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About us

 
 

It all started when...

Andre Gilmore, our band's bassist, was playing video games back in 1995 and needed a name for his online identity. He thought about it for a while, and General Codesweat sounded like the perfect name. Andre had a gig that night with his band, which still had no name... CODESWEAT ENTERTAINMENT! It was perfect! From then on, Andre Gilmore and his band called themselves "Codesweat".

This band is composed of professional, passionate, and enthusiastic musicians. It took a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to compose such a band; but the mission was accomplished. 

Learn about Codesweat below:

 
 

Andre Gilmore

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Andre Gilmore

Bassist, André Gilmore, is the founder and CEO of Code Sweat since its conception in 2007. This Chicago native started his career with the band Magic Mist in 1975, and went on with other groups such as Miki Lewis & Startime and Cash & Carry. André has had the honor to play alongside R & B greats the Staple Singers, and as part of Magic Mist, with Teddy Pendergrass, SOS Band, the Isley Brothers, Curtis Blow, the Emotions, Denise Williams, and the Godfather of Soul, James Brown (1980). His influences as a bass player include Larry Graham (Graham Central Station), Bootsie Collins, Verden White (Earth, Wind & Fire), but include other musicians such as Jimmy McGriff, Gene Ammonds, James Brown, and legendary singer Lou Rawls. But the biggest influence in André’s musical involvement was his father, Harold Gilmore, a percussionist who sat in with other Chicago area musicians during the 1950s and 60s and who started him and his brothers to play music.

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Steve Gilmore

Drummer, Steve Gilmore (older brother of André), began playing drums at age four. His semi-professional music career started while in high school, sitting in nightclubs with some of Chicago’s finest musicians and as a percussion major at St. Mary’s College (now University) in Winona, MN. His biggest highlight as part of the Mt. Mary’s jazz band was arranging and performing in concert with legendary trumpeter Clark Terry . Steve played in the following bands: Innervision, Phaerus, Brown-Hill Ensemble, and helped found the Jazz/Fusion group Extension, who recorded a CD of original music in 1994.Steve holds a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance, and is equally at home behind a trap set, congas, or auxiliary percussion.

Kim Crisler

Kim Crisler

Keyboard connoisseur, Kim Crisler, is a native of Minneapolis, the youngest of 10 children (Vickie is her older sister). She started piano lessons at age six, but was one of those children who did not like to practice. Her fascination with organs was rooted and grounded while attending Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School, and during Sunday morning services at Greater
Sabathani (renamed Greater Friendship) Baptist Church in Minneapolis. Further studies
were at MacPhail Center for the Arts, Minneapolis, Walker-West Music Academy, St.
Paul, and the University of Minnesota School of Music.
She got her start sitting in during open jam sessions at Famous Dave’s Uptown and
became one of the original members of the Diamond Blue Review house band at
Arnellia’s. Other groups she has played with were Mikil Lewis and Startime, Blues Techs,
New Intentions, Filthy Rich, Flatt Foot Rollers, and Codesweat Entertainment. She reunited
with the group in April 2013 and has remained ever since. In addition, She worked
alongside many Twin Cities area musicians in R&B, jazz, blues, Gospel and classical.
One of her greatest musical highlights was when Codesweat performed on the
Minnesota State Fair Grandstand stage during its Amateur Talent Contest in 2013,
playing before a crowd of over 15,000.
Outside of Codesweat, she serves as Music Director for Mount Olivet Missionary Baptist
Church in St. Paul, working with their Youth Choir, and as Minister of Music/ Organist
for Joint Heirs With Christ Faith International Ministries in Minneapolis. In addition, she
substitutes occasionally for various churches in and around the Twin Cities.
Her musical influences include the James Brown & the Famous Flames, the expansive
artists’ rosters of Motown, Stax, and Atlantic records. However, Billy Preston, Jimmy
Smith, Bill Doggett, Earl Van Dyke, Duke Ellington, John Lewis (Modern Jazz Quartet),
Rick Wakeman (YES), and Greg Rollie (Santana) have been her greatest influences as
a keyboardist.

