EB Jensen plays guitar with the Express band Jurgen Schwarze plays horns with the Express band Jimmy Mackin plays drums for the Express band Jim Jensen plays bass withe the Express band Reini Reiter plays accordion and keys for the Express band
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Jurgen Schwarze

Jürgen was born in Ludwigsburg, West Germany and became a naturalized United States Citizen in 1978.  He served with the 3rd Marine Air Wing Band, El Toro for four years (1974-79) and is currently serving with the Air National GuardJurgen Schwarze plays with the Express band Band of the Southwest as the Superintendent and Band Manager with a total of 31 years of military service.Jürgen began playing the clarinet at the age of 10, saxophone at the age of 12 and then flute as a senior in high school. After his four year enlistment in the Marine Band he attended the University of Southern California as a Clarinet and Saxo­phone Performance Major where he was featured several times as a soloist with the USC Symphony. He then continued his music studies at the Grove School of Music in Los Angeles and completed the Composition and Arranging program. Upon graduation, he stayed on as the Grove School Music Contractor. Jürgen has performed professionally in the Los Angeles area for thirty-five years, and has worked on recording sessions as a producer, manager, contractor, arranger and performer. He has recorded or performed with: “Toni, Toni, Toni”, Marian Meadows, Disney Simply Mad about the Mouse, Film – Someone to Watch Over Me, Allen Vizzutti and various shows and musicals throughout Southern California. Since Jürgen is German born it seems like quite a natural fit for him to perform German music connecting with his childhood culture. His first German band encounter was with “The Connection” in 1985 and after 5 years had an opportunity to join the “Express” Twenty Three years later he still finds the vast variety of musical genre most appealing and really connects with the authentic Volksmusik of his German heritage. Musical influences over the years include: Benny Goodman, Pete Fountain, Artie Shaw, Eddie Daniels, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Stanley Turrentine, Michael Brecker and his all-time mentor Phil Sobel