Paul has been playing guitar and making music for over 50 years, and has been in many bands in this region throughout the years. Having grown up on the “Iron Range” in the 60’s & 70’s, he was heavily influenced by the great classic rock and blues artists of that era. Paul is one of the original founding members of the Lake City Smokin’ Section, as well as one of the co-managers for the group. He is always ready to help creatively promote events with this versatile, professional bunch of musicians.
Born and raised in Ely and presently residing in Duluth, Jeff is living “the good life” after teaching high school and middle school bands in several northern cities for more years than he cares to say. Father to four daughters and a son, Jeff has had a rather busy life. His classical music career includes appearances on saxophone with the DSSO, clarinet with the LSCO, and fifteen years of cooperation in the Lake Superior Saxophone Quartet (LSSQ). On the other side of the spectrum, following his graduation from UMD, Jeff has played extensively with several jazz/big band groups. These include but aren’t limited to Sentimental Journey Big Band, Dr. Hitt & Grandma’s Big Band, and Ice Capades. For a time, Jeff even ran his own big band. Small combos have also come and gone as opportunities have presented themselves.
Outside of playing his saxophones with Lake Superior Smokin’ Section (LSSS), Jeff enjoys downhill skiing in Minnesota and out West (with relatively few injuries). During the summers Jeff spends time at his Ely cabin and playing some really bad golf with his musical friends including Chet (LSSS trumpet).
Chet retired from public education in 2020. His first 4 years were at the Cherry School and the last 36 in the Hibbing Schools. As a freelance musician Chet has performed with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Guy Lombardo Orchestra, Four Tops, Steve Lippia, Bobby Vinson, Sentimental Journey, and the Temptations.
Thomas Woytko is a trombonist from Duluth, MN. Thomas is currently enrolled at The University of Minnesota Duluth in the Jazz Studies Program, originally studying Classical Bass Trombone under Derek Bromme. He now is expected to graduate with a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies under Ryan Frane. Alongside performing in university ensembles Thomas has a lot of great performing opportunities in the Duluth area playing with his own groups as well as with the Duluth Playhouse pit orchestra
Dave is an accomplished musician and has been deeply involved in the local music scene for 30+ years, playing in many of the popular bands that have been in this area over the years. Dave is also able to pull the lead vocal slot on many of our songs, as well as a talented back-up vocalist when needed, His performing skills and knowledge bring a nice balance to the grpup
Jimmy is a locally active bass player who you can hear playing is multiple groups. He solidifies the rhythm section with his ability to shift between genres and keeps us in a serious groove.
Inga is a vocalist who keeps busy with multiple groups. She loves to sing a variety of genres. Locally you can find her gigging with her groups Inga Entheos (original music), Lioness (mother/daughter duo), and Lake City Smokin‘ Section. She also front mans an original funk band based out of Cedar Rapids, IA - Soul Sherpa.
As a songwriter Inga plays guitar and piano and with her smaller groups a miniature drum set. Raised by traveling musicians her participation in professional music has no definitive start and certainly no end. In college she was a contemporay dance major, so you’ll get grooving with her during shows and hopefully hit the dance floor together someday!