Smooth Sound is a six piece band from Johnstown, Pennsylvania founded by Oscar Cashaw, Sr. The band was formed on October 2, 2011, to perform fundraiser events for the local nonprofit organization, Flood City Youth Academy Fitness Academy, and since then, it has been an amazing journey. The band started playing Jazz, R&B, & Classic Rock with the fan base being large with fans ranging from ages 18 to 88.
Since the conception of the band, the band has opened for the rock band 10,000 Maniacs at the Peoples National Gas Park of Johnstown, played at various places in Johnstown such as the Masonic Temple, the Heritage Discovery Center, the Artworks Center, the Hiram. Andrews center college, the Greater Johnstown High School, Anthony’s Restaurant, the Greenhouse Winery in Latrobe Pa, Huntingdon Pa and Highland Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
As shows have grown, their fan base has as well and ranges from eight years of age to eighty-eight year olds. In addition, the bands library of music has increased and includes hip-hop, rap, reggae and funk along with their very own original compositions.
The band is comprised of:
Stephen Lewis (Vocalist/Keyboards) Stephen is a Johnstown native who has sung his way through elementary school, middle and high school at the Greater Johnstown School District level.
Venus Hall (Vocalist/Aux. Percussionist) Venus joined in 2012 as the only female artist of the SSB. She began singing, as a youth, in her church choir and would later sing in her school and county chorus, local broadway musicals such as “Dreamgirls” and “Ain’t Misbehavin”. Venus enjoys writing music, modeling, basketball and bringing harmony to the band.
Joseph Morris, Jr. (Retired-Bass Guitar) is a Johnstown native who has been playing the bass guitar for over 30 years. He is a fellow musician with Jeffrey Wilson for their gospel band. He was inspired to play bass by listening to George Benson & Bootsy Collins.
Jeffrey Wilson (Percussionist/ Vocalist) is a Johnstown native who was raised with gospel roots, singing with a group known as “The Exciting Gospel Messengers of Johnstown, PA” who recorded several records and was a Gospel Grammy Award member. Jeff aka “Jazzman has been a musician for over 40 years playing the Eb Alto Saxophone & Cello. He’s played in District Band & Orchestra at Johnstown Vo-Tech and is the founder of the R&B musical group known as “Unknown Soul” at Saint Francis College (aka Saint Francis University). He was inspired by his brother, David King, to learn, love & play Jazz.
Eugene Sanders (Retired-Lead Guitar/Vocalist)
Daniel Hutton (Keyboard, Sax, Flute)
If you’re looking for a band that will ensure you of a dancing good time, the band is Smooth Sound from Johnstown Pennsylvania!!!
I can’t say enough about how great this band is. On June 4th, 2016 they played for my mother,Odessa Jackson’s Birthday party and they were FANTASTIC!! The interaction with the crowed was awesome and even had the young children engaged. I thank them so very much because they made my mother happy and kept a smile on her face with every song they played.
Much love, respect and honor to them.
They are definitely A FIVE STAR BAND.
Myrtle E Williams.