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Copper Kettle Band

Formed in May 2022, The Copper Kettle Band is a premier musical group based in Utah’s Wasatch Mountain Range. We play bluegrass and folk music featuring the fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, upright bass, and percussion. As friends, we’ve all been in various ensembles together traveling internationally to play folk music—collectively we’ve played in China, Belgium, France, Macedonia, Austria, Italy, Denmark, Iceland, Russia, Serbia, Spain, & Portugal. Bluegrass is such an important music to preserve! Our hope is to inform people of the beauty of bluegrass by playing classics and originals with precision and artistry.

THE BAND

Guitarist Alex Swindler posing with guitar.

Alex Swindler

Guitar, Banjo, vocals

Alex started taking private guitar lessons in American folk and bluegrass music at age 10. Later, he auditioned for and somehow made it into his high school jazz band, where he played for 4 years. In college, he spent 6 years playing guitar and banjo for BYU’s American folk bands, including 3 years in BYU’s Mountain Strings. When he’s not playing bluegrass music, he enjoys teaching math and science. Alex harbors a secret dream of playing in a stadium rock band.

Mandolinist Brielle Petrie posing with mandolin.

Brielle Petrie

mandolin, vocals

Brielle has always been interested in learning new instruments. She started learning classical violin/fiddle, then picked up piano and guitar. When she started learning mandolin and was introduced to bluegrass, she fell in love with the raw instrumental sound and has been hooked ever since.

Violinist Ellie Geslison poses with violin.

Ellie Geslison

fiddle, vocals

Ellie is from Provo, Utah. She started playing the violin and fiddle when she was 5 years old. She has since graduated from the Suzuki violin program, won 1st place at the Utah State Fiddle Contest in several divisions including Grand Champion, and has even placed in the top 10 at the National contest twice! Ellie also can’t live without good books, strawberries, baking, and all things Danish

Banjoist Isaac Geslison poses with banjo.

Isaac Geslison

banjo, guitar, vocals

Isaac is a multi-instrumentalist from the heart of Utah. Being raised around music, he started playing the guitar beginning at the age of 6. He won his first Utah state guitar flat-picking championship at age 10 and went on to win 6 more in ensuing years. He picked up the banjo at age 12 and after a small hiatus he’s back in the banjo saddle. 

Isaac recently graduated from BYU and is pursuing a career in music. He has produced 3 albums, 3 singles, and several music videos on YouTube. Some of his musical influences include: Pink Floyd, The Eagles, Joshua Lee Turner, Daft Punk, Billy Strings, ELO, The Beatles, and John Hartford. 

Percussionist Peyton Ford poses with cajon.

Peyton Ford

percussion

Peyton is from Murfreesboro, TN. She’s played percussion for over 15 years and graduated with her degree in percussion at BYU. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Film and Media Studies at ASU. Growing up, she knew very little about folk music, but all that changed when she got to college and met some great people. She and Quinn, also in the band, are married.

Bassist Quinn Gleave poses with upright bass.

Quinn Gleave

bass, vocals

Quinn is from Springville, UT and first got involved in American folk music through his high school’s after school bluegrass band organized by his orchestra teacher. Quinn had taken 8 years of voice lessons and has achieved top mark in state vocal competitions. He enjoys playing and listening to bluegrass, Americana, and 50’s/60’s country music. 

OUR MUSIC