Peter Rothhauser, pianist, and leader of the Starlight Pops Combo, is a career musician who’s played on cruise ships with well-known artists such as The Platters, The Coasters, Joan Rivers and many others. He’s entertained Prince Charles and Camilla at Government House, accompanied can-can dancers in the Yukon, provided afternoon background music for the Fairmont Empress Tea Lobby, and toured B.C. with Canadian Tenor Ken Lavigne. He currently serves as Music Director at Fairfield United Church.
George Koenig, bass, has played for every Starlight Pops performance since our inception in 2008. He’s a teacher at North Saanich Middle School in Sidney, and moved to Victoria in 1994 after completing double bass studies with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra bassist Ken Friedman at UBC. He’s played in symphony orchestras across BC including the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra, and currently plays in jazz and rock combos in Victoria as well as doing freelance work.
Sean McCool, guitar, was born in Toronto, came to attend university in Victoria – and never left. He has played guitar, keyboards and bass, and sung with numerous pop, rock, and country bands over the years, as well as having travelled Canada and the US with showbands. He has played in the orchestra pit for plays, on cruise ships with a quartet, and led the Starlight Pops Combo. Besides rocking regularly with R&B band The Soul Shakers, performing with vocal trio Barkley Sound, and playing as a solo singer/songwriter, Sean sings with Victoria Montessori preschoolers two mornings a week.
Jon Miller, drums, is a drummer, drum instructor and band leader based in Victoria. Before locating to the West Coast in 1999 he lived in Montreal, Philadelphia and Amsterdam, playing drums in a wide range of formations. He holds a B.Mus in Jazz Performance from McGill University and has studied drums with Alan Dawson, Martin Bradfield, Peter Magadini, Louis Williamson, Marvin “Smitty” Smith and Barry Elmes. He has shared the stage with (among others) Jeff Healey, Charlie Hunter, Skip Bey, Vic Vogel and Hugh Fraser. Jon currently divides his time between teaching drums at Groove Studios and the Jon Miller Drum Studio as well as freelance playing and leading his own groups including the Jon Miller Quartet.
“The combo adds a great dimension to your sound …”