Pam and The Pearls


Awarded "Top 150 Bands in the U.S."
- Modern Bride -
"One of Nebraska's Two Best Bands"

Pam and the Pearls are a seven piece dance/show band that has been performing since the late 80's in Omaha and the surrounding areas. Playingprimarily for Weddings, Corporate events and private parties, the band has acquired a large following due to the quality of musicanship and versatility of it's song list.

Whether you're looking for Ceremony Music, Jazz Standards for Cocktails and dinner music or our seven piece Band for playing rock standards from the 50's to the present for Party and Wedding Musicand Dancing, you can rely on Pam and the Pearls to provide the perfect music for your event.

Pam and The Pearls Are

no pic Ron Cooley - Co leader and arranger Ron Cooley is featured on the guitar. Ron is one of Omaha's busiest musicians. In addition to his work with Pam and the Pearls, Ron performs every Christmas season as a member of the nationally acclaimed group Mannheim Steamroller. In the last nine years he has toured throughout the USA and Germany and appeared on the NBC's "TODAY" show as well as Jay Leno's "TONIGHT SHOW" and ABC's "GOOD MORNING AMERICA".
Ron has recorded six solo projects of his own, four on the American Gramaphone label and two on his own label, Nebraska Sky. He has also received gold and platinum records for his work on the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas recordings. Ron has also performed on the White House lawn for President Clinton's Tree Lighting Ceremony and with C.W. McCall at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Following is a link to Ron's Youtube channel.  no pic

no pic Joey Gulizia - Joey has been performing since the age of ten, and continues to perform as a professional musician. He has proven diversity by working in many musical situations such as a featured artist with the Omaha Symphony, Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, Nebraska Brass, and countless other musical groups including his own. He has entertained on many cruise ships and has performed in Japan, Europe and the Caribbean.
Since 1979, Joey has done hundreds of week-long residencies in schools sponsored by the Nebraska Arts Council. He has been involved teaching music at the Nebraska Scholars institute since 1982 and works as a jazz clinician in schools and universities throughout the Midwest.
Joey began studying music at the age of six and plays many instruments. He specializes in the field of percussion and has acquired a collection of instruments from around-the-world. He also performs as a soloist using soprano sax and a MIDI wind controller. Joey can be heard on many CD's, commercials, and soundtracks. Check out the new CD with Ron Cooley Summer Magic. Here is a link to Joey's website.

no picPete Hall - On keyboards is Nigel "Pete" Hall. Pete has been playing the piano since the age of six. He toured Europe with the West Virginia Weslyan College Jazz Ensemble, was a member of the U.S. Army Band at Fort Hood, Texas and The S.A.C. Band. He has performed at the Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., the Romanian International Jazz Celebration, and most recently has been performing as accompanist with The Die Meister Singers.

no pic Brian Sampson - On Fender Bass is Brian Sampson. Brian is a founding member of Pam and the Pearls and a musician capable of laying down the bass for any style of music. He has performed and recorded with C.W. McCall, T.G. Shepard and many other local artists, numerous theater productions, countless Radio/TV jingles, and the popular Omaha rock group the "River City All-Stars". For over 30 years Brian has been one of Omaha's 1st call bassists.

click me Bucky McCann
Bucky was a composer and arranger, and the saxist for the 70's Nebraska / L.A. horn rock band, STRAIGHT. At the end of the decade, he landed back in Omaha to join the River City All-Stars (that Brian was already in.) In the 80's, he and long time friend and STRAIGHT cohort, Tim put together the Omaha dance band, ITCHY BROTHER, and had a good long run.
Bucky has always tried to keep an ear in the recording studio and has supervised many productions. In the 90's Bucky got the blues with his own band, The LONGSHOTS, David Barger and others. He has appeared in several "Playing With Fire" concerts, and once got to perform with the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughn.
Lately, he just got off of a three year ride with popular Omaha band, Peace, Love, Etc., and has added studio chops to recordings by Little Joe McCarthy, Dave Steen and Jailhouse Tattoo, and Rex Granite with Sara Benck.

Pam And Jim Kalal

no picAre one of Omaha's most popular married couples. They met while performing with the Firehouse Brigade at the Firehouse Dinner Theatre and have sang together since. The Kalal's have established a very impressive resume. They have performed on hundreds of local, regional and national Radio and Television commercial jingles. They have also recorded with Mannheim Steamroller and C.W. McCall.
Jim also keeps busy as an emcee. He has served as emcee for presidents Reagan and Bush at political rallies. He has co-hosted the Easter Seals Telethon on KM3-TV for many years and served as the emcee for the Omaha Press Club's Annual "Gridiron Show" many times. He has emceed events for AT&T, Union Pacific, and the United Way to name a few.
Pam and Jim recently returned from Branson, Missouri where they each had their own television show on the Americana Television Network. Jim can also be seen playing the part of Laura Derns brother in the movie 'Citizen Ruth'.
Whether singing the beautiful ballad, 'Unforgettable' or belting out a sizzling duet of 'Love Shack' Pam and Jim are equally adept at entertaining their audience.
This is a link for a interview Pam and Jim did for a local television station.

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