Gone Too Soon
Phil Kott May 13, 1953 - November 21, 2011
John Willett June 16, 1950 - Sept 2, 2013
It is with great sadness that the Powerhouse Band announces the passing of trumpet/flute/lead vocalist John Willett, following a short but courageous battle with pancreatic and liver cancer.  John was the driving force behind the formation of the band in the mid 80’s and was the only member to be with the band from the start to his last show earlier this year.  We will miss John’s larger-than-life stage presence and the energy he brought to the band from his great love of performing music.  The band, understandably, will be taking some time off live performances while we grieve the loss of our good friend and brother. The Powerhouse Band – September 2, 2013
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Don was the last remaining member of the original POWERHOUSE band – one of the ‘original three’ who sat down in a Hamilton basement in January 1986 and began work to recreate the horn band sound of the late 60’s.  After 51 years of playing trombone in everything from rock bands to the Navy Band to Dixieland to Philharmonic Orchestras, Don retired his horn at the end of 2014.  He remains with the band, though, in a background capacity – filling in as a second synthesizer player, occasionally bringing out his mandolin and acoustic guitar, and building and maintaining this website.  “Although I’m quite happy to spend my summers riding around the country on my motorcycle, as long as there are places where I can help the band or the music, I’m in,” he says.  Don began his musical life at age 5, sitting at a piano, moved to the trombone and other brass and woodwind instruments in high school, took up the guitar and mandolin during the 60’s hippy years and returned again to the piano about 20 years ago.  “I love playing the piano,” he says.  “The whole world of music is under my fingers.  I just have to go find it.” When not involved with something musical, Don can be found riding around the country on his bike or writing and researching his lifelong passion – the hi-tech world of industrial energy production (nuclear, hydro-electric and alternate energy concepts).
DON BERRYMAN ~ October 1, 1950 - May 12, 2017 ~
It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend, bandmate and one of the original founders of Powerhouse. On July 16th, 2017, POWERHOUSEs' past and present members, along with other Hamilton musicians, family and friends  paid tribute to the last founding member of the band. It was an emotional day filled with tears, laughter and music. A beautiful tip of the hat to this multi-talented, dedicated friend and bandmate.  Read More Don was also the webmaster of the Powerhouse and Brass Union Websites.  His incredible storytelling and dedication to both sites will be gravely missed.