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Jacqueline Ford and Michael Brazie formed the duo band 'Turning Point' in January 2002. They began hosting an open mic at Tiffany Tavern in old Town, Alexandria, from April 2002 until it's closing in March 2013. They hosted an open mic at King Street Blues - Kingstowne from March 2013 until it closed in January 2014. They began performing the first Saturday night every month at Starbucks in Alexandria from 2005 to the present time. They perform at Grounded Coffee Shop in Alexandria every first Sunday of the month. They also perform at a number of other venues around the Northern Virginia area. Originally founded as a two piece folk/country band, Jacqueline Ford and Michael Brazie perform in a variety of formats from a full-band of up to eight pieces, down to trios, duos and solo performances. In 2008 they changed their band name to 'Jacqueline and The Treehouse Dogs. John Georgiou joined the duo in hosting the open mic in March 2014. They perform as a trio and with Special Guests (Stray Dogs) that join in regularly - a talented musical group who entertains both young and old alike!
a military brat, grew up in Massachusetts, Rhode
Island, California, Maryland and Virginia Beach before
settling in Northern Virginia. Born in Milford,
Massachusetts, outside of Boston, singing was her
greatest passion from as early back as she can
remember. Her early influences were as varied as Dolly
Pardon, Elvis Presley, Barbara Streisand and Donna
Fargo. She played their music a line at a time, over
and over again, on a record player (which was a real
challenge) until she was satisfied that she could sound
like them. Her family did not share her enthusiasm for
as a career so she did not pursue it publicly. After a
long and successful early career as an interstate
shower singer, all that changed one day. Invited to a
karaoke fund-raiser one evening in 1998, she was
prodded into singing. At the end of Patsy Cline's
"Crazy" the room went silent. Someone screamed out "you
need to quit your day job". She was ready to
a native Washingtonian and has been a performing musician
for the last 25 years, playing in many bands throughout
the region. As a guitarist, John has enjoyed
playing a variety of styles of music, which has helped
him to forge his own style and approach to his
music. John is also a member of Cleve Francis and
Friends, who perform annually at the Birchmere, and
with Suzie and the G-Tones Band, as well as many other side
projects. When he's not playing music, John manages
to find time to earn his living during the day as an
Operations Research Analyst for the Air Force.
DAVE SARGENT-Bass, Banjo, Drums, Guitar
Dave is native to the Washington DC area, born and raised in Northern Virginia. During the day, he works for Raytheon as an Electrical Engineer, working primarily with communication related systems. Dave has been married for more than 34 years to his lovely wife Claudia and is very proud of his three gown children, Michael, Michelle and Monica. Dave has had many interests over the years including television/radio repair, motorcycle riding and repair, car repair, hardware/software design, wood working, firearm reloading, target shooting, hunting and fishing to name a few. Many interests have come and gone, however, music has been a steady interest since he was ten when he received his first guitar for Christmas. Dave currently plays banjo for the Amanda Murphy and the Lost Indians Bluegrass band. In addition to the Treehouse Dogs, he plays bass for the Whalen Project, Hickory Grove and in the Nativity Church folk Choir. Dave has recently started playing drums in the Crazy After Midnight group.
performs with the Choptank Murphy Band. Ths
band formed 15 years ago and has moved through a variety of different
styles and a number of different line-ups. The
group started as an acoustic trio, later building
itself into a six piece electric band and more recently
the current five man line-up. Choptank derives its
sound from a variety of influences creating a unique
original style that has aptly been referred to as a
John Werntz hails from the Philadelphia area where he first learned to play the upright bass. His musical interests include folk, country, bluegrass, rock, and jazz. You can also hear his artful bass playing at venues around the DC metro area with Old Town Tradition and Shenandoah Run. During the daylight hours John works to keep the mail moving as an Electrical Engineer for the Postal Service.
Rand grew up in Southern California
and has been playing drums since age 5. He plays rock 'n'
roll, blues, country,
and jazzy soul, but above all else
believes in serving the song. From whisper-quiet dynamics
to rockin' out, his style is non-busy and groove based.
Active bands include Sookey Jump, The Brook Yoder Band,
and Folsom Prisoners. When Rand is not behind the drums markin' time, he writes, voices, and produces radio
commercials for CBS.
Glenn has been playing drums since his high school days in a bands ranging in genre from pop and top 40, R&B, jazz rock fusion, Christian rock, American roots rock, and blues. He adapts his drum kit to best suit the music style and venue by using various combinations of an acoustic Gretch Renown kit or an electronic Roland V20 combined with a Roland Handsonic percussion module with Paiste and Zildjian cymbals. Glenn has a strong technical background with sound engineering, electronics, acoustics, Internet technologies and occasionally also provides sound support and live recording for local area bands. Glenn currently drums for Choptank Murphy, the RootzBoyz, Space Junk, NOVA Country Blues and recently has had immense fun joining in as a “Stray Dog” with the Jacqueline and the Treehouse Dogs.
TM HANNA- Mandolin
LEE ISTRAIL-MandolinLee Istrail is a lawyer by day and a musician by night. His main instrument in Treehouse Dogs Concerts is the mandolin although he also sings and has also played piano and guitar since he was 13 years old. He is a founding member of the Telegraph String Band and is a member of the School Street Ramblers. Lee enjoys writing original, bluegrass, country, rock and blues songs. Lee moved to Florida in 2014..We miss you Lee!!!
FREDDI SZILAGI -Mandolin/FiddleFreddi Szilagi is an incredibly talented mandolin player. Freddi played with the King Street Bluegrass band in a number of establishments and venues in the Alexandria, VA area. Freddi played with the Treehouse Dogs at Telegraph Staition, Starbucks and other venues around the Alexandria Area.Freddi moved to New Orleans, LA where he continues entertaining fans on the mandolin and fiddle!.