Table for 26 is an ambitious project thought up by percussionist Jeff Willet while working on his solo album. While that process was musically fulfilling and challenging on its own, with very large and intricate arrangements with many layers, he wanted to be able to perform live in a similar fashion with a group of like-minded musicians as well.
It started to come together when he met with violinist Thuy Nguyen, violist Hannah Richards, percussionist Emily Roane, and trombonist Aaron Buchanan one night at the Pizza Pub in Lansdale, PA (later to find that a MUCH better pizza could be had at Tony’s just down the road in North Wales, PA). After discussing some logistics and additional personnel, things were off and running.
T426 took on more and more members to add to the sound, and eventually became the 12-piece group we all know and love today, with a string quartet, two guitarists, two percussionists, keyboards, trombone, bass, and vocals. T426 started with a variety of covers, arranged by Jeff Willet and Aaron Buchanan, working up towards the group’s first video session, recorded at Montgomery County Community College with the help of Jen Mitlas and the Sound Recording Technology Department, the careful eye and camera skills of John Welsh, and help from the MontCo MSP Department.
Table for 26 is looking to perform at various music festivals and local music hot spots around the Philadelphia and tri-state area. New & original music is in the works that really showcases the band’s musical diversity and highlights the unique sounds, textures, and rhythms from this impressive musical undertaking.
Be on the lookout for videos and new music on the way soon!