Not for Profit is a serious band doing joyful work to serve charities both local and national. Like any great organization, we are only as good as the sum of our parts. Here is a short bio on each of our very talented band members!

The Band

Angie Lyons - Lead Vocals -  An accomplished singer and regular on the Chicago music Scene.  Angie can be seen regularly playing with many great Chicago big bands.  Angie has been a lifelong student of voice and it shows!  One half of the NFP 1-2 punch of female lead singers.  Angie can sing the softest ballad to the heaviest rocker.  Angie's favorite charities are - Holy Cross and Loyola Academy.

Angie Lyons - Lead Vocals - An accomplished singer and regular on the Chicago music Scene. Angie can be seen regularly playing with many great Chicago big bands. Angie has been a lifelong student of voice and it shows! One half of the NFP 1-2 punch of female lead singers. Angie can sing the softest ballad to the heaviest rocker. Angie's favorite charities are - Holy Cross and Loyola Academy.

Beth Bagg -  Lead Vocals - Beth is the other half of our dynamic duo of singers.  Beth has sang most of life and performs regularly with her church and various other groups.  From Aretha Franklin to the Jackson 5, Beth is a powerhouse singer and a musical force within the band to be reckoned with!

Beth Bagg - Lead Vocals - Beth is the other half of our dynamic duo of singers. Beth has sang most of life and performs regularly with her church and various other groups. From Aretha Franklin to the Jackson 5, Beth is a powerhouse singer and a musical force within the band to be reckoned with!

John Lyons – Guitar, Vocals - Co-founded the band back in 1997 following a Fourth of July party in Deerfield, Illinois with his wife Angie and two of its former members, Steve Schwartz and Gary Schaffel.  John brings an unmistakable energy and enthusiasm to the group.  John played in bands all of his life (Syntori, Idle Minds, The Celtniks) John took guitar lessons in 5th grade and improved his skills by learning guitar riffs listening to his favorite group, The Beatles.  He fell in love with Angie after she winked at him from the audience at a Syntori gig in 1985 and their mutual love for each other and Music led them to form Not for Profit.  John is fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with all of the charities for which NFP has played and the dedicated organizers who truly make a difference.

John Lyons – Guitar, Vocals - Co-founded the band back in 1997 following a Fourth of July party in Deerfield, Illinois with his wife Angie and two of its former members, Steve Schwartz and Gary Schaffel. John brings an unmistakable energy and enthusiasm to the group. John played in bands all of his life (Syntori, Idle Minds, The Celtniks) John took guitar lessons in 5th grade and improved his skills by learning guitar riffs listening to his favorite group, The Beatles. He fell in love with Angie after she winked at him from the audience at a Syntori gig in 1985 and their mutual love for each other and Music led them to form Not for Profit. John is fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with all of the charities for which NFP has played and the dedicated organizers who truly make a difference.

Jim Fitch - Guitar, Vocals - Co-Founder of Not for Profit plays lead and rhythm guitar along with lead and harmony vocals.   Jim is a self-taught musician and has been playing off and on in bands since high school performing at everything from small parties to outdoor festivals. Jim also serves as the band's technical resource.   He considers the time he has spent as a member of NfP as one of the most fulfilling experiences of his musical career and looks forward to continuing the journey for years to come.  Jim supports all of the charitable groups the band works with but has a special affinity for cancer research and any organization that supports children's causes.

Jim Fitch - Guitar, Vocals - Co-Founder of Not for Profit plays lead and rhythm guitar along with lead and harmony vocals. Jim is a self-taught musician and has been playing off and on in bands since high school performing at everything from small parties to outdoor festivals. Jim also serves as the band's technical resource. He considers the time he has spent as a member of NfP as one of the most fulfilling experiences of his musical career and looks forward to continuing the journey for years to come. Jim supports all of the charitable groups the band works with but has a special affinity for cancer research and any organization that supports children's causes.

Tim Thompson - Keyboard, Guitar and Lead Vocals - is a founding member of Not for Profit.  Tim is the musical director of Not For Profit and is responsible for all of the band's fabulous arrangements!  Tim also is the keyboardist (sometimes guitarist) and vocalist for NFP.  His musical influences include The Beatles, Van Morrison, Yes, Elvis Costello and Talking Heads.  Tim’s favorite charities are The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Honor Flight Chicago, Hands of Peace and, all of the organizations NFP has ever helped.

