Sam is the producer of MBO. Other jobs with the band include playing guitar, keys, trombone, and vocalizing. Outside of working with Midnight Blue Orchestra, Sam has been a music teacher, composer, arranger, and performer since his early teens. Reflecting on his band..."Midnight Blue Orchestra is unique as we keep alive the timeless music of the Great American Songbook". Sam is the proud father of two grown children and is a grateful husband.
Bob Casey began taking drum lessons at age 14. One year later he was hired to play in a dance band that performed in local Kansas City night spots. With a set of "Ludwig" drums, his family had purchased as a Christmas gift, he started on a lifetime journey of drumming with all types of bands in a variety of venues, while living and traveling much of the U.S.
During his nearly 50 years of playing drums, he has enjoyed the many friends and musicians that he has met and worked with.
Midnight Blue Orchestra has been a highlight of his musical career and plans to continue to play drums with "this terrific group of musicians and friends", for a long, long time.
Bob is happily married to M.B.O. female vocalist Vicki Casey and together they have 4 adult children, and 4 grandchildren
Vicki Casey began singing at age 10 in the various kid and adult choirs at church. Always ready to perform she was called upon to sing at many community events and church functions. It was during her years as a young mother of 3 children, she began earning an extra income singing for the weddings of many of the couples she knew from church. It was at one of these functions she met pianist "Phil Hilton". Shortly after Phil had developed his "classic rock" band he was looking for a female vocalist to add to the group and remembered the young lady with the smooth bluesy voice he had performed several weddings with! After joining the "Phil Hilton Band" in 2000, she met Bob Casey, drummer with the band. They were married in December of 2003 and have been a "team" both on and off the stage ever since.
Vicki was with the "Phil Hilton Band" for 7 years and also sang with the praise band "Dayspring", under the musical direction of Sam King.
Vicki became a full time member of the "Midnight Blue Orchestra" in 2012.
She loves singing both lead and harmony vocals, from the large variety of dance music, performed by "Midnight Blue Orchestra". Her rich, full alto voice has enhanced the overall signature sound of M.B.O. along with vocalists Lisa, Sam, Randy, De, and Larry.
Midnight Blue Orchestra Band Members
The people! The stories!
Randy tickles the keys and arranges a number of our songs for our dances. He is also the Polka Master! No one can lay down a Polka like Randy and get the crowd pumped for more. He is not just one of our lead vocalists, but he can lay down some Latin. Have you seen his XMas hat. Straight from his time at Charlie's Chocolate Factory!
Karen Tope is our new voice and she has been rocking the dance floor. Just ask Randy. He gets to live with her voice.
Mike Tope has been setting the beat for us in 2017.
All I have to say is "Steady!"