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The One and All Band:
Bill West (Music Coordinator)
(Disciples of Christ)
Bill West, Music Coordinator
Bill is a graduate of West Virginia University (BME) and the University of Michigan (MM). Bill came to the Bloomington-Normal community in 1982 to join the faculty of the School of Music at Illinois Wesleyan. Bill’s wife, Jill, is a real estate agent in town, and they are the proud parents of two adult children, Ellen and Matthew. Bill is also currently on the staff of one cat whose name is Gatsby.
Bill and Jill became active at FCC upon relocating to B-N. Bill has been on the music team for 25 years, beginning with the introduction of the New Life service. These days, Bill serves as the Music Coordinator for One and All.
Alexandra Fisher-vocals, guitar, ukulele
Alexandra “Alex” Fisher is a multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter from the Chicago suburbs. In 2009, Alex made the jump to Bloomington/Normal, IL to pursue a degree in elementary education at Illinois State University. Music became a focal point in her life and in 2013 she traded in her textbooks for booking binders to pursue music full time.
Currently self-employed as the leading lady in the indie pop/alternative band called Alex and the XO’s; she manages, books, performs, and writes music full time. Alex and the XO's have broken genre barriers through Alexandra's use of the electric ukulele. She also loves playing guitar, mallet percussion, and piano. The XO’s have released 2 full length albums, 1 EP since 2014, and are currently writing a new album projected for release in 2017.
Alex finds pride in DIY musicianship. She is endorsed by Kamoa Ukuleles, Mick’s Picks, and actively serves marketing campaigns as an “Elite Artist” for a multinational ukulele distribution company called Kala Brand Music Company.
Alex and the XO’s are embarking on their 5th national headlining tour in November of 2016. In between national tours, Alex and the XO’s gig regionally as much as possible. Notably, Alex has performed for artists such as: The Strumbellas (Grammy Award Winning), Sponge, Vertical Horizon, and many more!
Since 2015 Alexandra has served in the FCC One and All Band, and has wholeheartedly enjoyed the experience since its fruition. She believes that FCC is an incredible addition to her life and is very thankful for the open arms and warm hearts that have welcomed her into this church.
Nick Gizzi-vocals, guitar, percussion
John Larson (volunteer)-percussion, guitar, bass
John Larson has been a member of the FCC music ministry since 1997, serving as drummer/percussionist with the “New Life” contemporary worship music group, then as bass player/drummer with the “NrGized!” worship band and also as trumpet player with the Faithful Sounds concert band. He currently serves as drummer/bassist/guitarist with the One and All worship band.
Trenton Perry-bass, mandolin, ukulele