and soon developed what would become a life-long passion for music. Her teens years in Arizona included high school Honor Choir and beginning to perform at private parties and weddings.

Since those early days Nikki has studied advanced vocal technique with acclaimed vocal teacher Robert Lunte and continued Voice and Performance studies with powerhouse soul-singer/ songwriter Keely Whitney.

Recentley Nikki’s refined, versatile voice has been "in demand" in Northwest recording studios. During the last decade her dazzling vocal stylings have been showcased in a variety Seattle Area groups that include The BrickHouse Show Band, DoveLand and The Keely Whitney Band. In addition to her early Arizona days, Nikkii has performed at a variety of top venues in Alaska, Oregon and Washington State.


Performing as a Trio, the TROPICS have an embarrassing wealth of “GUITAR-SLINGERS”

Chad Quist is a 30 year full-time professional on the West Coast music scene who is at home as a touring guy, session guitarist, producer, engineer and vocalist. After his early years in the Bay Area Chad attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied music theory, composition and guitar performance.

     After relocating to Seattle Chad was soon in demand by top local acts doing it all: Rock, Pop, Country, Fusion and Jazz. Highlights included performing with Kenny G, The Platters and Martha and the Vandellas. These experiences led to gigs opening shows for artists like Ray Charles, Tower Of Power, George Benson, Steve Miller, Rick Derringer, Diane Schuur, Lou Rawls, Larry Carlton, Huey Lewis and Diana Ross.

  In 1995 Chad began a decade-long association with MUZAK appearing on 1000 cover tunes on their Environmental Channel with more than 30 of his original compositions on worldwide rotation.

        In 1997 Chad landed a spot with Big Brother and the Holding Company (of Janis Joplin fame) and toured internationally. In 2007 after his (soon-to-be) stepson’s stint as a Top-Ten American Idol sensation, Chad returned to Southern California.

    Subsequent tours with Big Brother, Glenn Yarbrough and others have since brought him back to Europe, Thailand, Beijing, Hong Kong, Hawaii and Mexico playing on bills with Vanilla Fudge, Canned Heat, Jefferson Starship, Country Joe McDonald and Booker T and the MG’s.

    In addition to a demanding performance schedule Chad has traversed Africa playing with the Paul Allen Band and produced CDs for a number of independent artists, some of which have been picked up by Disney and ABC Television. His new instrumental solo effort, "Mercury Messenger" was recently released by The Highlander Company Records at https://chadquist.bandcamp.com/album/mercury-messenger.


Brian Monroney is a Guitarist, Arranger, Composer, Engineer and Producer who recently joined the Seattle music scene. In addition to a long term musical association with Tom Jones, his interesting and varied career has included performing and/or recording stints with Natalie Cole, Gloria Estefan, Wayman Tisdale, lan Chester and Paul Taylor. Brian’s music is featured on TV and other media including The Big Bang Theory, Ellen, TMZ, Modern Marvels, Muzak, and Lifetime. He has performed for audiences worldwide, from small clubs to festival crowds of 50,000+ and worked as a session musician in Los Angeles, Miami, Denver and Seattle.

Find out more about Brian at: http://brianmonroney.com



Edward Paul Ferguson has been a member of many Seattle area bands including Aquavinyl, The Troublemakers, Badboys, Panama, The Elektralights, and the Seattle Pot Luck Orchestra. He has wolrked on projects for MTV, the Experience Music Project, and various film, television, and radio recordings. Eddy is equally at home on Guitar, Bass and Vocals. In addition to The TROPICS he can be seen performing around town with Michael Powers and The Edward Paul Trio.



Dr. Felix Billingsley (Frosty) is a founding member of The TROPICS and was our original guitarist in 1998. A few years ago Frosty retired from the University of Washington after a legendary stint at the College of Education. Soon thereafter he experienced a “changes in latitudes” episode, sailing his 42 foot boat, (with his wife Patti Goode: also a founding member of The TROPICS) to exotic and WARM Mexico. Frosty currently splits his time between the Pacific Northwest and warmer climes down South and is often available to perform with us when the planets are aligned just right......and the Mexican authorities are otherwise occupied!



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