the band


meet the guys

The Sue Orfield Band, formed in 2005 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, features Mike Schlenker on guitar and vocals, Randy Sinz on bass and vocals, Dave Schrader on drums and vocals, and of

course, Sue Orfield on sax.

While focusing on writing their own genre-crossing music, their roots are in the blues. 

They have one album out, “BONK!,” released in 2009, and are working on their second.

mike schlenker

Mike Schlenker is a mainstay in the Chippewa Valley music scene. He’s been playing music locally, and touring for 30 years, and is most noted for playing with bands such as Another Carnival, Axis, and the Jimmy Solberg Band.

Mike has shared the stage with many notable musicians over the years, including Howard Ludtke, Peter Phippen, and Jo Dee Messina. He currently lives in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, playing music and running his music store, Speed of Sound.

randy sinz

Randy has been playing music professionally for over 44 years. Although he first learned to play guitar, first stage performance on bass was at the age of 12 with his father’s band, Jerry Sinz and his Dairyland Ranch Hands.

After a road tour in the 70’s with the “Al Perry Country Affair,” he played with a number of popular bands from the Chippewa Valley, including the Cadillac Cowboys, Tequila Sage, Southern Serenade, the Dairyland Ranch Hands, and Rada-Dada.

In addition to playing with the Sue Orfield Band, he currently plays electric and upright bass with Ranger Rudy & the Swingin’ Wingtips, Catya’s Trio, AcoustiHoo, Code Blue, and Rada-Dada.

david schrader

Drummer Dave Schrader has performed in many local cover bands around the Chippewa Valley since the age of 15. As a road warrior and through hard knocks and dirty socks, he spent time traveling with several bands from 1973 through 1977 gaining experience in different genres.

During the 1980s he was a proud member of “Southern Serenade,” a popular country-rock group who thrilled audiences with their vocal and musical talents. In 1991, he provided the drum tracks for the rock band “Rhythm Kings” second CD. Currently, he is also a member of “Dixie & The Dreamers.”

He brings to the table a smooth, versatile approach to multiple styles of music and a solid background vocal capability.