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David Sandkuhl (Lead Vocals/Rythm Guitar) began his music career, as a youngster, singing any gospel, rock, country, blues or folk song that could be accompanied while playing his flattop. After years of playing professionally and changing to a Fender Strat, blues became his genre of choice. This native Tulsan has performed professionally in Austin, San Diego, Los Angeles, Branson and Tulsa. Many bands and solo performances have come and gone, but the current project of IIIrd Degree has become his mainstay for singing the blues.
Originally, formed in 2005, and after many changes, the IIIrd Degree continues to rock the stage. He calls their music “Hard Rock’n Blues.”
Jim (Bass/Vocals) has been playing Electric and Double Bass for over 30 years from Blues, progressive rock to straight ahead jazz. His main influences are Donald "Duck" Dunn, John Entwistle, Lowell George and Mato Nanji(Indigenous). He is currently anchoring the "meat-grinder" for rock'n blues band- IIIrd Degree
Native of Kansas, Kent (Drums) came up playing drums at the blues clubs around Wichita, opening for Buddy Guy, Kenny Neal and Lucky Peterson, Coco Taylor, and Big Shoulders (from Chicago). Moved to Tulsa area in 2000 and have played with Calvin Youngblood, Curtis Moore, and BluesDogs (2006 Blues Society of Tulsa Blues Challenge Winners, 2009 Blues Challenge 2nd place), and for the past 3 years have been playing with Pipefull of Blues.
Joel (Lead Guitar/Vocals) has been playing professionally for live and session work for many years. He is proficient in many styles including Rock, Jazz, Blues, Country, Southern Rock, Classical and Folk. While living in Texas, Joel jammed with Ted Nugent, Jimmy Wallace and Bugs Henderson, and shared the stage with many artists including Tracy Byrd, Black Oak Arkansas, Three Dog Night and many more. Joel has been playing guitar since 1976, and attended Southwest Guitar Conservatory in 1985 where he studied with Jackie King and Herb Ellis. He was voted one of 10 best guitar players in Texas with the Buddy Magazine's "Texas Tornado" induction. This list included players such as Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Johnson and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, among many others. Joel has been rockin' the Tulsa and surrounding area music scene now for 15 years. Joel has won the Blues Society of Tulsa Best Lead in 2013.