BIOGRAPHY
  1. Tod Engelhardt – trumpet
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    I began playing trumpet at the age of 12. As a graduate of Brother Martin High School, I played in the Crusader Band for 5 years. After attending Loyola University and Tulane Medical School, I completed a residency in Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, and I am a practicing Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon at East Jefferson General Hospital. I have been a member of the New Orleans Concert Band since 1991 and have performed with the New Orleans Civic Symphony. Dr. Menszer and I organized N.O. ARRYTHMIA in 2014.
  2. Gary Menszer - rhythm guitar, songwriter
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    I started playing guitar when I was 14. Three years later, I wrote my first song. Now I’m a cardiologist, but I haven’t stopped writing songs or playing music. I’ve played in several bands, but this is my first with a horn section. It’s great fun. It’s the kind of band I like to see when I go out to hear music.
  3. Joe Sims - lead guitar and lead vocals
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    I began playing the piano when I was 8 years old. From there, I moved on to saxophone, and eventually guitar at age 13. I been playing professionally in the New Orleans area for the last 20 years, from the Superdome, to Bourbon Street, to many areas of the Northshore and Mississippi Gulf Coast. After attending the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on a vocal scholarship for a while, I moved back to the New Orleans area to complete my education. I have worked at East Jefferson General Hospital since my graduation from nursing school.
  4. Darryl Jacob – trombone, music director
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  5. Lea Kottemann - bass, guitar, vocals
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    When I was about 8 years old my parents purchased a Silver Tone electric guitar that I began learning how to play. Mom was the artistic one in the family and dad was along for the ride. In my early Junior High School days a few of the local guys got together and started a band. Edmund Gazolve was already the guitar player but we needed a bass player. That's when my parents again supported me by helping me acquire an electric bass guitar. The band played at several Junior High School events back in the mid to late sixties. As time passed, I played in several other local groups in the area and eventually became a paid professional musician. I attended Southeastern Louisiana University with the intent of graduating with a music degree, but at the time, in 1974, the University only offered classical guitar taught by Doc Curlington who was a classical violinist and spoke with a heavy accent. After the second year, I decided to continue my career as a professional musician leaving the University. I took a 15 year break from music to raise my children as a single parent. I began playing again when asked by Duane Hunts to form a band at East Jefferson General Hospital called the Burnside Flashers. We performed locally at places like Relay for Life, Rock N Bowl, Southport Hall, Gretna Fest and Back to the Beach for a few years. Due to family and other responsibilities the group disbanded. About a year ago, another opportunity came to join N.O. Arrhythmia band composed mainly of health care professionals.
  6. Cory Firmin – sax
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    I was born in Lafayette, LA. I have been playing the saxophone since the fifth grade. I sing, play drums, piano, and trombone; however, my instrument is the sax. I am a 1997 alumni of the National Fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia "Men of Music." I became a radiographer in 2003; my education landed me here in the New Orleans area. Now a Cardiac Intervention Radiographer, my life is involved with many long, stressful days. Here in this music gumbo city of the world, I am surrounded by tons of music which soothes the soul, and always takes me back to my roots. My father has been playing music before I was even a thought. Growing up on Chicago, Tower of Power, and swamp pop lead me to love a genre of music far different than most of my friends. Yes, I do love my 80's, 90's, and current alternative rock, but I have always said that my musical roots slowly drew me here. Now, I live and play music in one of the greatest cities in the world.
  7. Ricky Howe – sax
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    My whole life has been spent in New Orleans. where I was born, raised, educated, so I’m a purebred “Yat.” I have always been connected to music...from my first instrument in 4th grade (the tonette), up to now…playing saxophone, flute, clarinet, and piano, but not all at the same time. (Ha! Ha!) While working as a pharmacist at East Jefferson General Hospital, I enjoy playing music as an avocation. I have played with many bands in New Orleans, including The New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra, the Victory Big Band at the National World War 2 Museum, the big band, Swingaroux, and the local community band, The New Orleans Concert Band. I have a very active lifestyle which includes Cajun, Zydeco, Swing, and Ballroom dancing, and when I find time, I like to play a round of golf and other sports. My ethnic background is a mix of both Chinese (my mother was born in Boston) and Hawaiian (my father was born in Honolulu)…so, you can say I’m a "Chi-waiian."
  8. Steve Tulino – drums, vocals
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    My mom used to catch me banging a rhythm on…everything…around the house, so I guess I could say music has been in my blood for as long as I can remember. Over the years I’ve been in numerous bands…from the North shore, to New Orleans and surrounding areas. It’s great to be able to contribute to the local music scene. Ahhhhh… “Music…Medicine for the Soul”.
  9. Duane Hunts - lead and background vocals
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    I have been a musician since the age of 7. I started out playing trumpet and put together my first jazz band while in grammar school playing for parades, school events, and the 1984 World's Fair. I continued my involvement with several different bands through college. In 2005, I organized an event for the American Cancer Society to include putting a rock cover band together for a one night only fundraiser. I put the trumpet away to front this new rock cover band. That event was such a success, that the band decided to continue as "The Burnside Flashers". The Flashers stayed together for the next 7 years playing at events such as Gretna Fest, Slidell Heritage Festival, Downtown Live After Five in Houma, American Cancer Society Relay for Life and Back to the Beach Fest. Today, I continue my vocal duties with N.O. ARRHYTHMIA and have enjoyed playing with this group adding a new style of music to my repertoire.
  10. Sarah Martzolf - Vocalist
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    My musical studies started at Louise S. McGehee where I performed in the choir and musical theatre productions, as well as the Ensemble and performed at various weddings and venues around New Orleans. After graduating from McGehee, I went on to Colorado College, where I majored in art as well as continued my musical studies, voice classes, and recitals performing in several languages. Moved back to New Orleans in 2003, I performed with the New Orleans Symphony Chorus from 2004-2006, and have been a member of "The Truffle Honeys", a 3-part female group since 2013, where we perform a variety of Broadway hits, to art songs, and jazz and blues. I have trained in many genres from opera to jazz, and I love it all. I am so excited to be performing with NOLA Arrhythmia-singing, a full band and the talent of all these guys is a blast!
Studio Services
Post Production
Music Composition
Suite Mix Studio in Slidell Louisiana, Sound Engineer and Owner George Cureau
 
Shot In the Dark
Written by Mary Mares, Gary Menszer & Dianne Garrand
What's On Your Mind
Written by Gary Menszer 
Double Dose of Sass
Written byGary Menszer & Jim McCormick
 
What's the Point Of Livin' If You Can't Have Fun
Written by Gary Menszer & Jim McCormick