Sounds of Summer

On the fourth Sunday of the Summer months of June, July, August and September, Desert Palms invites in a special musician or musical group. The guest musician/s are invited to play musical pieces during worship and then 15 minutes after the conclusion of worship our special guests put on a concert.

Morning Schedule:

  9:30am    Worship
10:45am    Concert (free-will offering received)
11:45am    Lunch following the concert. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance.

2022 Season - Be sure to put these dates on your calendars!

June 26 - Dan Reed and Riz Smith and Les Paul Roque play Jazz, Gospel, Rhythm and Blues

Dan Reed began playing the trumpet at age nine and went on to graduate from Indiana University with a degree in Music Performance. Dan has played for many prestigious events and even traveled with Carnival Cruise Lines for 20 years. He moved to Arizona in 2011 and draws fans wherever he plays

Dan Reed, Riz and Les PaulRiz Smith is an entertainer who hails from Gilbert. He runs a production company called Koodbitroo Productions and plays drums and sings in a variety of different genres. Riz loves performing music and aims to never take his spotlight for granted.

Les Paul Roque is “The People’s Piano Player” from New Jersey. He has traveled the globe playing with different groups such as Sister Sledge and Luther Ingram, and he worked as a musical director with Mr. Billy Paul. Les Paul says about his talent, “My love for the piano came once I learned my talent was a gift from God.” He was nominated for a Grammy with his album Dare 2B Dif’rent.

July 24 - Dan Reed's Dixieland Hotshots

Dan Reed has played with some of the hottest musicians in the Valley. He adopted as his personal theme 'Keeping It Fun' and that no doubt explains why he was a big hit on cruise ships for 20 years and was Music Director on the original 'Love Boat' for many years. Dan is excited to perform Traditional Jazz music with this awesome line up of incredibly talented musicians.

Elliot Ventimiglia has enjoyed music all his life, but Dixieland found a special place in his heart over the years. Attending college at Ottawa University, he majored in music education, and during that time he joined a brass band that sparked his love for Dixieland and allowed him to finally play both clarinet and sax in a jazz setting. He has continued playing with different Second Line and Dixieland Bands, as well as starting up his own band called the Funkhaus Brass Band.

Ken Levine started at a very young age watching his parents dancing to swing music, which started his love affair with swing dancing. When he picked up the trombone and started taking lessons, he was exposed to all styles of swing music, and was drawn to Dixieland because it is truly good ole’ dancing and party music! He eventually started his first Dixieland Band called "Chez’ Dixie" in 1995, and now is the co-leader/singer for The Funkhaus Brass Band based out of Phoenix Arizona.

Holly Channell is a drummer currently on her last semester of her master’s degree in jazz performance at ASU. She works with Phoenix Jazz Girls Rising, which is a non-profit helping girls 10 and older learn jazz music. She has played on Off Broadway and with many jazz artists including pianist Benny Green.

Megan Marshall is a musician born and raised in the Peoria area. She has her degree in jazz performance (guitar) and has been in the professional music scene of Arizona for the last six years, specializing in musical theater, church, and jazz gigs.

Nicole Pesce is a pianist, composer, and arranger from Phoenix, AZ. She has played for many celebrities, including Muhammad Ali, Jimmy Carter, and George Bush Sr. She has composed over 300 songs, and she is considered “one of the top ten musicians to hear in Phoenix” (Arizona Republic).

August 28 - Jonathan Okseniuk

Jonathan Okseniuk PhotoViolinist Jonathan Okseniuk has been performing as a soloist since the age of four. As a competitor, Jonathan has placed first in many national and local competitions. Most recently, he was named first place laureate in the Junior Division of the 2022 Sphinx Competition, national winner in the 2022 Music Teachers National Association Senior String Competition, first in the Phoenix Youth Symphony Young Musicians Concerto Competition Senior Division and the 2022 Arizona Musicfest String Competition – Division II. To share his gift of music, Jonathan donates his talent by performing at community events. He also volunteers his time by participating in the music ministry at his church.


OlgaGorelikfotoOlga Gorelik was born in Minsk, Belarus and upon immigrating to the United States attended the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. This season she has joined the Arizona Masterworks chorale as their collaborative pianist. Ms. Gorelik maintains an active career as a solo and chamber musician, while serving as a devoted mentor to her students. Chamber music has been a significant part of Ms. Gorelik’s education and performance career. Most recently, she joined the artists in residence roster at the Trinity Cathedral in downtown Phoenix as a member of the Urban Nocturnes chamber ensemble. Olga and her husband Owen reside in Central Phoenix with their two young daughters Veronica and Saffron and rescue cats Pistol and Tybalt.

September 25 - Nicole Pesce

NicolePNicole Pesce is a pianist, composer, and arranger from Phoenix, AZ. She has played for many celebrities, including Muhammad Ali, Jimmy Carter, and George Bush Sr. She has composed over 300 songs, and she is considered “one of the top ten musicians to hear in Phoenix” (Arizona Republic).


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