Meet the members of Hammerstein

Andreas Beckett, Vocals

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ANDREAS BECKETT (Band leader, singer) is an accomplished international performer whose work includes stage, film, television and opera.  Operatic appearances include ALFREDO in LA TRAVIATA, THE DUKE in RIGOLETTO, FLORESTAN in FIDELIO,  TAMINO in MAGIC FLUTE, the leading role in CHARLOTTE: A THREE COLOR OPERA at the Met Theater in Los Angeles, the role of TONY in MASTERCLASS at the Lobero Theater in and at the Will Geer Theatricum in Los Angeles. Mr. Beckett has sung the role of SPOLETA in Opera Santa Barbara's production of TOSCA.

A native of Bavaria, Mr. Beckett was invited to come to the United States to perform in Cleveland Opera's WEST SIDE STORY. Andreas made his television debut playing Hitler on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. This was followed by his acclaimed portrayal of MACBETH at the American Theatre in New York. It was during this period that he also played the lead in his first film, EMPTY by Micah Herman, earning the Audience Award at the DGA in Los Angeles.

Andreas was seen on the big screen recently in TRANSFORMERS 4,  he starred in the PBS film ESCAPE FROM SOBIBOR and he won the Best Actor Award at the international Film Festival in Monaco for the Film MY CHRISTMAS WISH. Other Feature Films he appeared in are GAMER, POSEIDON, WHEN NIETZSCHE WEPT, he starred in 5 MINUTES, THE WAY OF THE VAMPIRE, GOD IS NO SOPRANO  as well as guest starred on DR. VEGAS (CBS) and DAYS OF OUR LIVES (NBC). Andreas has a lot of fun performing with HAMMERSTEIN the music and songs he grew up with in Bavaria. www.andreasbeckett.com

 

P. Blake Cooper, Tuba

 

Dr. P. Blake Cooper is very active freelance tuba, cimbasso and electric bass player in the greater Los Angeles area. Blake plays Principal Tuba for the New West Symphony and has performed with other orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony, San Diego Symphony and many more.  He is applied tuba faculty at California State University, Northridge, Los Angeles City College, Pasadena Conservatory or Music and is Music Director and Conductor for the Harmony Project's Regional Youth Orchestra.  
In addition to Blake's busy teaching and performing schedule he also records for Film, TV, and Video Games soundtracks.  You can hear Blake's playing on such titles as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Penny Dreadful, 300 Rise of an Empire, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Sing, Live by Night, League of Legends, Halo Wars 2 and many more.
Blake earned a BMME from the University of Kentucky, a MM from the University of Texas at Austin and a DMA from the University of Southern California.

 

 

Mike Deutsch, Drums

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Mike Deutsch has been playing drums and percussion since 1990. In 2006 he graduated from CSU Northridge earning a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance where he studied drum set, orchestral percussion, and hand percussion. Currently, Mike works as a musician in the Los Angeles area collaborating with orchestras, musical theater, chamber music, and recording studios.

Television and Film credits include appearances on AMERICAN IDOL, DANCING WITH THE STARS, ABC’s premier of DUETS, Nickelodeon’s 2014 KIDS CHOICE AWARDS, and the film THE GAMLER. In the studio, Mike has recorded music for CASTLE and the title theme to HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN. 

Mike has been honored to perform live with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles New Music Ensemble, Video Games Live, the Los Angeles homecoming of the space shuttle Endeavor, Danny Elfman, Mitzi Gaynor, Betty Buckley, Marvin Hamlisch, and The New York Tenors. www.mikedeutsch.com

Aleksei Chebeliuk, Accordion

Aleksei Chebeliuk was born in Samara where he began learning accordion at the age of 7. By the time he turned nine he had participated and won regional, provincial and international accordion competitions. He has music and technical degrees. At 19 years of age he formed the cover band "Smile Band" and for 5 years was the sole producer and concert tour manager for the band. Aleksei was also a producer for other bands and solo artists in his home city. He worked as an administrator to the Russian stars concert tour manager for 3 years. When he was 25 he moved to the United States where he established an on-line school of music and foreign languages. Aleksei has worked and performed with a Brazilian band as well as several other bands in Los Angeles.