The Cool Breeze jazz band started in the 1980’s. Hank Husen had just moved from Chicago and was hired by Carson Newman. Hank was teaching Jim Patterson how to play jazz charts. Randy Messamore played saxophone and band director Joe Ray played tuba. Completing the line up was Pete Rogers on drums.

Original members included Hank Husen, Randy Messamore, Jim Patterson, Joe Ray, and Pete Rogers

The band has went through many changes throughout the years. Around 2015, Dan heard Stuart Green playing guitar with the Walters State Jazz Band. Impressed with Stuart, Dan asked him to come play for Cool Breeze.

2015 lineup. Fred McMurray, Jim Patterson, Dan Lishion, and Hank Husen

2018 has brought many changes for the band. Dan Lishion was diagnosed with cancer and had to leave the band. Fred also decided to leave at this time. Walters State drummer Jason Conway was asked to join the band.

Also, trumpet player Todd DeMaria and trombonist  PJ Andersson were added to the lineup. Both guys also play for the Walters State Jazz Band.

The latest lineup adds Stuart Greene, Jason Conway, Todd DeMaria, and PJ Andersson.

The latest change is the addition of vocalist, Kari Hester. We feel that a vocalist will open the doors to some different kind of gigs for the band. Only time will tell what is in store for Cool Breeze.