The Band

EST. 1998

Guitar & vocals. Tom founded The Dang-Its in 1998 as an outlet for his love of country music. His previous work includes co-founding and playing bluegrass with The Stone Oak Band (1979-1981), jazz with The Full Count Jazz Band (1985-1992), country and variety with Marcy & The Highlights and Cris Plata & Extra Hot, and gypsy swing with the national touring group Harmonious Wail (2001-2011).

Tom Waselchuk

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Bass. Matt is one of those bassists that has the ability to play any style of music you throw at him, and his versatility has led him to play with more groups than can be named here. Rock & Pop, Jazz & Gypsy swing, to Latin & Afro-Pop, he has played them all. Having personally received instruction from Jazz legend Richard Davis, Rodgers can move easily from playing funk grooves on his electric bass, to thumping out mellow lines on the upright.

Matt Rodgers


Pedal steel guitar, & dobro. Rick co-founded The Dang-Its after years of work with Southern Wisconsin’s most celebrated country bands, including Lickety Split, Rosebud, and Crossfire. His versatile ``synth`` steel setup extends the band’s instrumental range; besides playing straight-ahead steel guitar, Rick is able to convincingly mimic many other instruments, from piano and French horn to harmonica and accordion.

Rick Nass


Drums & vocals. Marks owns a bachelors degree in music from the University of Wisconsin and has played many styles of music including orchestral and big band, Broadway musicals, new wave, top 40, jazz, Cajun and country. The Dang-Its’ wide range of styles rests squarely on Mark’s mastery of multiple styles.

Mark Luhring