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Dickie Lowe

Eddie Williams

Eddie WIlliams

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Dan Larson

Dan sat in with Codesweat in early 2017 at Pub 112 in Stillwater - a perfect fit for the
group! He is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, where he majored
in woodwind performance. In addition, Dan studied Aviation Sciences at Metro State
University, which led him to a career as a commercial airline pilot. Dan is a Charter
member of two bands-JD and the Back Alley Madmen and the Cedar Avenue Big Band.
While in those groups, Dan opened for a wide variety of artists- Joe Satriani, Ozark
Mountain Daredevils, Greg Kihn Band, John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band ,
Dwight Yoakam and the late Stevie Ray Vaughn. Originally from White Bear Lake, MN,
Dan calls Hudson, WI his home.

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Felix James

Saxophonist, Felix James, is a long time musician and music educator formerly associated with St. Paul Schools as teacher/counselor for over 38 years. As a resident musician of St. Paul, participates in several types of music – classical, jazz, gospel, and rhythm and blues. Currently performs with his own jazz ensemble, The Freedom Jazz Orchestra and Code Sweat Entertainment. He performs on flute, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, trombone, and baritone saxophone. Currently associated with Walker West Music Academy as Director of Jazz Studies. His award winning youth jazz bands perform throughout the Twin Cities and are regular participants at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in downtown St. Paul, the Selby Jazz Festival, and the Eau Claire Jazz Festival where they have received several first place awards for their outstanding performances.

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Tim Killam

Trumpet player, Tim Killam, played principal trumpet after college with St. Paul civic symphony. He then had the great opportunity to travel with the circus playing trumpet for 13 years. He has played in many funk-blues bands:
West side/The Connection/River City Express/Steamhouse.
Some big bands he's played with over the
Years are Rod Smith Big Band/Stann Bann Big Band/River City Jazz Orchestra
Tim has also played at the MN Renaissance Festival for years on Harold Trumpet.

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donna
Steele-Grayson

Manager and Singer, Donna, a native of Minnesota - began singing in Jr. High School (Marshall Jr. High) where she led as Vice President of the choir. They traveled a lot of different states, competing against different choirs, but their band was different - and that's where I knew I wanted to sing.
I'm the meantime, raising four kids put the career on hold.
Later in life met Andre Gilmore (Codesweat bassist).She went to a couple of his shows where he opened for the Intruders, then it was history. Donna has been in Codesweat since 2012. She has managed the band and books all the gigs. Her favorite band is Midnight Star. She hopes someday to do one of their songs, but in the meantime we have our own originals to work on.

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Monica Williams

Singer, Monica Williams, started singing in the youth church choir up into her adult years. At New Asia MN Church in Memphis, TN. Her church choir was broadcasted live on the WHBQ Channel 13TV. Her church traveled to Mississippi, Arkansas, and all over the entire Memphis Metro Area. Her three siblings and her joined a professional gospel group called "Sunshine Scatters". After becoming a member, they changed their name to "Angelic Gospel Singers". They had performed at churches all over Memphis Metro area. She left the group and moved to Minnesota in 1989, although she is still singing and praising in church. Monica joined Codesweat in 2010.

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Vickie Crisler

Singer, Vickie Crisler, Music interest began early with participation in middle and high school band. Participated in
high school voice lessons while singing in the church choir. After high school began voice and
flute studies independently. During college studied two quarters of voice at the University of
Minnesota. Also, studied voice privately after college.

Influenced by various genres of music including classical, gospel, country, rock, jazz, R&B,
blues, and pop. Music with a positive message has always been an inspiration. She enjoys reaching for new ways of expressing and connecting with others through music.

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Bob Sturm

Sound Tech/Engineer