CATHY COONIS, is our Baritone Saxophone player. She recently retired after 41 years in Music Education. Her most recent job was Band Director at New Covenant Academy. She also performs with Wings of Swing and Springfield Community Jazz Ensemble (local big bands), and as a saxophonist in "The All Hands On Deck Show" in Branson, MO. She studied Music Education and Spanish at College of the Ozarks, and Education with a Music Emphasis at MSU.
Troy Cronkhite currently is the Director of Bands at Glendale High School in Springfield, Missouri. While under his direction the band program has received numerous awards in marching band, concert bands and jazz bands. In addition to his duties at Glendale, Troy served as the Southwest Missouri Music Educators Association as the District Vice President for Jazz as well as the Fine Arts Department Chair.
JEFF DEL VECCHIO, PA, is a physician assistant at Mercy Springfield. He is happy to return to playing trumpet after a long hiatus from his college playing days at Southwest Missouri State University-now Missouri State University. He also enjoys playing along side his son, Jack, when he is home from college, and now Benjamin, who is completing highschool.
BILL HENNESSEY, MHA, has been at Mercy since 1989 and Currently serves as the Vice President of Mission. Bill begin playing the drums at age 10 and since then has never set his sticks aside! After playing drums in jazz and rock bands at Norte Dame, and in musical theatre at Army Community Theatre in Hawaii. Bill became our drummer in 1990. Bill loves the music of caduceus, the camaraderie of the group, and the ability to give back to the community through our performances.