Band Members

Brian Batchelor-Glader "BBG" (Keyboard, Keytar, Vocals, Flute)

Brian Batchelor-Glader, or as he is known by his friends, "BBG", is the most high-profile member of Just Strange Brothers, and that's why we're putting him at the top of the list. He's been playing the piano since age 9 and regularly jams with some of the top musicians in the world. His skill on the keyboard is almost as great as his knowledge of music which he uses to compose songs for his main group, the award-winning Eclipse Movement, side project, Old Green Eyes & BBG, and puts towards an accomplished career as an experienced composer, producer, teacher, and performer.
Pete Hall (Lead Singer, Percussion, Guitar)

Pete Hall is a professional singer, songwriter and visual artist with over 20 years in the music industry. He's performed with some of the top musical acts and musicians in the world that includes: Bobby Kimball (Toto), Tommy Tutone, Alex Ligertwood (Santana), Fuel, Tesla, Local H, The Turtles, Night Ranger, and Kim Wilson of The Fabulous Thunderbirds, just to name a few. Pete knows how to sing thousands of songs in perfect pitch and, just as important, how to keep your music engagement moving along as the master of ceremonies.
Charlie Ferrara (Trumpet, Percussion)

Charlie, or as he's known by his students, Mr. Ferrara, is the band director at at Walnut Hills High School, one of the top schools in the country. Outside of teaching music and creating award-winning marching band shows that have been performed at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and New Years Day Parade in London, he also regularly gigs around town with his personal band WorldwidE and area-favorite The Newbees, as well stepping up on stage to jam out on trumpet at jazz gigs. Charlie also actively keeps up his percussion chops by learning from music masters in Bali and in Ghana, which he then puts towards creating an annual African Ensemble that encourages students to participate and learn about African dance and music.
Christian Robles (Lead Guitar, Bass, Rythym)

Christian was born in Albuquerque, raised in Indianapolis, and is now one of the premiere electric guitarists in Cincinnati where he has a long pedigree of jamming out with other top local musicians like Bootsy Collins. He started playing guitar in high school which led him to study music at the Berklee College of Music and then at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Christian teaches music professionally when he's not performing with his award-winning band, WorldwidE, a group that has opened for contemporary greats such as Ben Folds.
Danny Manning (Alto Saxophone, Vocals, Piano, Percussion)

Danny is a mufti-talented instrumentalist who can deftly play the saxophone and piano as well as provide rock-solid vocals for almost any piece of music. When he's not jumping in with multiple bands around town, he's creating complex stage presentations at Xavier University where he directs the University Singers performance program. Danny can create any type of stage show imaginable and then write all of the music charts without even batting an eye. Danny also travels the world playing at exclusive gigs with greats such as Toto, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Tommy Tutone.
Phil Tipton (Drums, Percussion)

Phil is the heart of the Just Strange Brothers and can hold down a beat like no other. The longtime drummer for Eclipse Movement regularly gigs around town when he's not teaching students percussion and drumming at the Cincinnati Music Academy.
Aaron Jacobs (Electric Bass, String Bass)

Aaron Jacobs studied jazz bass under Chris Berg and Brad Goode and classical bass under Rick Vizachero and Al Laszlo. Aaron holds a BM in Jazz Performance at University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music (CCM). He is currently the adjunct professor of Jazz Bass at CCM. He freelances on upright and electric bass around the Cincinnati region in styles ranging from jazz, latin, rock, funk, and classical music. At present, Aaron plays in various ensembles throughout the city, including Phil DeGreg's Trio and Samba Jazz Syndicate, the John Zappa Trio, the Rick VanMatre Quintet, Northside Jazz Ensemble, and the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra. He has backed up numerous national artists, including Roland Vazquez, Fred Wesley, Conrad Herwig, Vinnie Valentino, John LaBarbera, and Lou Soloff. Aaron has also recorded extensively in Cincinnati with artists such as Rick VanMatre, Phil DeGreg, and Mandy Gaines and for nationally renowned recording studios Sound Images, Ultra Suede, and Group Effort. .
Max Gise (Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Banjo)

Max Gise is a professional guitarist who performs in many styles and settings. Since beginning the guitar at age 13, Max has studied several different types of music ranging from Jazz, Rock, Funk, Motown, Soul, Classical, Country, Latin, Brazilian, Contemporary Christian, Hip Hop, and Blues. He has performed with a variety of ensembles including: solo, orchestras (Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and Blue Ash-Montgomery Symphony Orchestra), jazz combos, wedding bands, musicals, big bands, rock bands, and original bands. Currently, Max performs with Just Strange Brothers, Eclipse Movement (winner of two Cincinnati Entertainment Awards), The Northside Jazz Ensemble (also a winner of a Cincinnati Entertainment Award), Christ Church Praise band, and solo. In addition to guitar, Max also plays electric bass, mandolin, and banjo. Max has also earned two degrees in music: a Masters in Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar from the University of Oklahoma. He currently teaches at the University of Northern Kentucky and at the Cincinnati Music Academy.
Rio (Lead Singer, Backing Vocals)

Rio is a Cincinnati native with a warm mezzo belt. Currently a performer at Kings Island, Rio has also performed with Cincinnati Frequency Band, Signs of Life: Pink Floyd Tribute, and fronts her own band, "Rio and The Ramblers." Rio enjoys getting a crowd on their feet with some groovy funk and blues tunes along with rocking out to modern contemporary artists.
Mike Cobb (Electric Bass)

Born and raised into a musical family from Wyoming, Ohio, Mike followed in the footsteps of his uncle and cousin by thumping the bass at the tender age of seven. He developed an appreciation for all genres of music, but loved the funky sounds of Parliament/Funkadelic, Slave, Rick James, Earth, Wind & Fire, George Duke, Sly and the Family Stone, Prince and, of course, Mr. Bootsy Collins, a personal idol who he now plays with as a member of Bootsy Collins Funk Unity Band. Over the years, Mike has performed with many musicians and local bands throughout the Cincinnati-area and is considered one of the top performing bassists in the city. If you want the funk, Cobb will show you where it's at.