Janet Schreiner's background in professional children's and musical theatre creates The Cat's Pajamas' high-octane blend of music and theatrical hijinks. Janet has worked as an actor, director, producer, and high school theatre teacher, and early childhood music teacher. To answer the question most frequently asked by fifth graders, she's been on stage since she was in ...fifth grade.
Janet sings lead vocals, plays the kazoo, is fluent in pirate, fish, shark, and a number of other puppet languages, and runs the band (which is like herding cats). She also wears a shower cap on stage, packs a 4-foot shark and a plunger, and makes puppets out of Emily's socks!
Pianist/accordionist Heath Allen is the music director and resident composer for The Cat’s Pajamas. He is also a member of the Bearded Ladies Cabaret, and co-composed their 2015 collaboration with Opera Philadelphia, Andy: A Popera. Heath has released seven CDs of his original jazz and leads a French music band, Philly Musette.
Emily Bate started in the mailroom at Cat Headquarters back in 2007! She plays guitar and sings harmonies in the band. She's also a singer, guitarist, composer and avid costume-wearer in many projects in Philly and NYC. Emily teaches family music classes with All Around This World.
Bob Beach has been a working professional musician for more than 40 years, adding blues harmonica, flute and vocals to a broad scope of genres. Bob performs regularly with both local and national touring acts and does sound at World Cafe Live. He's been wailing away with The Cat's Pajamas since 2007.
Ben Diamond is a drummer, percussionist, and educator based in Philadelphia. In addition to providing percussive propulsion for the Cat's Pajamas, he plays with theatrical funk outfit Red 40 & The Last Groovement and teaches music for the School District of Philadelphia. Ben is also active in the Philadelphia theater scene, and has worked with Pig Iron Theater Company, 1812 Productions, and the Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret.
Martha Stuckey plays keys and sings with the Cats. She is a Philadelphia-based theatre artist and cabaret singer. She is a member of the pioneer class of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training and is now an MFA candidate in Devised Theater. Catch her gigging around around town as Red 40 in Red 40 & The Last Groovement or in performances with Pig Iron Theatre Company, Team Sunshine Performance Corporation, and BRAT Productions.
Vince Tampio is a trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist (as you can see!), and arranger/composer. He holds a Masters of Music degree in Jazz Performance from the University of the Arts. Vince is the trumpeter and arranger for Philadelphia's premier 1960's soul tribute band, York Street Hustle. Additional bands Vince has performed with and arranged for include You Do You, Red 40 & The Last Groovement, and the Philly Phatness horn section. Vince has recently appeared on more than 20 albums, including his own debut album SYZYGY.
Drummer Michael Beeson has played with The Cat's Pajamas for many years, and was responsible for the beat that got YOU dancing on "Just An Old Jalopy". Michael is a freelance musician and plays with a variety of bands in the Philadelphia area. He works with horses, too! Whoa, Nelly!
Rodney directed and co-produced both of The Cat's Pajamas DVDs, subs on guitar and bass and plays all the fancy parts in full band shows! His awesome playing can be heard on Backseat Driver. Rodney is an Emmy award-winner who composes music for film and television. He is the founder of Melodyvision, a full-service music, sound and recording facility providing production services, content, and education for the arts and entertainment communities since 1985.