Nate Brandstater, vocalist

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Instrument: Vocalist

Year Joined the Band: 2000

Favorite Esquires Tune: Mack The Knife, Skyliner, Don’t Be That WayMusical Influences: Sinatra, Harry Connick, Jr., Nat King Cole, Tex Beneke

Studying / Profession: Chemistry (I earned a Ph.D. at UCLA and now teach and work at a small university in southern California)Hobbies: Disc Golf (like golf, but played with Frisbees. Yes, Frisbees. Yes, they have real disc golf courses. www.pdga.com)

A Little Something About You: I played trombone in high school and my college jazz band (but Eric the band leader won’t let me play with the Esquires for some reason…). I also sing with a gospel a capella group that I’ve been with since high school.

Best Part of Being an Esquire: I’m able to spend time with a bunch of truly excellent people serving a great cause and playing great music. What a deal!