Beverly Sulfsted is a resident of Oregonia, Ohio. Music has been one of my passions. At the age of 9, I started to play piano and played clarinet in the high school band. While in West Viriginia, I happened to take an interest in the Mountain Dulcimer and was a member of the Family Tree Dulcimers for 10 years. Loving the bluegrass music, I started my own bluegrass band, Willow Creek. When the band was first organized, approximately 12 years ago, I played the mountain dulcimer and banjomer. Then progressed to playing the “doghouse” bass. As the bass became so cumbersome to carry along for “jams”, I decided to try the Mandolin. I also love singing and my favorite of all music is gospel music. It is a wonderful feeling to reach the souls of the audience through a gospel song.
Bill Sulfsted is a resident of Oregonia, Ohio and has been playing music for 22 years. Unfortunately years ago, when I had a Gibson Hummingbird I had no one around to teach guitar. When I married, Beverly, she gave me a ”baby” Martin Guitar for our wedding gift. Since then music has filled me with great joy. After learning the guitar, I also joined the Family Tree Dulcimers and was a member for over 10 years. When Beverly, formed the Willow Creek Band, I had a strong desire to play the banjo. I learned very quickly that this was not an easy instrument to learn. My first banjo was an Odessa but after awhile I had a desire to own a Gibson. So, I sold my Harley Davidson Motorcycle then purchased my Gibson RB3 from First Quality Music where if you visit you’ll see “Wild Bill” has signed the wall.
Nick Lagana and wife Gail are 30 plus year residents of Springboro, OH. They have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Nick is about to start on his “next career” ….Retirement. Playing a musical instrument is relatively new to Nick, but his plans are to make it a major part of his “next career”. Prior to joining Willow Creek in 2008 he accompanied Gail, who is the real musician, playing various local venues as the “Lamplighters of Boro”. Nick and Gail also were long time members of Springboro’s Family Tree Dulcimer Band. Nick is really enjoying the variety and learning the multi layers of Bluegrass / Gospel. He says the best part however, is meeting and jamming with so many friendly, talented people.