Isaac Stephens

Lead Trumpet 

Isaac is a multi-instrumentalist currently majoring in Jazz Performance at the Jamey Abersold Jazz Studies Program at the University of Louisville.  He was a 4 year member of Kentucky All-State Jazz Band as well as the Governor's School for the Arts! He has performed at the Grand Ole Opry as a member of the Jazz Ambassadors of Kentucky and has been featured soloist with the Crescent Super Band of Salt Lake City Utah and Essentially Ellington in New York City with Jazz at the Lincoln Center! Isaac released his first CD in 2014 titled River Jazz and can be found in MP3 format at Amazon.com! He is a Performer, Clinician and Private Instructor in addition to professional studio musician and we are thrilled to have him with the Usual Suspects!!!                        

Doug Finke

Lead Trombone

His Trombone career began in 1950 in Chicago, Illinois playing with Smokey Stover's Firehouse Band, the original Salty Dogs, Art Hodes, the Bob Scobey Frisco Jazz Band and Wild Bill Davidson.  He left music for a few years to persuit a family and Corporate career. In 1997 while in Philadelphia PA, Doug founded the Independence Hall Jazz band, taking his group all over the Eastern U.S.  It wasn't long before he began touring Nationally with the likes of Jim Beebe's Chicago Jazz Band, Bob Shulz Frisco Jazz Band as well as with Warren Vache, Kenny Davern, Richard Wyandss, Jim Cullum, John Bunch and James Charillo.  He lends his talented trombone skills to the Usual Suspects Band and we are pleased to have him with us!!!                        

            Usual Suspects Band


     The Usual Suspects Band (USB) was founded in 2012 and quickly has become one of the Region's most sought after cover bands!!! Since its inception, USB has traveled all over Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio & Tennessee...and the group continues to expand its horizons!!! USB has been called "Kentuckiana's Premier Wedding & Dance Band" by Louisville's Leo Magazine and Barn Party USA has featured the band on their TV show multiple times!

      Founder Jeff Mackey has assembled a group of multi-talented musicians that are able to perform a wide range of music genres.  Made up of professionals with an average of 23 years of touring and performance experience, this group covers the 70's to Today's Rock, Pop, R&B, Funk, Blues and Motown Hits...as well as Jazz and Swing standards available on request. Artists covered include Chicago, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Earth Wind & Fire, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Tower of Power, The Rolling Stones, Delbert McClinton, Steely Dan, Lionel Ritchey and various Motown Artists, among many others.         USB has a wide variety of music to cover any occasion or venue! We own all our Sound, Lighting and Music Equipment, so there is no added expense for our Clients!!!  For the BEST Party and Dance band in the Mid-west Region, contact the Usual Suspects to entertain your next event!!! 

Trevin Little

Featured Sax

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Brian Honaker
Professional DJ

This Danville, Kentucky native honed his skills as a Professional DJ running his own Karaoke business before starting as a Freelance Wedding DJ.  After witnessing his DJ skills first hand, Usual Suspects Band partnered with him to create the absolute BEST entertainment package in the Mid-West! Brian has DJ'd with USB since the 2016 Wedding Season and does a tremendous job! Just ask any of our satisfied clients!!!

Mike Damron

Keys / Vocals

A self-taught musician from Eastern Kentucky, Mike grew up playing in churches in and around his home town of Inez Kentucky. In recent years he has expanded from his gospel roots to country, rock, blues, soul, and musical theater. Mike has performed with many Central Kentucky bands including Broken Dreams, Catagory 5, Eldorado, After Hours, and Zoom. Some of his musical influences are Ray Charles, Nat Cole, Stevie Wonder, Ronnie Milsap, McCoy Tyner, The Beatles, and Paul Carrack. We are happy to have him with USB!!!                 

Jeff Mackey

Tenor Sax / Manager

The Founder of Usual Suspects Band,  Jeff studied at the University of Louisville under Saxophonist Mike Tracy while performing with various groups around Louisville Kentucky. He has performed with well-known jazz musicians including Jazz Trumpeter Randy Brecker and Saxophonist Jamie Aebersold.  After college, Jeff performed with local legends of the Louisville music scene including the likes of Leo Night and the Moonlighters as well as the popular rock band Goldbrick. Jeff is also the Manager for Usual Suspects, so if you need us...Call him!!!                       

Martina Shirley

 Bass / Vocals

This Shelbyville, Ky native is All About That Bass in the Usual Suspects' rhythm section.  Martina has been performing and playing the bass in a variety of music settings for the past 20 years.  She has an extensive musical background that includes playing the upright as well as electric bass.  She has performed throughout Central Kentucky with groups from  Classical String Orchestras to Big Band to Rock, R&B, Gospel and Motown. Martina was most recently the bass guitarist for the Big Band Theory Jazz Orchestra of Central Kentucky. She is a talented musician / vocalist and an outstanding addition to the band!!!                   

Trevin brought his talents to Louisville after graduating in Jazz Studies from Morehead State University in 2012.  He has become a mainstay on the Louisville Music Scene,  performing both as a solo artist...and with various groups in a wide range of genres! He has shared the stage with local, regional and national acts, showcasing his ultra-talented Saxophone skills! He is also a well known music educator, teaching a wide range of students on woodwind insturments at Miles Ahead Music in Louisville!  You can also find this in-demand studio musician working on various projects around town! We are thrilled to have Trevin and his sultry sax as our featured soloist with the Usual Suspects Band!!!  

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Lance Sorrels

Drums / Vocals

From Louisville, Kentucky is another immensely talented musician bringing 18 years of performing experience to the group.  He is an accomplished drummer and studio musician with a wide variety of performing experience.   Lance has performed in many venues and groups throughout Central Kentucky as a free-lance musician and his drumming influences include Neil Pert of Rush, Buddy Rich and Dave Weckl.  We are glad that Lance has found a home with Usual Suspects Band!!!             

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Amber Reese

  Lead Vocals

Our lead singer is a talented Louisville Ky native who comes to USB fresh off trying out for "The Voice" TV show!!! A Voice Major alum of Middle Tennessee State University, Amber brings outstanding range and soulful sound to lead the band! She has fronted bands in both Louisville and Nashville and honed her skills by performing Karaoke every chance she gets! Her influences are Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse and Nora Jones among many others.  She has taken USB to new heights and we are thrilled she shares her talent with us!!!                      

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Bruce Jones

Lead Guitarist

Bruce is one of Central Kentucky's most versatile and talented guitarist.  He has been playing and performing for over 38 years around the south east corridor.  Bruce has played his strings with some of the music industries' finest including Tom Scholz of Boston, Travis Toy of Rascal Flatts, and Jeff Douglas of the Oak Ridge Boys. He says his influences come from Terry Kath / Chicago, Average White Band, Tower of Power, Weather Report and various artist of the Motown Era.  USB is pleased to have him in the group!!!                     

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