Call of the Wild

Whether you know the members of Phantazmagoria or not you have probably seen them around the Boise valley performing for various projects or gigs.  But what sets Phantazmagoria apart is that these funk/jazz/soul musicians have come together to create Boise’s very own 12-piece big band.  Aside from their live performances there are some unique accomplishments within the group.

Rob Walker can be heard playing “Call To The Post” on NBC’s coverage of horse racing’s Triple Crow.  Walker has also been heard in 11 major motion pictures as well as 35 network televisions shows.

Ken Harris is one of the local blues legends that people talk about but may not know his name.  He was behind a venue that is now just a piece of Boise’s music history.  Harris was one of the individuals to help start the Blues Bouquet.  Famous for their “Bucket of Blues” the building remains without much success to new ventures moving in.

Jon Bonine began his professional musical career in Los Angeles, where he enjoyed 20 years of performing as a featured trombonist in concerts with artists including everyone from The Temptations, Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Burt Bacharach & Dionne Warwick, The Who, Boyz to Men, Natalie Cole, Lou Rawls, The O’Jays, The Commodores, Harry Connick Jr., Luther Vandross and Whitney Houston. Jon also enjoyed his orchestra work with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Beverly Hills Symphony and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Television was a fun and lucrative way to use his talents and he played on shows such as The Commish, Murder She Wrote, Magnum P.I., Walker Texas Ranger and The American Music Awards. Film work included An Officer and a Gentleman, Divine Madness [Bette Midler LIve] and Hunt for Red October.

Troy Oppie has had the opportunity to play around the world in part of an invention at an early age.  He invented special coat-tail gripping gloves.  The success allowed him to be able to play on stage at Lincoln Center in NYC, the Montreaux Jazz Festival (Switzerland) and North Sea Jazz festival (Netherlands) among many others.

Members include:

Rodney Zuroveste – Alto Saxophone

Rob Walker – Trumpet

Mike Trail – Guitar

Scott Reusser – Drums

Kent Persons – Vocals, Percussion

Troy Oppie – Trombone

Sandon Mayhew – Baritone saxophone

Christian Koppenhafer – Lead vocalist

Jim Kloss – Trumpet

Dean Jennings – Tenor saxophone

Ken Harris – Keys

Jon Bonine – Bass

The super group released “Call of the Wild” online this year and plans on playing festivals next year.  In the meantime they are booking for private events or local fundraisers.  Along with originals they also play songs such as “Boogie On Reggae Woman” – Stevie Wonder, “Late In the Evening” – Paul Simon, “Celebration” – Kool and the Gang, “Have I told you Lately” – Van Morrison, “Smooth” – Rob Thomas and Santana.

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