In 1989, Andy Callis bought an accordion from a woman in Hammond, Indiana for $50.00. The rest is history. He enjoys playing many different ethnic musics on the accordion: in addition to Klezmer, he has played with Zydeco and Irish bands in Lansing. When not playing accordion, he teaches Theatre at Lansing Community College.
Ben has been honing his musical craft as a percussionist for over 27
years beginning at Haslett schools. Steeped in stylistic variety, Ben
took formal training at Michigan State University in the jazz studies
program; he sang in vocal jazz ensembles and performed with jazz bands
on timbales, congas, and drumset. In the early 1990s, he 'marched'
snare in the championship MSU and Glassmen drumlines. Ben sang bass
with the MSU mens' glee club who toured eastern Europe in '95. An
in-demand music educator, Ben teaches privately at Marshall Music in
Lansing (as he has) since 1997. Ben has performed and recorded,
alt-country, funk, fusion, musical theatre, rock, country, and African
drum and dance in Michigan and across the U.S. Ben also plays vintage
electric keyboards and bass. Currently, catch him soul-singing and
drumming with funky Easybabies, and on traps with Heartland Klezmorim,
to name a few.
Drew is a multi-instrumentalist with decades of stage, session and music production experience, ranging from local media to national TV and radio ad campaigns for Ford, GM, Meijer, Michelin, award-winning appearances on PBS Backstage Pass, appearing on over a 100 albums. Drew is a 2010 Detroit Music Award winner, published by BMG, with performances across much of the US and Europe, from Alaska to Amsterdam. Drew is honored to be a member of the Earthwork Music collective based in Michigan.
“Super Size” Will Metz is a Lansing native who plays tenor sax and has done so for a while now. He brings a unique approach to the horn with a background playing jazz, blues, rock, hip-hop, country, and Klezmer – sometimes at the same time. By day, he is a mild-mannered data analyst, but can often be found after hours playing with HK or rocking out with his other group, Big Willy.
Heartland Klezmorim performs concerts and private events of all kinds, from traditional Hanukkah service to bar/bat mitzvahs, anniversaries, weddings and folk festivals around Michigan.