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 then-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 parts of Canada with Canadian Tenor Ken Lavigne. He appears every so often in concerts and musical theatre productions around town, and works as a professional stage technician with IATSE Local 168.
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, is a Victoria-based singer-songwriter who has played with a variety of pop, rock, blues, and country bands, done numerous musicals and revues, and toured Canada and parts of the US with showbands Doc & the Doo-Wops and The Waybacks. He’s travelled much of the world on cruise ships playing with quartet Party of Four. His Victoria-based R & B band, The Soul Shakers, released their third CD, “Ready For You” in 2018. In 2020 Sean released the solo album “McCool”. He is currently recording a new album of blues-based originals. Sean has B.Mus and B.Ed degrees from UVic.
Rich Lang, drums, started his professional career as a drummer in the early 1980s and from 1984-1988 he recorded and toured with Victoria pop band The Wardells. He moved to Vancouver and freelanced with several bands before moving back to Victoria to get his Bachelors of Music degree from the University of Victoria 1990-94. During the 1990s he played in a variety of groups ranging from classical to rock and roll, and in 2001 he became a member of the military band branch (Royal Canadian Artillery Band, Edmonton, Alberta 2001-2008, and Naden Band Victoria, BC 2008 -2019). He has also played in various musicals over the past three decades and currently plays in various ensembles ranging from big band jazz to classical ensembles and, of course, rock and roll.
“The top-drawer combo adds a great dimension to your sound …”