Band Bio

The Cougars Band is a primarily Rock and Roll group fronted by 3 lead female vocalists. Their specialty is belty, high-energy songs and lots of harmonies. You’ll hear Journey to Lady GaGa and we mix in some cross over country, 80s hits and party songs to keep the dance floor full. While fun is the name of the game with this band, you will find some impressive musicianship coming from the stage. They are not saying they are old...just experienced...MEOW!
 
 
Anna Snyder (Vocals) - Anna was influenced by music early in her life by her mother who sang in musical theater and opera for many years. Anna performed in several concert and performance choirs during high school. She also performed with several bands in her home town of Phoenix, AZ. After moving to Green Bay, she could be found in local clubs and area festivals performing with Tripp Dexter and then ToyBoxx. She has also performed with The Divas and Girls and Guitars. She has performed at BayFest, Celebrate De Pere and the Fourth Of July Celebration in downtown Green Bay. Anna also spent 3 1/2 years performing with local dinner theater troupe Daddy D Productions, where she sang everything from classic country to 1950’s doo wop. She is now very happy to share the stage with her Cougar Pride. Meow.
 
Stephanie Reinl (Vocals / Keyboards) - Music got a hold of Stephanie at the age of 3 when she started playing music on the piano by ear from listening to the radio. Her first singing performance was at age 7 when she performed 3 solos for a family member’s wedding ceremony. Throughout her school years, she learned to play most instruments, and moved on to study music in college at UWGB. After college, she started teaching piano and voice at Henri’s Music and auditioned for a wedding band called the Xrays. For the next 13 years in this band, she played for President Bush, opened for Wayne Newton, played for numerous Packers Legend events, a charity event for Packers Player Donald Driver and his wife, and many, many weddings, where they were told they sounded so much like the record, they thought it was a DJ playing. From Patsy Cline to AC/DC, Stephanie has sung a wide variety of music and has now found her pride - The Cougars!
 
Heather Tenhaken (Vocals) - Formerly the lead singer of Shocker, Heather joined up with The Cougars in 2014. Heather, whose influences include Janis Joplin, Pink and Etta James, brings what Anna calls a "bluesy grit" to the band as well as that other Cougars must-have — a fun personality.
 
Eric Snyder (Bass / Vocals) - Eric (Catnip) has a very recognizable face in the music scene around Green Bay. His first band was playing out regular gigs when he was still in high school and he has been playing steady ever since that time. While attending St. Norbert College he was part of the Swinging Knights Troupe and part of the pit band in several musical productions. After college you could find Eric on stage with groups such as Swimming Fish, Saturday Morning, The Divas, Girls and Guitars, Fine Line, RPM, and ToyBoxx. He also performed with dinner theater groups, Daddy D Productions and Let Me Be Frank Productions. He is very much at home on stage and now his home is with the Cougars!
 
Kurt Risch (Drums, lonesome whistle) - Kurt (The Cougar Whisperer) has kept a busy schedule of teaching and playing since he graduated from UWGB in 1978 with a Music Education Degree. He has taught Instrumental Music for 30 years at all levels in both private and public schools and has been featured as a clinician at U.W.G.B. and St Norbert College summer music camps. Kurt has been the pit drummer for many musical theater productions at U.W.G.B., St Norbert College and University of Wisconsin-Marinette. He has played with a number of local groups: Eclipse, Royal Purple, Heartline, The Rod Scheuer Group, Abraxas (Santana tribute band), and Bay City Swing Big Band, to name a few. He also played with the Green Bay City Band and community concert bands sponsored by U.W.G.B. and St Norbert College. While Kurt’s heart belongs to the Cougars, you will still see him help out in local groups like Daddy D Productions Dinner Theater Troupe, Kevin VanEss and The Talk of the Town, John Kelley’s Fusion Express, Nia African Dance Group and the Green Bay Packers Tailgater Band.
 
Jeff DePetro (Guitar) - Jeff picked up the guitar at the age of 12 - learning from his uncle. Into his high school years he became involved in jazz band and guitar contests. Following High School he soon began performing in Rock, Metal, & Country cover bands throughout upper Michigan & Wisconsin. His most recent bands include a Northeast Wisconsin Country act, Diamond and Steel and also a Rock and Country cover band from Western Wisconsin, The Freezers. With these bands Jeff performed at many festivals entertaining crowds all over the state! He was also involved in a few original bands which recorded & released CDs and opened for well-known national acts. As a guitar gear aficionado, Jeff spent 11 years working for a well-respected, internationally-known guitar shop – eventually becoming sales manager and selling guitars to many national artists! Jeff helped design special run guitars for large guitar companies and had done a monthly column on vintage guitars in a premier guitar magazine. We are excited to welcome Jeff to the Cougars!
 
 
So how did they all get together? They've gotten this question so many times that they decided to put it in their bio. Steph and Anna have known each other the longest, working together at Henri’s Music and maintaining a friendship since then. Eric and Anna met while their bands, Tripp Dexter and Saturday Morning, were playing in many of the same venues. They just always seemed to bump into each other. Kurt, Eric and Anna all did a turn at the dinner theater circuit and that is how their paths crossed. They were all friends before they put this little group together and decided it would be a fun adventure and give them something to do with their weekends...turns out they were right!

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