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For seven straight years [2002-2009], the Harmon Drew Super Group has been voted one of the four favorite Shreveport - Bossier Local Bands by the readers of SB Magazine. The band has won the top spot four times. Our guitar slingin' vocalist, Ken Cardino, has twice been voted in the same poll as Favorite Local Musician.

2009 is a great year for
HARMON DREW SUPER GROUP

  • Our second CD was released last year - - “Just Getting’ Warmed Up – A Taste of the Harmon Drew Super Group”
  • The title song is “Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday.” The CD is priced to sell at $10 each, plus two bucks, shipping, handling, spindling, etc.  
  • Contains video and audio of the band.
  • Last year we played 40 Wedding Receptions - No wonder we claim to be the "Kings of the Wedding Receptions." Most of these were in North and Central Louisiana, but some were in Baton Rouge, Dallas, Jackson, Natchez, Vicksburg, Houston, and Little Rock.
  • We still have the Best Fans in the World - and we’re looking for more!
  • We are honored to be inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
  • We play all types of music with our nine pickers, but we LOVE the great dancing music of the 60's and 70's. Plenty of Blue-Eyed Soul, along with exquisite Motown R and B.
  • Personnel of the 2009 Harmon Drew Super Group (four of whom have been with the band since the 70's - this is not a misprint):

 

  • Mike Morris - vocalist

  • Zelma Broussard - vocalist

  • Ken Cardino - vocalist and guitar

  • Dave Duplissey - tenor and alto sax

  • John LeBoeuf - trombone 

  • Silas Dollar - bass

  • Sammy Nix - drums

  • Donnie Hyams - guitar

  • Harmon Drew - keyboards

Meet the Band

 

On a personal level, life is good. Jean and the kids are healthy and happy. She and I have great jobs on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal. Each year we help train 1,200 – 1,500 peace officers. On many weekends, I am with a bizarre band of brothers and sisters, my extended family, with whom I am allowed to act the fool every weekend while playing 60's and 70's R&B for YOU!

WE HAVE THE BEST FANS IN THE WORLD.
T H A N K S!

 

As seen in the Shreveport Times, on Sunday, January 13, 2002.

Harmon Drew holds court

Minden magistrate divides his time between the courtroom and the ballroom. The Louisiana 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals judge heads up the Harmon Drew Super Group, one of the area's hottest bands on the party circuit.

Margaret Martin / The Times

By day, Harmon Drew Jr. interprets the law.

By night, he makes beautiful music.

Drew, 62, of Minden, sits on the Louisiana 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.

And he leads the Harmon Drew Super Group, one of the hot party circuit bands. Drew's draw?

Musical talent and audience interaction. Nine band members, including women vocalists and horns. Loyalty from friends who have been dancing to his music almost 40 years.

The band plays Jan. 21 at American Red Cross Culinary Classic sponsored by Northwest Louisiana Chapter. The band is donating its services so more proceeds can go directly to helping those in need in the community.

Super Group is just one among dozens of bands that perform on the local social circuit. It is so popular that pal Chris Krison and bride Jeannie Krison planned their wedding for Nov. 24, the only date left on the Super Group calendar when they called almost a year in advance. What makes a band successful? "Keeping up with people who are dancing and playing what they want. Energy. You have got to have energy. If you don't, the people feel it," said musician Bill Causey, who has directed bands here since 1972.

"The band is so much fun. He interacts with people at the party and I think his involvement makes the occasion special. He has a really good band and plays all kind of music. All age groups seem to enjoy the band," said longtime time Harmon pal Jimmy Gosslee. He hired Super Group to play at the Dec. 29 wedding of daughter Krista Lauren Gosslee to Robert Douglas LeBlanc Jr.

At the Gosslee wedding reception, Super Group started off with Aretha Franklin's Chain of Fools and Respect and through the evening played other such tunes as Glenn Miller's In the Mood and Creedence Clearwater Revival's version of Proud Mary. Then there was Every Time I Roll the Dice, Fly Me to the Moon and Play That Funky Music White Boy.

The nine-piece band has members from all over northwest Louisiana, including lead vocalist Mike Morris of Many, owner of Morris Furniture, Donnie Hyams, a computer programmer from Natchitoches, Ken Cardino of Shreveport and trombone player John LeBoeuf, Alexandria, vice president of Centennial Wireless.

Super Group has played bar mitzvahs, wedding receptions and class reunions. They've performed at Louisiana State Bar and Louisiana District Attorney associations. And for the Blount Family Reunion in Union Springs, Ala., and the Cane Bangers' Dance Club, Selma, Ala.

They are regulars at local casinos. To clear up any ethics problems over whether a judge can do business with riverboat casinos, the Louisiana Legislature, at the band's request, passed a special law. It says that elected public officials who also are professional performing musicians may contract with casinos for their musical services.

In November, the band took a seven-day Caribbean cruise aboard Carnival Cruise Line's Inspiration from New Orleans. "We played for people from teen-agers to 80," said Drew. Like chameleons, they change attire with the occasion. They wore tropical casual for the Krison wedding at the Elks Club and black tie for the Gosslee-LeBlanc wedding.

Drew started his music career in 1962 when he began tinkering with the keyboard by ear. "I never really learned to read music. I'm not talented, but I'm diligent." he said in an interview in his 2nd Circuit office. He keeps a keyboard on the desk in the office where walls are filled with law books and portraits of his grandfather and great-grandfather who were also 2nd Circuit judges. "I might come in and practice an introduction I am not getting. Or I peck on a song we might try ... quietly, so I don't bother other judges," he added, with a chuckle.

His first band, The Monks, played Bob Dylan. After two years, he changed the name to Ivy Peebles Medicine Show Band. His early band's first gigs were for Minden High School after-football game dances. "We got $25 a night and were glad to get it," he said. Through college and law school, Drew's bands played on.

Music is in his blood, but he is serious about his law career and proud that he is a fifth generation lawyer/judge. He is a graduate of LSU and LSU Law School. They have two children:
Richard, a recent graduate from LSU Law School; and
Georgia, a sales manager at the New Orleans Marriott at the Convention Center.

Law is a career he shares with wife Jean, whom he met in law school. The Drews practiced law together in private practice and in the Bossier-Webster District Attorney's office. And both ended up at 2nd Circuit - she has worked as a research assistant there for 25 years. Harmon served as Minden City Judge three years, Bossier-Webster District Judge for 11 years, and now 11 years at the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal.

When he is not playing music or judging? "Jean and Harmon Louisiana criminal law to thousands of peace officers each year. The Drews also annually publish the “True Blue Drew Book” which are sold all over Louisiana.

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