A band of four performs in front of a back background with ReelAbilities Houston logo projected on stage
Wednesday, February 23, 2022

ReelMusic

A band of four performs in front of a back background with ReelAbilities Houston logo projected on stage
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
7:30 PM - 9:15 PM
Event Schedule

7:00 PM: Doors

7:30-9:15 PM: Concert

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Event Overview

Celebrate music’s power to connect us, unite us, and lift us up at ReelMusic 2022, which showcases the talents of jazz, rock (and more!) musicians and performers who live with disabilities. ReelMusic 2022 will feature ReelMusicians from the past, new-to-the-Festival ReelMusicians, and our ReelMusic house band of Andrew Lienhard, David Craig, Kelly Dean, and Gavin Moolchan.

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House Band and Emcees

Special Guests

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David Craig
House Band
Bass
David Craig, one of Houston’s top call bassists, has played, recorded and/or toured with Dizzy Gillespie, Arnette Cobb, James Moody & many other top artists, and writes, records and plays original music performed by local jazz artists.
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Kelly Dean
House Band
Sax
Kelly Dean, one of Houston's most sought-after musicians, has performed with a list of globally-recognized artists. When not inspiring students as an Instrumental Music teacher at the Emery/Weiner School, Kelly can be found bringing his talent to major Houston stages.
Andrew Lienhard
Andrew Lienhard
House Band
Keys
Andrew Lienhard is a pianist and software developer living in Houston, Texas. After graduating from HSPVA, he started touring with famed Blue Note saxophonist Ronnie Laws. He has since performed with Kirk Whalum, Joe Henderson, Hubert Laws, Doc Powell, Mindi Abair & many others.
Gavin Moolchan
Galvin Moolchan
House Band
Drums
Gavin Moolchan is a drummer born and raised in Houston. He is a freelance musician and private instructor covering a wide range of genres. He has performed and toured both nationally and internationally with some of Houston’s most respected musicians and groups.
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Brandon Walker
Emcee
KPRC 2 Anchor/Reporter
Hooked by “the business” at an early age, Brandon cut his journalism teeth as an intern and prior to Houston worked in his native New Orleans, Connecticut, and New York. Connect with this multiple-time New York Emmy Award nominee on Facebook and Twitter.
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Taisha Walker
Emcee
KPRC 2 Reporter
Taisha considers the infamous 2021 Bengal tiger story one of the most memorable of her reporting career. When not covering community stories, Taisha enjoys cooking, baking, working out, and her dog, Bailey. Follow Taisha on Facebook and Instagram.

ReelMusicians

ReelMusicans

Teo Bijarro
ReelMusician
Musician/Arranger
Teo Bijarro, (check out his “The Blind Bassist” YouTube channel) is also a singer, guitarist, and arranger who has played jazz in Houston for 25-plus years. He is an active advocate for those experiencing hearing loss.
Kyle Cousins
ReelMusician
Singer/Songwriter
Kyle Cousins channels Freddie Mercury in Houston’s Queen Legacy tribute band, composes and performs his own music, and is a proud crew member at the nonPareil Institute of Houston. Visit Kyle’s Facebook to learn more about his upcoming March 13 performance.
Heba Toulan
ReelMusician
Actor
Heba Toulan is an active Houston-area actor with an impressive resume of acting credits who has performed at the Cairo Opera House with the Gallaudet Dance Group. Learn more about Heba at www.hebatoulan.com.
Brennan Emeka
ReelMusician
Singer
Brennan Quarles Emeka is super-excited to return as a ReelMusic performer. He is part of TUTS’ The River performance troupe and The Academy at Humphreys School of Musical Theatre.
Noriann Dogium
ReelMusician
Singer
Noriann Doguim is a singer and actor with Alliance Theatre and Better Together Performing Arts Academy. An inclusion advocate, she is a compassionate and loving soul whose performances come straight from her heart.
Sophia Velasquez
ReelMusician
Violinist
Sophia Velasquez has been playing violin since age 7 and, along with major stages around town, has performed with Alliance Theatre, the American Festival of the Arts, Houston Youth Symphony and Baytown Symphony. She is an upcoming graduate of the VAST Academy at HCC.
Sashi Nisankarao
ReelMusician
Singer
Sashi Nisankarao, Senior ADA Compliance Manager at the Harris County Election Administrator's Office, is an attorney and disability advocate who is excited to bring her classically-trained vocal talents back to the ReelMusic stage.
Helayna Barber
ReelMusician
Singer
Helayna Barber is a member of The Next Step Academy’s Theatre Education Class of 2023, founder of Nothing About Us Without Us, the school’s disability-inclusivity initiative, and stage manager/teaching artist for both Alliance Theatre & Better Together Performing Arts Academy.
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Holly Lauren Dayton
Heba Toulan’s “All That Jazz”
Choreographer
Holly lives in New York and has performed with national tours of Elf the Musical & The Elf on the Shelf Musical. Regional credits include A Chorus Line, Chicago, & Footloose. She was featured with Lady GaGa in the Sinatra100 CBS Special and with Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers in Vegas

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A band of four performs in front of a back background with ReelAbilities Houston logo projected on stage
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A night of jazz, rock and more featuring accomplished musicians with disabilities.
A band of four performs in front of a back background with ReelAbilities Houston logo projected on stage