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About The Band

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Saxophonist, composer, and band leader Dan O'Reilly is a member of the music faculty at Coastal Carolina University where he teaches saxophones, jazz, and popular music.  His soulful saxophone has been featured on the internet radio program "Born in the Carolina's Live" as well as on "Southern Style" and "Coastal Today" television.  Dan has performed extensively at the House of Blues, and has appeared with the Four Tops, the Temptations, Lou Rawls, and Frankie Valli; in addition to opening for such artists as B.B. King, Delbert McClinton, and the Doobie Brothers.  Prior to moving to South Carolina, Dan could be seen performing on stages in New York City and the Hamptons.  He is happily married to Lisa, the vocalist of U-N-I.

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Piano player William Hamilton is a recently retired professor of music from Coastal Carolina University, where he composed the school's Alma Mater.  He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan.  William can often be heard performing with "Swingtime - The Myrtle Beach Big Band" and has also appeared with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.  In addition to playing piano, he also enjoys composing original jazz music and singing choral works.  William's influences include Herbie Hancock, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, and Vince Guaraldi.  He is happily married to Ann and has two adult sons, Chris and Matthew.

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Bassist Denny Hess began his professional music career at the age of 15, and was soon performing with both the George Mason University and James Madison University Jazz Bands.  He is a sought after studio musician who has appeared on numerous CD projects, backing up vocalists as well as instrumentalists.  In addition to performing with U-N-I, Denny also gigs with his own original group, the Denny Hess Trio.  His music is available on his CD titled Gypsy.  Denny believes strongly in sharing his passion for music with a new generation, and has often coached the rhythm section of the Coastal Carolina University Jazz After Hours Big Band.  He recently returned from a series of engagements in Germany where he performed his original compositions to enthusiastic audiences.  Denny has two beautiful daughters, Heather and Crystal.

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Vocalist Lisa O'Reilly is the newest member of the band, and she gives credit for her vocal style to her mother, who sang professionally during the Big Band years of the 1940's.  Lisa's influences include Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole, Sarah Vaughn, and Diana Krall.  Audience members have compared her expressive vocals to Peggy Lee and Linda Ronstadt.  "For me", Lisa says about her singing, "it's all about the lyrics, and being emotionally honest.  My job is to tell the story in a way that truly connects with the audience."  She is happy to be married to the band's saxophone player.

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Drummer Mike Knight is the principle percussionist with the Long Bay Symphony, and received his music degrees from USC and the University of North Texas.  He is an acclaimed solo performer and clinician on steel drums and other world music instruments.  Mike has been a featured performer at the South Carolina Music Educator's Association Conference (SCMEA) and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC).  He has also appeared at the Texas Music Educator's National Conference and the 2008 South Carolina Jazz Festival.  Mike is the percussion coordinator for both Carolina Forest High School and St. James High School.  His family includes his wife Niccole and his two wonderful sons, Michael and Alex.




Pianist, vocalist, composer & arranger Andrew Fowler received a B.A. (piano performance) and M.A (music theory) from the University of South Carolina, and a Ph.D. (music theory) from the University of Texas at Austin.  The music he writes reflects his wide ranging interests in music of all kinds, from Beck to Bartok, to Bach.  As a performer, his varied repertoire spans a similarly broad compass of musical styles, although he is best known along the Grand Strand region for his piano/vocal stylings of the Great American Songbook tradition.  He is Music Director at Trinity United Methodist Church in Conway, SC, and serves on the music faculty at  Coastal Carolina University (teaching theory).  He is also Music Director of the South Strand Community Chorus.  Fowler's "Directions for Singing (for mixed chorus, soloists, and orchestra) received as enthusiastic world premier at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center in February, 2007.  Commissioned on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of Charles Wesley's birth, the hour-long work reflects Fowler's interest in creating new ways of combining musical, theatrical, and narrative elements,  His wife Scarlet, is the Upper School Assistant Principle and College Counselor for Chistian Academy, Myrtle Beach.

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 - Dan & Lisa O'Reilly

U-N-I has been a preferred entertainment choice for some of the Grand Strand's most exclusive venues and clientele.

Ocean Club at Grande Dunes
Grand Strand Resorts at Barefoot Landing
Litchfield Carriage House
Brookgreen Gardens
Georgetown Cultural Arts Society
Burroughs & Chapin Art Museum
Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center
Litchfield Beach Club
La Belle Amie Vineyard
Croissants
Dunes Golf and Beach Club
North Eastern Strategic Alliance of SC
Westgate Resort
Premier Resorts at Barefoot
Baywatch Resort
Marriott at Grande Dunes
Thompson & Henry Law Firm
Bella Napoli
Marketing Strategies, Inc.
Jay Rowe Events & Weddings
Kristen Newman Designs, Charleston SC
First Presbyterian Church
McElveen Designs
La Festa Ristorante Italiano and Piano Bar
Turner, Padget, Graham, and Laney P.A.
Myrtle Beach Hilton
Kingston Plantation Bridal Showcase
Dupont World Amateur Golf Tournament
Dock Street Communities "Make Music" Jazz Concert Series
Market Commons Valor Park Concert Series
Scatori's Italian Restaurant
Le Grand's Prime
Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce President's Gala
The American Heart Association Heart Ball
Travinia Italian Kitchen, Market Commons
The ICE Awards, Palace Theater
Catholic Education in South Carolina Fundraiser, Hilton Head
Pawley's Plantation
Barnes & Noble
Ocean Reef Resort
Grande Dunes Member's Club
Litchfield Exchange
Springmaid Resorts
Maison-Sur-Mer
Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday
D.R. Horton Incorporated
The Red Hat Ladies
Coastal Carolina University Golf Team
Dye Club at Barefoot Resort
Myrtle Beach Train Depot
SC Worker's Compensation Educational Association
Tidelands Community Hospice, Inc.
Waccamaw Youth Center
Ripley's Aquarium

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