Meet the T-Tones
We are always striving to recruit the best musicians in town. Every single T-Tone member was handpicked not only because of their amazing talent but their rocking personalities to boot. Check out who we've got working with us now!
Marianna Schuck is delighted to be joining the T-Tones alongside a wonderful cast of singers and musicians! Recently back in the US after 5 years in Paris, France, where she performed opera and musical theater with "Broadway in Paris" and sang in historic venues that included the Palace of Versailles. Favorite productions include leads in The Sound of Music, Into the Woods, Lost in Yonkers, The Magic Flute, Summer and Smoke and several brand-new musicals in Europe, NYC and LA. She is currently singing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and working on Film and TV productions around the South. Marianna is a graduate of Yale University and NYU Tisch Atlantic Theater Conservatory.
When not performing, Marianna makes use of her MBA in international communications: writing copy in multiple languages and running leadership seminars for executives. She incorporates acting and singing techniques into all aspects of her work.
- Mezzo / Business Manager
Jennifer brings 20+ years of musical theater experience along with 10+ years of dance training in tap, jazz and ballroom to The T Tones. While raising her two sons over the past 20+ years, she has kept music as a priority in her life. For over 10 years, she sang with St. Brigid’s prestigious choir, which included a trip to Rome, Italy to sing for Pope Benedict. She was part of a team of 5 women who wrote, directed and produced 3 Cabaret style shows at St. Brigid to raise money for the Music Ministry. She also sang for 4+ years with Satin Alley Jazz, a jazz choral ensemble, the last two of which she also acted as the business manager. Throughout her involvement with these groups, she has also continued her study in vocal technique, leading to becoming a member of the Johns Creek Chorale. She is thrilled to be a part of The T Tones, which was an inspiration from her husband, Mike, who joined her as founding members of The T Tones. After completing the vocal ensemble with two friends from the Johns Creek Chorale, her love of music and theater has come full circle in being partof The T Tones!
Kelly is thrilled to be joining the T-Tones and has wanted to join forces in a tight harmony trio for a long time. In addition to regularly singing and playing piano with the Atlanta Freedom Jazz Band, Kelly finds time to play flute and piccolo in concert and marching bands, demonstrating a diverse array of musical talents.
Kelly received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in music theater from Columbia College Chicago and is an alum of Interlochen Arts Academy and the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts. Career highlights include Mayzie in Seussical, Cassie in A Chorus Line, Raina in Arms and the Man, Georgeanne in Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, as well as performing as some of the most well-known characters in Disney World and SeaWorld in Orlando. When not performing, Kelly works as a school based mental health therapist with CHRIS 180, teaches voice, piano and flute lessons and enjoys spending time with husband Frank and their dogs Snickers and Bear.
Mike Natchus - Director / Drums / Lighting and Sound Design
Accustomed to wearing many hats, Mike has played with, recorded and staged countless artists in many genres. He has received formal training in music theory, drums and percussion, bass and sound engineering and recording since an early age and through numerous collegiate programs at Old Dominion University, Va Tech and Stanford University. In addition to playing drums with numerous rock and country bands while at Va Tech and Stanford, he also built and ran a successful live sound and lighting company to help support himself. While living in Cincinnati, he was the principal drummer for the Procter and Gamble Big Band for 7 years and played in numerous jazz and rock ensembles. Since moving to Atlanta in 2001, he has been involved in numerous bands, recording projects and cabaret shows. Inspired by his work with Atlanta Plays it Forward and the positive impact the organization is having on the North Atlanta music community, he cofounded The T Tones with his wife Jennifer in 2015. Partnering with some of the areas finest singers and jazz musicians, the T Tones are now a uniquely entertaining ensemble that stands alone in the North Atlanta Community as a postmodern, dance experience.
Michael Duff - Piano / Keyboard
Michael Duff os a world class pianist and director who has spent the majority of a 30+ year touring with numerous high-profile Broadway shows, highlighted by 3 years as Musical Director for Phantom of the Opera. Included in his prestigious list of theatrical engagements, he also served ss musical director for Cats, West Side Story, The King and I, Les Miserables, The King and I, 42nd Street, and numerous others.
Having retired from touring in 2020, The T Tones are privileged to work with him as he returns to his pianist roots and applies his considerable talents to music of The T Tones.
David Leitson - Guitar
David's musical roots began when hearing early rock and roll on the radio and listening to his grandmother's Broadway record albums. After dabbling in cornet, piano, and drums, he picked up his older brother's nylon-string guitar and has been in awe of the instrument ever since.
Fingerpicking led David to his first folk-music professional gigs, followed by playing electric guitar in clubs in Gainesville, Florida. He became fascinated with jazz guitar and played in the University of Florida jazz band in his senior year.
After moving to Atlanta, he continued to play guitar in various settings, write songs, and learn to play the tenor banjo. David played guitar with the Alpharetta City Band for three years and is currently a member of the Roswell New Horizons Band, playing big-band jazz and swing tunes.
As guitarist for the T Tones, David appreciates the group's fellowship and the variety of songs, from jazz standards to country, from easy listening to old-time rock and roll.
Dave "Zibby" Zibman - Bass
Dave hails from Miami and has been playing bass since he was fifteen. He has played with a host of talented artists over the years, including Larry Dermer (Miami Sound Machine, Gloria Estefan, Foxy), Glenn Tocci (George McCrae), Neil Cloud (Rabbit, Trevor Rabin, Peter Frampton), Barry Seiver (The Cichlids, Charlie Pickett, Savoy Brown), Mick Fazz (Critical Mass), Richard Huxen (Lift, Shiva Tribe), Charlie Pickett (Charlie Pickett & The Eggs), Pete Signore (The Cichlids), Emrah Kotan (India Arie), Ruth King and Al Broomfield.
In the early 1980's Dave's band (Cheeks, a/k/a Bugsy) was a sought-after dance band and worked all over the state of Florida. In the 1990's, Dave was the anchor of the highly popular Atlanta band "The Reasons". Once The Reasons split in 1996, Dave handled the bass duties on The Reasons' lead singer's (Rich Millett) releases. Dave formed The FlyCats (Jazz) in 2008. In 2021, Dave and Rich (a/k/a Wilson Quick) recorded a self-produced album under the project name "Assisted Living".
Zibby is excited to be the bottom feeder of The T Tones!
frequent guest musicians
Marty Martin - trumpet / vocals
A graduate of Berklee School of Music, Marty brings an exceptional brilliant mastery of trumpet. Also appearing regularly with The Ruby Reds, his rich gravelly voice and stage presence is always a crowd pleaser.
Darrell Jefferson - Trombone
Darrell started playing trombone at an early age and perfected the craft in high school and college ensembles. He now remains active in numerous Atlanta bands including Little Big Band Atlanta.
Scott Paretti - Woodwinds
Having been born and raised in New Orleans, Scott Paretti has been emersed in the sounds of Dixieland, jazz, rockabilly and blues for the best part of a lifetime.
Technical Production by JennEvents, Inc
The T Tones recognize that even a brilliant musical performance can be ruined by "technical difficulties". Our sound and lighting system is a digital, state-of-the art production that consistently delivers a crystal clear audio visual experience at volume levels appropriate tailored for any size venue or audience demographic. You never have to worry about The T Tones over-powering a subtle event or under-powering your concert or dance.
Our production system and technical team, owned and operated by JennEvents (managing director, Mike Natchus), is contracted regularly to support numerous festivals and concert series in town. JennEvents has accordingly worked with and been praised by some of the highest profile events and bands in North Atlanta. Click below to learn more about JennEvents and how they may be a good fit to support your series or event.