Who is The SPECIAL EDITION Band?
Special Edition is a premier Dallas party band that takes great pride in being able to offer a great variety of musical styles–performed by seasoned musicians–to its clients and listeners. Specializing in everything from Dance/Pop (Top 40), R&B, Rock and Jazz to Country, Funk and Hip-hop, The Special Edition Band is available for weddings, private parties corporate events and club dates and will customize an array of musical preferences for each client or venue. The group is primarily available in nine-piece or ten-piece configurations, featuring amazing vocalists, full rhythm section, and a spectacular horn-section.
The Special Edition Band delivers the highest quality and most stylistic versatility of any musical unit available, with an extreme attention to detail and client service.
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BRANDI SMITH: Vocalist
Brandi’s career in the entertainment industry began at an early age in the film and television industry in Los Angeles, including recurring roles on shows such as “The Wonder Years,” Who’s The Boss?” and “Fatal Friendships.”
Soon Brandi discovered her real passion in music. Starting with national tours with the “Young Americans,” Brandi honed her craft as a lead vocalist and stage performer. Subsequently Ms. Smith began to focus her efforts on Country music and began traveling to Nashville where she was employed songwriting and recording with some of Nashville’s industry leaders. Through her association with West Coast Music, Brandi also spent several years performing with and for artists and celebrities such as Kate Beckinsale, Fergie, Josh Duhamel, Kevin Costner, Pete Yorn, Chad Michael Murray, Sophia Bush, DJ AM, Wynonna Judd, Larry Carlton, Michael MacDonald, and many others.
In 2007, Brandi shifted to another side of the entertainment business and launched an event production company, “High Society Event Planning,” which continues to produce both social and corporate events in the LA/Southern California area and beyond. Brandi Smith began performing with Special Edition shortly after her arrival in the DFW-area in early 2020. She is also co-owner of “Society Music & Sound,” a variety-band that provides talent for high end events, and is also co-owner of “SMITH,” a much sought after Country-Pop-Rock band based in Orange County, CA.
D-MAC: Vocalist / Percussion
A professional singer and former MCA recording artist with MAC BAND, D-MAC lends his sultry, soulful vocals and powerful percussion across many genres of music. D-MAC appears all over the Dallas/Ft. Worth region with popular bands (notable Special Edition and the FM Band) in local hotspots as well as private parties and weddings.
One of the joys in his life is singing with his brothers in “The McCampbell Brothers” gospel band. D-MAC has been an influential musical presence serving on worship teams at various high-profile churches in the Dallas-area, including a lengthy stint leading worship for the contemporary service at Stonebridge United Methodist Church in McKinney, Texas.
D-MAC has extensive experience as a recording session singer, as well as in composing and arranging music for radio and television jingles. His impact on the surrounding community even extends to teaching basketball and leadership skills to children through his “D-MAC’s Hoops Camps.” When not performing, D-MAC enjoys watching Michigan football and playing basketball in various leagues.
KELLEY LIDDLE: Vocalist
Kelley Liddle has been in the Dallas music scene since 2015. Growing up as a musical theater performer in her local community theaters and schools, she had a passion for performing. Although she eventually chose and trained to become an RN professionally, she has never stopped performing. She found herself singing in wine bars and restaurants in her spare time, and quickly made connections in the Dallas professional music scene.
Since that time Kelley has performed with many prestigious bands, including the Big Daddy Band, Professor D, the Jordan Khan Music company, and now with The Special Edition Band.
Her performing experiences have taken her from intimate settings to exquisite, top-tier gala events all over the country in places like New York, Las Vegas, Key West, Colorado, and many more. Kelley Liddle’s powerful and dynamic vocal range gives her the ability to perform many genres, including Rock, Disco, R & B, Pop, Jazz and more, with engaging dance moves and stage-craft to match!
MATTHEW JOHNSON: Vocalist / Guitar
Born and raised in Texas, Matthew Johnson’s earliest formative musical experiences lead to studies at the prestigious University of North Texas School of Music. Shortly after college, Matthew moved to Los Angeles where he formed his critically acclaimed, progressive rock power trio, Doctor M. During his time in LA Matthew Johnson collaborated, recorded and performed with the rock band Great White, and even co-wrote several of the band’s hit songs. Eventually Matthew accepted an invitation to assume lead guitar position with Great White for extensive tours of both the U.S. and Europe. When not on tour Mr. Johnson also held a steady “house gig” in Manhattan Beach, which put him in weekly contact jamming and recording with some of the world’s most renowned rock/pop and studio musicians.
