LAURIE E. TIETJEN, CPA, Described as a “Renaissance Woman”, Laurie E. Tietjen possesses a wide range of talents, abilities, and interests:
Certified Public Accountant for the College of the Ozarks, medical practice business consultant, licensed educator, jazz musician, and visual artist.
Her greatest enjoyment, however, has come from playing with her dad, Fred Tietjen, MD, (orthopedic surgeon) in his jazz bands, the Kapital Kicks Jazz Orchestra and the Lake Jazz Band. He continues to “channel” his musical passion through her playing of his baritone saxophone with Caduceus, The Doctors’ Band.
RALPH HASTY, baritone saxophone, is a graduate of the U.S. Navy School of Music and served with Rear Admiral Ralph Clark's Chief of Naval Air Operations band in Corpus Christi, Texas. He also played with various bands around Springfield, including the late Forrest Wasson. He's a retired broadcaster having worked as an announcer in both radio and television in New York, San Francisco, Seattle and in Springfield.
GREGORY OJAKANGAS, PhD is a planetary astrophysicist, but jazz music performance has been a critically
important part of his life since
he was a teenager. He played jazz trombone from high school through college, graduate school at The California Institute of technology and beyond, performing in big bands and jazz combos of all sizes. He currently teaches physics at Drury University, where he performs in the university jazz program on an as needed basis.
BOB JONES, PhD, is the bassist of the band, with a PhD in Industrial and Organizational psychology from The Ohio State University. Bob received his B.A. from St. Olaf College, where he was recruited for choral music but stayed for other reasons. Before and after college, Bob was a career musician in Chicago, before taking “straight jobs” in I-O psychology, including his current position as Professor at Missouri State University.
CHRISTOPHER ANDREWS, Esq., is a section trumpet player. He is a freelance attorney specializing in matters involving aviation. He is a Springfield native and graduate of Missouri State University. While there he participated in the Pride Marching Band, Univesity Jazz bands, and Bear Mania Basketball Bands.