The Queen's Cartoonists
Joel “Sweet Sauce McKinley” Pierson, piano & intergalactic relations
Rossen “Chock Full” Nedelchev, percussion & procurement of agricultural products
Drew “Dranka” Pitcher, woodwinds & minister of alcohol preparedness
Greg “Eggs and” Hammontree, brass & machine-building enterprises
Mark “Dingo” Phillips, woodwinds & comptroller of public accounts
Larry “Can’t” Cook, bass
The Queen’s Cartoonists play music from classic cartoons and contemporary animation. The performances are synchronized to video projections of the original films, and the band leads the audience through a world of virtuosic musicianship, multi-instrumental mayhem, and comedy.
Behind the project is a single question: is it possible to create jazz and classical music in the 21st century that appeals to everyone? Even people who normally wouldn’t go to concerts? The Queen’s Cartoonists present a concert for everybody — regardless of age, gender, or familiarity with the concert hall.
Tying this diverse concert together are comedic anecdotes involving the cartoons and their composers. The band is on a musical mission of equal parts performance, preservation, and education. Expect the unexpected from repertoire that includes the Golden Age of animation, cult cartoon classics, modern animation, and elements of a musical circus!
To ensure the health and safety of our patrons, Artis—Naples has established procedures for your visit to the Kimberly K. Querrey and Louis A. Simpson Cultural Campus. All patrons will be required to wear a face mask and have their temperature taken when they arrive at Artis—Naples. Please review our COVID-19 Protocols for detailed guidance about our enhanced safety protocols.