Tim Thompson - Keyboard, Guitar and Lead Vocals - is a founding member of Not for Profit. Tim is the musical director of Not For Profit and is responsible for all of the band's fabulous arrangements! Tim also is the keyboardist (sometimes guitarist) and vocalist for NFP. His musical influences include The Beatles, Van Morrison, Yes, Elvis Costello and Talking Heads. Tim’s favorite charities are The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Honor Flight Chicago, Hands of Peace and, all of the organizations NFP has ever helped.

Rich Steiner - Bass - Rich joined Not for Profit back in 2012.  Rich started playing piano at age 5, and added guitar at age 12 and bass at age 14.  Recently, Rich also became a self-taught and self described "hack" on banjo for the Irish offshoot of NfP "The Celtniks".  Over the years, Rich has played many diverse styles with many musicians, and prides himself on his musical ear and the ability to blend well with anyone and everyone.  Rich's charitable interests tend to focus on promoting social justice and reducing poverty.  His favorite charitable organizations include The Ark, Share Your Soles and Wings.

Rich Steiner - Bass - Rich joined Not for Profit back in 2012. Rich started playing piano at age 5, and added guitar at age 12 and bass at age 14. Recently, Rich also became a self-taught and self described "hack" on banjo for the Irish offshoot of NfP "The Celtniks". Over the years, Rich has played many diverse styles with many musicians, and prides himself on his musical ear and the ability to blend well with anyone and everyone. Rich's charitable interests tend to focus on promoting social justice and reducing poverty. His favorite charitable organizations include The Ark, Share Your Soles and Wings.

Dan Katz  - Drums - a.k.a "Drummer Dan" is the newest member of Not for Profit and has been with the band since 2012.  Dan has been a fixture on the Chicago music scene for the past 25 years and has played hundreds of shows in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana.  Dan has been a student of percussion for over 40 years.  Dan studied at the University of Miami's Frost School of music and has a minor in music performance.  Dan's diverse musical background allows him to adapt to play the wide range of Music that Not For Profit brings to its fans at every show.  Dan's favorite charitable organizations are Lamb's Farm, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Livestrong Foundation.

Dan Katz - Drums - a.k.a "Drummer Dan" is the newest member of Not for Profit and has been with the band since 2012. Dan has been a fixture on the Chicago music scene for the past 25 years and has played hundreds of shows in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. Dan has been a student of percussion for over 40 years. Dan studied at the University of Miami's Frost School of music and has a minor in music performance. Dan's diverse musical background allows him to adapt to play the wide range of Music that Not For Profit brings to its fans at every show. Dan's favorite charitable organizations are Lamb's Farm, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Livestrong Foundation.

"The Greedy Blasters" or the NFP Horns!

Robb Calabro - Tenor Sax - Robb is a gifted Saxophone player and can be seen around Chicago as a sideman for many acts.  Rob is the leader of our horn section lovingly named "The Greedy Blasters" or "The Blasters" for short.  Keep an eye out for Robb during one of our shows.  Rob during a show can bee seen playing and dancing with the crowd and on occasion playing a solo on top of a ladder!.... yes, really!

Robb Calabro - Tenor Sax - Robb is a gifted Saxophone player and can be seen around Chicago as a sideman for many acts. Rob is the leader of our horn section lovingly named "The Greedy Blasters" or "The Blasters" for short. Keep an eye out for Robb during one of our shows. Rob during a show can bee seen playing and dancing with the crowd and on occasion playing a solo on top of a ladder!.... yes, really!

Mark Zar - Trumpet -  has been a member of Not for Profit since 2013.  Mark has been the leader and lead trumpet of the 17 piece Highland Park Pops Big Band since 1975 and Not for Profit is his first experience playing in a rock band.  Mark has an electrical engineering degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he played in the Concert Band and the Marching Illini.  His classical music training provides a sound foundation and he is rockin' it big time as the newest addition to "The Greedy Blasters".  Mark also plays in the Jazz Wave Big Band and the Tuesday Night Big Band.  Mark supports cancer research and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Mark Zar - Trumpet - has been a member of Not for Profit since 2013. Mark has been the leader and lead trumpet of the 17 piece Highland Park Pops Big Band since 1975 and Not for Profit is his first experience playing in a rock band. Mark has an electrical engineering degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he played in the Concert Band and the Marching Illini. His classical music training provides a sound foundation and he is rockin' it big time as the newest addition to "The Greedy Blasters". Mark also plays in the Jazz Wave Big Band and the Tuesday Night Big Band. Mark supports cancer research and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Michael Willens - Bari Sax -  was famous back in the 70”s with the “white hair “ crowd touring with the Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey Bands all across the Midwest, often playing at the fabled Holiday Star Theater in Merrillville Indiana.  He went on to playing in the house bands at Biddy Mulligans and Kingston Mines, backing up famous artists such as Bo Didley, Chubby Checker, and Eddie “The Chief” Clearwater. Michael joined the Bob Riedy Blues band in the late 70’s and recorded the critically acclaimed album “Just off Halsted St” at Chess Records on the west side of Chicago. Michael has played in a wide variety of professional and community jazz,rock,and classical bands over the years and is especially proud to be in Not For Profit and all it stands for on the charity front.

