Hunter leads a varied life alternating between music and medicine. He studied music at North Texas State University prior to attending medical school at the University of Iowa. He spent the summer of 1972 playing trombone and arranging for bandleader Dick Jurgens (Elmer's Tune). In 1976 he worked full time for Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians and played Guy's last television broadcast in 1977 on "New Years Eve with Guy Lombardo" on CBS television which was broadcast live from the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.
In Dubuque, he has conducted orchestras for many productions at the Grand Theater and directs the Dubuque Brass Quintet which sells out Christmas concerts yearly. In 1989 he was featured soloist with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra in their annual pops concert.
Hunter spent over two years creating "Swing Out! The Big Band Show" which not only sells out five concerts yearly in Dubuque, but has been presented in several other locations in Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois. He was honored to be featured at the Glenn Miller Festival in Clarinda, Iowa in 2003 and 2005.
As a physician, he works as an ophthalmologist at The Fuerste Eye Clinic with his brother and sister. The family businnes was established over 80 years ago by his grandfather and run for over 45 years by his father and mother.
He has been active in medicine and was President of the Iowa Academy of Ophthalmology in 2000 and President of the Iowa Medical Society in 2002.
In 2002 he was honored by a distinguished service award by the Iowa Academy of Ophthalmology. Later that year he was inducted into the Grand Theater Hall of Fame. Also that year he had the extreme honor of being selected as "First Citizen" in the Dubuque Telegraph Herald's annual award for distinguished community service.
Bryan Anthony has spent several years touring with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, bringing to life hit songs from another era, imparting his own style to each. A native of Spring, Texas, he has performed in the off- Broadway production of "Our Sinatra" and recently released his own CD. In addition to performing with the Hunter Fuerste Orchestra, he appears regularly with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra.
Originally from Dubuque, Amy now resides in Chicago where she performs regularly and teaches. In "Swing Out! The Big Band Show" she recreates the swing era greats such as Helen Forrest, Connie Haines and Jo Stafford. When she sings Jimmy Dosey's "Green Eyes" audiences immediately remember the distinctive style of the unforgettable Helen O'Connell.
Featured dancers Doug Makie and Cathy Breitbach take notes from the great dance teams of the day from Astaire and Rogers to Veloz and Yolanda. Recreations vary from the smooth and elegant ballroom foxtrots to the wild and acrobatic reminicent of Harlem's famous Savoy Ballroom. Always a stickler for detail, Cathy styles the hair of the female performers as well as selecting the dresses, three of which once belonged to Ginger Rogers.
The group specializes in the tight four-part harmonies of the big band era heard with groups such as the Pied Pipers and the Modernaires. Teri Fairchild, Tori Richter, Steve Slade and Mark Oppedahl rehearse extensively and then perform at a single RCA 44 microphone to make their recreation of the sound of the day authentic.