It has been said that a band is nothing more than a sum of its parts. Here are some of the parts of Pennies on the Rail.
Rus Schomers: Rhythm guitar, Papoose ukulele, ukelele, harmonica and vocals. Rus was first influenced by Elvis Presley and then the Beatles. But the guitar held the biggest attraction to him. He started playing while in high school in the early 1970’s and has played ever since. He has strummed in jams and with church groups, old time gospel being a big favorite. In 2005 he went to a music store and bought a Ukulele on a whim. It has now become his favorite instrument. Along with his wife and a friend, he helped start the Johnson County Ukulele Club and performs with Pennies on the Rail as well as the Ukemaniacs.
Cheli Morgan: Djembe and various percussion toys. Cheli's musical interests began at the age of three when she discovered the percussive elements of Captain Crunch cereal boxes. In grade school, she successfully made it through music class by developing her skills of lip-syncing. In 1968 she took this talent to the stage with her siblings, under the name “The Chorpening Cats”, who performed their pantomime routine to “Guitarzan” at events in the Washington community. Her musical life has been less then active until recent years when she rediscovered her love for percussion and now enjoys playing with Pennies on the Rail and the Ukemaniacs.
Roxanne Schomers: Rhythm guitar, violin, ukelele, percussion and vocals. Roxanne had her first public performance at the age of four when she stood on the front porch of her parents home wrapped in an old curtain panel. Learning violin and guitar in fifth grade she continued her musical journey. In high school she performed at a local mall promoting a favorite music store and was pictured in their advertisement in her school year book. Roxanne also spent a year in San Diego doing back up singing at a local Coffee house which featured the music of John Barry. She met her husband Rus through music and church and they have played music together for over thirty years. She’s the co-host of the Johnson County Ukulele Social Club, performs with Pennies on the Rail and the Ukemaniacs.
Jeffrey Morgan: Rhythm/lead six and twelve string guitars, ukulele, bass and vocals Escaping both the rigors of tap dance lessons and the lure of becoming a cocktail organist at an early age, Jeffrey found solace in the guitar. His influences range from a grandfather who could play any instrument handed him to the three Bs (Beatles, Byrds, and Beachboys). He started playing in high school at talent shows, camp and coffeehouses. He was drawn to applause like a waffle to butter and later when he attended college, he minored in playing in honky tonks. Since moving to Iowa City, he has become a fixture in the folk-rock scene but has played in a variety of bands, even bass in a reggae group. He has played with Iowa favorites like John Lake, Joe Peterson, and Cam Waters. His most favorite thing is playing with Pennies on the Rail, the Ukemaniacs, and Say Uncle, which includes his brother-in law and son. Jeffrey has released three CDs and his music has been featured in several Iowa City films as well as on Belgium Internet radio. For Booking information, contact: Jeffrey Morgan (319)-321-0733 email@example.com