In 2007, Matthew returned to Texas, accepting a tour offer from Austin artist Patrice Pike, of Sister Seven (on Arista Records). Patrice had just appeared in the 2006 CBS television show, Rock Star: Supernova. Following a four year stint with Patrice Pike, Mr. Johnson reconnected with Great White, and spent most of 2012 and 2013 playing sold out shows all over the US and Canada.
Since returning to the Dallas area, Matthew Johnson has also been actively involved with its local/regional music scene, with artists and bands such as Redbone, The Molly Maguires, May Lee Thomas, Filet of Soul, Texas Flood, and more. He is also continually active as studio musician and producer for album projects, film/media and commercials and jingles. Mr. Johnson performed for three years with Special Edition in 2014 – 2017 and then returned in 2020 to bring his unique persona and blend of skills to the SEB stage!
JOHN ADAMS: Band-leader /
Manager / Bassist / Arranger
As an accomplished acoustic and electric bassist, John Adams is one of the Southwest’s most versatile and in-demand musicians. Adams holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of North Texas, where for ten years he was the jazz bass instructor. He is also active as producer, arranger, composer, music contractor, lecturer and workshop clinician. Since 2005 he has led the “Special Edition Band,” a high-energy, eclectic party/dance band.
Through his bassistonline.com website, John provides bass parts for recording clients of every musical genre ranging across the US, as well as internationally. He has backed and/or recorded for a wide array of artists from vocalists Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney, Phil Driscoll, and Wayne Watson, to jazz artists such as Woody Herman, Randy Brecker, Marvin Stamm, Joe McBride, Bobby Lyle, Carl Fontana, Chet Baker, Clark Terry, Dave Liebman, and others. His broad musical background has also included symphonic and pit/show work.
Through his independent Congruent Music label, Adams has released eight highly acclaimed and widely varied CD projects, including “John and Mark’s Excellent Rock Adventure,” (2012), and which is not only enjoyable to listen to, but also includes a unique instructional/play-along component. The seven jazz CD projects have received radio airplay on over 160 stations nationwide, and have been prominently featured on various online radio formats. Each of these projects presents the listener with unique originals, stunning arrangements, and vaious instrumentation combinations, each with a compelling musical rapport.
STEVE HAMMOND: Keyboard / Vocalist
Born and raised in El Paso, TX, Steve Hammond holds music degrees from University of North Texas and University of Texas-El Paso. His broad performance background has taken him into a huge variety of genres and settings, including solo pianist, jazz orchestras, Top-40/party bands, to gospel/contemporary worship music and more.
Steve has been in DFW since 2007 and in addition to his work with The Special Edition Band, he maintains an active schedule as a private instructor, recording musician and freelance performer. His blend of technical and music expertise, along with his knowledge of state-of-the-art keyboard/synthesizer technology make Steve Hammond a valuable asset to every ensemble.
REGGIE DUNN: Drums
A native of Los Angeles, CA, Reginald “Reggie” Dunn is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, with exceptional skills on drums, bass, guitar and keyboards. He constantly exhibits stylistic versatility and musical knowledge far beyond his level of formal instruction, based on his numerous professional experiences. Reggie’s talents were routinely called upon around the Los Angeles area for events in venues ranging from concert halls and festival stages to hotels and churches until he relocated to Dallas in 1999.
While in Dallas, Reggie has continued to hone his craft, having performed and recorded with multiple artists and ensembles. Currently as the drummer of The Special Edition Band, Reggie locks in the rock-steady grooves that keep the band in sync and the audiences engaged. He brings a passionate creativity to every show and performs with a magical blend of fiery technique and light-hearted attitude that is contagious.
…and meet our spectacular, smokin’ Horn-Section, THE SPECIAL EDITION HORNS:
DON BOZMAN: Trombone
Don Bozman holds music degrees from Midwestern State University and from Michigan State University. During his college years he was a member of both the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. Following his studies, Don toured with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, as well as national tours of “The 1940’s Radio Hour,” “The Student Prince,” and “The Desert Song,” and other productions.