Michael Willens - Bari Sax - was famous back in the 70”s with the “white hair “ crowd touring with the Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey Bands all across the Midwest, often playing at the fabled Holiday Star Theater in Merrillville Indiana. He went on to playing in the house bands at Biddy Mulligans and Kingston Mines, backing up famous artists such as Bo Didley, Chubby Checker, and Eddie “The Chief” Clearwater. Michael joined the Bob Riedy Blues band in the late 70’s and recorded the critically acclaimed album “Just off Halsted St” at Chess Records on the west side of Chicago. Michael has played in a wide variety of professional and community jazz,rock,and classical bands over the years and is especially proud to be in Not For Profit and all it stands for on the charity front.

Norm Friede - Trombone - Norm is one of the three original “Greedy Blasters” horn section of Not For Profit.  As well as being the trombonist for NFP he can be seen in the horn section of Soul Vaccination, and many of Chicago’s finest big bands.  He also is at the helm of his own pro big band, Jazz Faction.  Norm has worked with and played beside some of the top studio musicians in Chicago, and because of his high level of musicianship and easy going nature he is always busy with one project or another. Originally from Minnesota, where he studied trombone at the University of Minnesota, he has also been a freelance musician in Baltimore, MD before calling Chicago home in 1994.

Norm Friede - Trombone - Norm is one of the three original “Greedy Blasters” horn section of Not For Profit. As well as being the trombonist for NFP he can be seen in the horn section of Soul Vaccination, and many of Chicago’s finest big bands. He also is at the helm of his own pro big band, Jazz Faction. Norm has worked with and played beside some of the top studio musicians in Chicago, and because of his high level of musicianship and easy going nature he is always busy with one project or another. Originally from Minnesota, where he studied trombone at the University of Minnesota, he has also been a freelance musician in Baltimore, MD before calling Chicago home in 1994.

Musical Friends of Not for Profit

Mitch Goldman  - Trumpet, flugelhorn, guitar and vocals - Is one of the original "Greedy Blaster" horn section members.  Mitch has performed with many local acts like Not for Profit and many National acts including  Rick Derringer, Koko Taylor, Shun Kikuta (appears on Rising Shun), Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, The English Beat, TuTu and The Pirates, Bad Manners, Heavy Manners, Mustard Plug, The Toasters, Superdot, Maynard Ferguson, Wax Lips (appears on It’s Hip to be a Lip), State of Emergency, The Andre Howard Band, The New Duncan Imperials (appears on Loserville), Howard and the White Boys, Big Blue, Johnny and the Leisure Suits, The Slugs, I-Spy, 007, The Spies Who Surf, Skatalites, Heavy Manners, Rude Guest, Dash Rip Rock, Mega Super Ultra, Code Blues, Medicine Hat Band (appears on Blood & Bone), The Skinny Williams Quartet, Max Plankton, and Persons of Interest.  Mitch can be found smiling, dancing, singing or at least snapping to the music.  He easily adapts to the sound being laid down, and his enjoyment is infectious to audience and band members alike.

Mitch Goldman - Trumpet, flugelhorn, guitar and vocals - Is one of the original "Greedy Blaster" horn section members. Mitch has performed with many local acts like Not for Profit and many National acts including Rick Derringer, Koko Taylor, Shun Kikuta (appears on Rising Shun), Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, The English Beat, TuTu and The Pirates, Bad Manners, Heavy Manners, Mustard Plug, The Toasters, Superdot, Maynard Ferguson, Wax Lips (appears on It’s Hip to be a Lip), State of Emergency, The Andre Howard Band, The New Duncan Imperials (appears on Loserville), Howard and the White Boys, Big Blue, Johnny and the Leisure Suits, The Slugs, I-Spy, 007, The Spies Who Surf, Skatalites, Heavy Manners, Rude Guest, Dash Rip Rock, Mega Super Ultra, Code Blues, Medicine Hat Band (appears on Blood & Bone), The Skinny Williams Quartet, Max Plankton, and Persons of Interest. Mitch can be found smiling, dancing, singing or at least snapping to the music. He easily adapts to the sound being laid down, and his enjoyment is infectious to audience and band members alike.

