About the Band

Olivia Vavroch
Vocals, percussion

A singer trained in musical theatre, Olivia also plays the accordion and has dabbled in drums. In 2016, she established Vavroch Glass & Art Studio where she teaches stained glass and other art classes to adults looking to reawaken their creativity and connect with others while engaging in the artistic process. In addition, she also teaches art at Sauvie Island Academy.

Greta Arell
Keyboard, vocals

Greta plays keyboard and sings.  She’s the closest thing to a music director we have.  Her diligence and passion for music is what led her to ask Jim about teaming up, which is where the band got its start.

When she’s not playing with the band, Greta teaches music and serves clients as a muic therapist.  Her other interests include hunting for mushrooms, hiking, and seeing how much band gear she can pack into the back of her Prius.

Jim with his harp guitar

Jim Dorman
Bass, guitar, triangle

Jim is a musician, teacher, and podcaster who used to be a juggler. But instead of juggling balls or clubs, now he juggles notes. In addition to bass, he also plays a variety of guitars, the Japanese koto, and harp guitar.

When he’s not playing music, Jim works underwater as a tour guide aboard the USS Blueback. He also serves as a mentor to other musicians in the Bandmakers program and is the creator of The Acoustic Pedestrian, a podcast that focuses on bringing people together through art & other creative pursuits

Adam Thorvaldson
Drums & percussion

Even though he always wanted to play drums, Adam’s music career started with the trumpet. Eventually his persistence was rewarded and he’s played drums in several bands from punk to rock covers to alternative country, and now jazz.

Adam’s creative talents are not limited to music. He’s also a make-up artist, film maker, and talented enough at drawing that we’re letting him design our logo. He’s had the distinct privilege of having 300 zombies singing “Happy Birthday” to him, and hopes to surpass that number someday.

Jeff Johnston
Saxophone, flute, trombone, clarinet, guitar

Jeff’s music has taken him from Florida to Japan and then some. He’s played with orchestras, club bands, and even done work for TV with his music, voice, and creative energy. He also does various gigs as a freelance artist.  We are excited to have his knowledge and experience as part of our universe!

And if that’s not enough, Jeff owns not one, but TWO purple horns! If that’s not an omen, we don’t know what is.