Once settled in the Dallas-area, Mr. Bozman joined and eventually was leader of “Dallas Brass & Electric,” which for 20 years was one of the region’s most heralded party/cover bands. Mr. Bozman has also held leadership posts in church music, and has been playing trombone and arranging for the Daystar Television Network since 2004. In addition to playing in Special Edition, Don Bozman performs with the Dallas Jazz Orchestra and numerous other units. His free-lance work has included performances with legendary artists such as Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Wayne Newton, Pearl Bailey, Louis Belson, Bob Hope, B.J. Thomas, and many others.
WILL NATHMAN: Saxophone
Will Nathman is a saxophonist born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. He is currently pursuing a Jazz Studies degree at the University of North Texas, and is a member of the prestigious One O’Clock Lab Band, playing tenor in the 2018 and 2019 bands, and currently playing 2nd alto as of Fall 2019.
Will was lead tenor player in the Disneyland All-American College Band in the summer of 2018, and was invited to return as the group’s Teaching Assistant in the summer of 2019.
Will joined The Special Edition Band in August 2019, adding his sweet sound, fiery solos, and sense of humor to the horn section. In addition to performing in the horn section for The Special Edition Band, Mr. Nathman also frequently appears as a freelance musician and instructor in the DFW area.
GREGORY NEWMAN: Trumpet
Gregory Newman is a trumpet player and educator based in the DFW area. A graduate of the University of North Texas, he was a member of the Grammy-Nominated One O’Clock Lab Band for two years, and recorded with the group on their 2018 and 2019 albums. He was awarded second prize in the prestigious 2018 National Trumpet Competition in the Jazz Division.
Gregory has been playing with Special Edition since March 2019, and heartily contributes to the energy and enthusiasm that the band brings to every performance! His sizzling sound and fluid improvisations make him a valued asset. In addition to performing in the horn section for The Special Edition Band, Mr. Newman also appears frequently as a jazz artist and freelance musician around the DFW area.
The SPECIAL EDITION Band
What do you get when you combine the talents, skills, versatility, rapport, professionalism, passion, and exuberance of some of the absolutely finest studio-musicians and vocalists in the Southwest into one band? The answer is: something special, The Special Edition Band that is!
Led bassist/producer John Adams, The Special Edition Band is the one of the hottest, most adaptable and diverse, and reputable units for live-entertainment from the DFW-area, and provides the services of some the most experienced and established musicians in the business.
The Special Edition Band performs a unique blend of classic to current music ranging from jazz, to pop-dance, to rock, and can accommodate an array of musical preferences for each client or venue. The group is primarily available in nine-piece or ten-piece configurations, featuring amazing vocalists, full rhythm section, and a spectacular horn section.
The ever-growing list of satisfied clients includes: Jerry Jones and The Dallas Cowboys, The Arlington Margarita Ball, The Dallas Country Club, Northwood Club, The Four Seasons Resort, The City Clubs of Dallas and Fort Worth, The Tower Club, The Hotel St. Germain, The Trophy Club, Westin Stonebriar Hotel, The Warwick Melrose, The Park City Club of Dallas, Vaquero Golf Club, and many, many others!
The resumes of the performers runs an impressive gamut from touring with artists such as Lee Ann Rhimes, Kirk Whalum, Tony Bennett, Woody Herman, Mel Torme, Kirk Franklin, Jerry Jeff Walker, Joe McBride, and others, to recording thousands of pieces of music for broadcast, to posts at Dallas’ Crescent Court Hotel, the jazz faculty at the University of North Texas, and more. Their bust schedule of engagements include every high-profile venue in the DFW-area, such as The Four Seasons Resort, The Dallas Arboretum, City Place, The Dallas and Fort Worth Petroleum Clubs, The Worthington-Renaissance Hotel, The Mansion on Turtle Creek, and others, as well as appearances at festivals, concert series and special events of all kinds.
The Special Edition Band delivers the highest quality and most stylistic versatility of any musical unit available, with an extreme attention to detail and client service. Let them serve you when you want entertainment that’s something special!