Travels is Chris Vollstadt, Demetrius Steinmetz and Brian Kozak.
Travels' sound is best described as 'new acoustic music,' stepping away from the
traditional jazz ensemble repertoire to present a mellow blend of contemporary pop
music by artists such as Sting and Seal, and newer jazz compositions by Pat Metheny
and Ottmar Liebert. The aim of the group is to present contemporary music in an
unobtrusive yet fun way. The trio prides itself on its
professionalism, and always performs in a manner that is appropriate for the venue or
Chris Vollstadt's melodious tenor saxophone has been entertaining audiences since 1993. He received a Bachelor of Music Performance and Jazz Studies from Bowling Green State University. Upon graduation, he traveled the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America as a staff musician for Holland America and Royal Caribbean cruise lines. He then traveled to Branson, MO, where he worked on numerous productions including the “Ragtime Lil Show,” and “Branson City Lights." He has backed performers as varied as Jim Nabors, Nell Carter and Leslie Gore. Chris also arranges much of the music for 'Travels.'
Demetrius Steinmetz earned a Masters Degree in Music Performance from Bowling Green State University. Being an accomplished upright bass player has made him in demand by Cleveland saxophonist Ernie Krivda and the acclaimed New York Voices. He teaches jazz studies at Tri-C Community College and heads up the instrumental music program at Cleveland School of the Arts.
Brian Kozak is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Baldwin-Wallace College with degrees in Classical Guitar Performance. He studied with John Holmquist and Loris Chobanian. His Ensemble performances include Red (an orchestra), the Lorain County Civic Orchestra, and the Baldwin-Wallace Motet Choir. He has shared his love of teaching by being part of the Music faculty at Cuyahoga Community College since 1993 and Lorain County Community College since 1995. Along with many classical guitar appearances, Brian has performed with Latin American, jazz, pop and rock ensembles.