First 2019 Band Practice Next Week

Notice to Band Members

We will have our first rehearsal of the season on Wed. May 8, 7:00 PM at our Mt Olive practice location. We are going to try having the Mt. Olive space as our permanent practice location this year. Why? The Benld location has limited parking and it is very difficult to enter and exit through the high step with a heavy door and acoustics are not great. The round church is way too loud and live and that creates a number of rehearsal and playing issues for the band and the director and it is very hard on hearing health in my opinion. Mt. Olive is still a central location, has the best lighting, the best temperature environment, the driest sound and it is very easy to enter and exit the building.

See you next week. Share this message with your fellow members.

Concert Thursday, July 19

Come see our concert in Staunton this Thursday evening, 7/19 at the bandstand behind Staunton Library. Please remind your friends and set a reminder for yourself so you don’t remember too late! See you there at 7:30pm!

Concert Tonight!

Be sure and attend tonight’s concert at 7:00pm in Mt. Olive at the Main Street Park.

(Note to band members: concert chairs will be provided tonight)

Concert tonight!

Don’t miss our concert tonight! Lots of fun music.

See you at the beautiful round bandstand in the historic city park on Main St. in Mt. Olive, Illinois. Lawn chairs recommended.

*past season info* About TC Chandler (2017 Season)




Born and raised in East Saint Louis, IL, TC has been musically inclined since the age of 2.


“My man pots and pans biscuits and gravy” is a phrase he consistently utters to no avail; a vague expression probably derived from the fact that he used “pots and pans” as percussive instruments during his early morning jam sessions as a child. These skills manifested in his development as a drummer with his grade school and junior high school concert, marching, and jazz bands.  At the age of 15, however, the necessity for a pianist with his Mother’s choir at his Father’s church inadvertently created a fork in the road of his musical journey, thereby diverting his full and unadulterated attention to the piano and keyboards.

TC has been a part of various musical ensembles ranging from classical, jazz, and R&B to blues, rock, and SKA.  Upon completing his Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Master’s of BusinessAdministration in Finance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he was a mechanical engineer by day, and moonlighted as a pianist only on the weekends.  His passion for the piano led him to eventually leave Corporate America behind to pursue a full-time career as a musician in Las Vegas.  His musical credits include playing behind national recording artists Trenyce of American Idol fame, R&B great Tony Terry, The Village People featuring original lead singer Victor Willis, Richard Street’s Temptations, Cherelle, Alexander O’Neal, The Calloway Brothers of Midnight Star, and The Hitzville Show of Las Vegas.  After performing in Las Vegas for 7 years, he spent 2 years as a cruise ship musician.


Currently residing in the St. Louis metropolitan area, TC has recently completed his second Bachelor’s, and third overall degree, from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in Music concentrating on Jazz Performance for Piano.  In addition to the aforementioned credits and responsibilities, since June 2014 to the present, TC is currently the first chair Pianist/Keyboardist for 6-time Grammy Award winning and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dennis Edwards and his Temptations Revue while simultaneously serving as part of the fantastic EMP Productions studio team alongside producer Eugene Patterson.