Band Leaders

Jon Spindler – Downtime/Push The Limit

As most musicians will admit, music has been Jon’s passion for as long as he can remember. Growing up in a musical family, he learned to play the drums at a very young age. Jon obtained a bachelors degree in Jazz Performance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and then went on to receive his Masters from the University of South Florida in Tampa, also in Jazz Performance. Jon has toured Europe playing jazz festivals and has had the opportunity to play and study with many great musicians.

Along with his brother Dave, they have played in bands together since high school, starting with their dad’s country band and later creating a rock band. When those projects fizzled, the concept of a wedding band evolved. After countless rehearsals and making tweaks to get the band exactly as he envisioned, Downtime Band was born. A decade later and too many weddings and events to count, Jon’s next project began churning. He wanted to provide the same entertaining and satisfying musical experience, but with choreographed dance moves, enhanced vocal and horn sections, and the ultimate party experience. With this, Push the Limit was formed. Every weekend you can find Jon performing and providing a memorable evening from the beginning of cocktail hour, all the way through to the last dance.


Dave Spindler – Downtime

Music was the core of Dave’s childhood memories, and now plays an intricate role in his adult life. After picking up a guitar at age 12, he knew he had found his passion.

After graduating from Southern Illinois Edwardsville with a minor in music, fast forward a few years and on any given day, Dave can be found with his guitar – whether at a wedding reception, performing at church services, fine tuning musical charts for the many DTP bands, and teaching the occasional lesson. Dave serves as co-band leader alongside his brother Jon, and is also the musical director for Downtime Band, Push the Limit, and The X Band.

 


Andy Ament – The X Band

A graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Andy obtained a bachelors degree in Jazz Performance and Music Education. He was a founding member of the jazz quartet Utter Chaos, which pays tribute to the great baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan.

As an educator, Andy has worked with students all over the area as a clinician, instructor, and adjudicator. He works extensively with Jazz St. Louis as both an instructor for their JazzU program, and as a consultant in developing various educational programs and materials. He has worked as an instructor at numerous jazz camps, including camps at SLU High School and the Birch Creek Performing Arts Center in Door County, Wisconsin.

He performed all over St. Louis and the Midwest with various jazz, pop, rock, funk, and dance bands until he was approached by Roger Morse in 2005 to be a part of The X Band. During this time, Andy learned from Roger and watched as he masterfully lead the musicians. Sadly, in 2010, Roger passed away, but his legacy and vision of the X Band did not. Although Andy had huge shoes to fill, he has helped carry The X Band through and maintains Roger’s level of expectations in every performance.