The Plumes consist of a group of very talented artists who are also long time friends.
Performing together over the years in many different combinations they now seek to synergize their talent to create amazing weddings in Philadelphia.
Meet The Plumes® Leader and Members:
BANDLEADER/ VOCALIST/ BASSIST
Alison Paige “AlyCat”
Alison's performance career started at age 3 where she began working in television and professional theatre. She had leads in an off-broadway production of “Annie” and “Sound of Music” in her early years. She was also featured regularly singing on television shows such as “Al Albert’s Showcase” and “Focus Delaware." Alison has performance experience touring all over the U.S with her band, AlyCat, and also internationally known recording artist David Bromberg and Angel Band. She has shared the stage with national acts such as Rusted Root, G. Love and Special Sauce, Levon Helm, Joan Osborne, David Bromberg, Kenny Rogers, The Heavy Pets, and many more.
Alison has recorded 4 albums with her band AlyCat and has recorded vocals for countless other bands including Angel Band. In 2014, she co-founded the popular children’s music group Jump, Jive, & Jam and has recorded 3 albums of children’s music with them. Alison has extensive experience with wedding reception performances and under CTO’s guidance seeks to make every wedding performance specular!
Meg is a high school choral teacher by day, musician by night. She started out in wedding and event bands and currently works as a professional jazz and classical vocalist. Other projects include the original band Von Roz, which she co-leads with guitarist and husband John Von Glaubitz, and the Hot Club of Philadelphia.
VOCALIST & ACOUSTIC GUITARIST
Ashton John is a singer/song writer local to the Philadelphia area and has been performing professionally for over 10 years. He attended the University of the Arts with a focus in acting and a minor in music composition. When he’s not playing solo or with The plumes on the weekends, he can be found hosting two of Philadelphia’s best open mics.
About John Von Glaubitz
John is a music therapist by day and a musician by night. A veteran of the Philly music scene, John has performed, toured, and recorded with a wide array of artists including Von Roz, AlyCat, Soraia, Dante Bucci, and many others.
VOCALIST / KEYBOARDIST / WRITER / PRODUCER
Kenneth ‘Kalah’ Higginbotham
A native of Philadelphia; an artist, pianist/keyboardist/synthesist, and an Emmy nominated producer. He studied music at, and graduated from, The University of Pennsylvania; earning his bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts.
His influences range from Oscar Peterson and Count Basie to Herbie Hancock, Sting, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, and others. He has played for and performed with artists such as Billy Paul, Dee Dee Sharp, Barbara Mason, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, The Intruders, The Miracles, the rock group Hit The Ground Runnin’, Freddie Jackson, The Ebonys, and the legendary R&B group CHANGE.
He currently works with The Dirty Dance Band, The Psychedelic Pimps, Earth Wonder Fire (Earth, Wind and Fire / Stevie Wonder tribute band), and a host of other groups including The Plumes, a local original group. He divides his time between performing, film scoring, and producing various styles of music along with creating other forms of multimedia through his company Spats Productions, Inc.
PERCUSSION & TRUMPET
The Impeccable German Jazz / Latin Trumpeter
It all began at the age of 15 with a love of the majestic sound of the Spanish trumpet and the Latin rhythms which hypnotized Jeffrey Wallis Vonstenz. After spending years perfecting his unique horn style, Jeffrey decided that it was time to form a top Jazz / Latin group. The magic then began.
This band of great musicians included Jorge Vargas of Cuba, Anero Diaz of Panama, Pablo Cintron of Puerto Rico,and Jonas Heinz of Germany a few of the great gifted players.
Jeff’s performances with these top musicians rode on top of the super dance rhythms and perfectly combined into a uniquely powerful sound. Vargas called him the ‘Viking’ . This evolved into his current nickname that stuck among the other musicians and how he is referred to today…El Rubio.
Frank "Frizz" Lester
Frank is a proven musician. He has trained and worked with some of the greatest musicians and artists in the international music industry. He's guaranteed to captivate an audience with his passion, energy, and musical ingenuity. Whether its being a musical director, drummer, or dj rest assure your event will be remembered! Come experience the Experience!
Drummer and technician for the following recording artists: Damon Marley, Floetry; Erykah Badhu; Musiq Soul Child; Kanye West; Brian McKight; Jaheim; Kindred The Family Soul; M.I.A; Jill Scott; Common; Bilal; Jaguar Wright; Glenn Lewis; Cypress Hill, Tamika Patton; Tye Tribett; Billy Paul; Stylistics; Intruders; C.T.O Wedding Blind Date Band; G2 Band; and DSC DJ Services, and more...