Joe Bertram - Drums -  started his musical career as a wee little lad when he would take out his Lincoln Logs and drum on the container along to his older sisters many rock albums. Then at age 10 he got serious and started drum lessons in grade school. At 16 he started private lessons with Ed Breckenfeld (Insiders, Pride Of Lions, the Cathy Richardson Band, Jim Peterik’s World Stage, The Dooleys, The Juleps, The Starch Martins, and The Fuzz-Busters) He has since drummed for Urban Twang, The Bottle Poets and various recording sessions.

Joe Bertram - Drums - started his musical career as a wee little lad when he would take out his Lincoln Logs and drum on the container along to his older sisters many rock albums. Then at age 10 he got serious and started drum lessons in grade school. At 16 he started private lessons with Ed Breckenfeld (Insiders, Pride Of Lions, the Cathy Richardson Band, Jim Peterik’s World Stage, The Dooleys, The Juleps, The Starch Martins, and The Fuzz-Busters) He has since drummed for Urban Twang, The Bottle Poets and various recording sessions.

Gary Schaffel - Bass - Gary is a founding member of Not for Profit.  Gary, along with John Lyons, Jim Fitch and Steve Schwartz founded Not for Profit back in 2007.  As a driving force in the band, Gary helped to promote and lead the band to its long run and success as a charitable band in Chicago.

Gary Schaffel - Bass - Gary is a founding member of Not for Profit. Gary, along with John Lyons, Jim Fitch and Steve Schwartz founded Not for Profit back in 2007. As a driving force in the band, Gary helped to promote and lead the band to its long run and success as a charitable band in Chicago.

Steve Schwartz - Drums - Back in 2007, Steve, attended a wine tasting party at John Lyons house and started talking about music.  John pulled out his acoustic guitar and Steve picked up a set of bongos from the floor in his living room and started singing and playing classic tunes on his screened in patio....  That is how NFP got it's start!  Steve started playing drums when he was 13 years old and took music lessons from Marshall Thompson,  the original drummer from the Ramsey Lewis Trio.  Steve played in various bands throughout High School and College.  When John and Steve met, Steve hadn't picked up a pair of drum sticks in over 30 years!  Steve loves music and continues to sit-in with NFP when he can!  Steve is very proud to have been actively associated with NFP for over 8 years and values the bands contribution to
charitable organizations across Chicagoland.

Steve Schwartz - Drums - Back in 2007, Steve, attended a wine tasting party at John Lyons house and started talking about music. John pulled out his acoustic guitar and Steve picked up a set of bongos from the floor in his living room and started singing and playing classic tunes on his screened in patio.... That is how NFP got it's start! Steve started playing drums when he was 13 years old and took music lessons from Marshall Thompson, the original drummer from the Ramsey Lewis Trio. Steve played in various bands throughout High School and College. When John and Steve met, Steve hadn't picked up a pair of drum sticks in over 30 years! Steve loves music and continues to sit-in with NFP when he can! Steve is very proud to have been actively associated with NFP for over 8 years and values the bands contribution to charitable organizations across Chicagoland.

In Memoriam

Recently our Not for Profit family lost Phil Krawiec, our sound engineer and close friend. You could always count on Phil to bring fun and a ready smile to every gig. He was masterfully talented, able to blend our massive, high maintenance band into a cohesive and harmonious sound. As the head of our sound crew, Phil was the first to arrive and last to leave every gig. Phil was an integral part of our NfP family and mission. He will be dearly missed.

Recently our Not for Profit family lost Phil Krawiec, our sound engineer and close friend. You could always count on Phil to bring fun and a ready smile to every gig. He was masterfully talented, able to blend our massive, high maintenance band into a cohesive and harmonious sound. As the head of our sound crew, Phil was the first to arrive and last to leave every gig. Phil was an integral part of our NfP family and mission. He will be dearly missed.