About CTS Called To Serve
Ever since it’s inception over 13 years ago, rock band CTS has made a huge impact on many around the country with their edgy rock sound with lyrics that touch the heart. Fueled with a passion for music since childhood, singer/songwriter Jeff Senour formed
CTS to inspire people of all ages to live their dreams. The musical journey of CTS has garnered the band numerous awards from album of the ye ... read more
oe found himself holding drumsticks in an ensemble on the very first day, before he knew rudiment one. Ensemble play has always been the center of his craft. His extensive experience includes genres such as rock, punk, jazz, gospel, theatre, drum corps, and orchestra. During his educational music years, Joe won many awards for both solo and ensemble performance, demonstrating powerful chops, keen understanding, disciplined execution, deference to the group, calmness under pressure and most of all, love for the audience. Joe has shared the stage with a few professional artists who have profoundly influenced his life. These artists include Granville Cleveland, Jr. (Circle of Soul, The Clan); Don Wallace (Bee Bee and Cee Cee Winans); Bob Kauflin (Sovereign Grace Ministries). Joe’s influences include drummers from Buddy Rich to John Bonham. Neil Pert, Joey Kramer, Ian Paice, Phil Ehart, Barrymore Barlow, and even Ringo Starr also had an impact.
Jeff Senour, born in Portland, Oregon and mostly raised in Southern California with parents his Dad flew private airplanes and his Mom was a Violinist, was taught from an early age that if you believe in yourself an have a dream you can make it come true. Ever since it’s inception 13 years ago, rock band CTS- Called To Serve, has made a huge impact on many around the country with their edgy rock sound combined with lyrics that touch the heart with inspiration. Fueled with a passion for music since childhood, singer/songwriter Jeff Senour formed CTS to inspire people of all ages to live their dreams and honor our real American Heroes. Ever since it’s inception, Jeff’s mission for the band was to pass along a message of the American dream through music. The band’s dedication to our Military, Police, Firefighters and First Responders has placed their music in numerous festivals, Military events, fundraisers and charities across the nation. Jeff’s vigor for life carries over as well to his career at Southwest Airlines as a Captain. He enjoys the culture of Southwest and on each flight he has flown thousands of passengers, over millions of miles and does his best to not only be safe but leave the customers with some fun and inspiration. You can catch Jeff many times actually performing with his custom guitar, a gift from Gary Kelly, to the passengers before each flight. The musical journey of CTS has garnered the band numerous awards from album of the year and video of the year with several music organizations, the Founders Award with Military Writer’s Society and most recently the President’s Award with Southwest Airlines. “Can’t Get Off This Train” hit the National radio charts at #42 in 2008 and has had other radio play along the way as well. The powerhouse sound of CTS consists of Jeff Senour, Dylan Elliott, Joe McGinnity and Jerry Nuzum all world class musicians on their own, have joined together to create the high octane sound of CTS. The band has performed all over the country in various venues and opened for numerous National Artists. CTS performs in cities around America, it’s one of a kind show called “Freedom Rock Experience”. The concert is a multi media rock show, placing high school or college orchestras on stage for a high energy performance with up to 250 students rocking the stage with CTS. Honoring the real American Hero from Military, Police, Firefighters and Teachers, the show is designed to inspire our youth of today, to live their dreams. Jeff’s passion for making dreams become realities is evident in his life besides as a musician. Jeff has been a professional pilot at Southwest Airlines for 24 years. His previous Aviation experience involved his skills as a Screen Actors Guild aerial coordinator and film pilot with movie credits such as “True Lies”, “Executive Decision”, “Hot Shots”, “Space Cowboys” and hundreds of Military photo chase missions including the Blue Angels Canadian Snowbirds and USAF Thunderbirds. Jeff flew a specially equipped Learjet with the Nettmann Vectorivision system for 15 years, capturing some of the most stunning aerial photo shots enjoyed by many in movies and Military research and development. As a Civilian pilot, Jeff was allowed to fly next to almost every Military jet in the inventory to capture the shots. He also became a helicopter pilot and flew for Channel 9 News in Los Angeles for many years. Jeff says the music of CTS is the melodic story of his life and that we can all achieve great things in life if we try and believe in ourselves. To date Jeff has logged over 25,000 hours in the air and has fueled the inspiration of the music he writes. CTS has performed for many well known organizations such as Medal Of Honor, Hispanic Medal Of Honor Society, Pentagon, Snowball Express - honoring our widows and children who have lost a loved one in Military Service, Patriot Guard Riders, Operation Homefront, American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation, Defense Intelligence Agency, World Trade Memorial, Families Raising Hope and more. In 2013, CTS was featured at the acclaimed NAMM Music Convention on the main stage with over 100 students from Esperanza and Yorba Linda High Schools. In 2015 Jeff was awarded the President’s Award with Southwest Airlines for his committment to honoring our Veterans and inspiring our youth through his music. Recently, CTS teamed up with Top Fuel Drag racer Doug Herbert, with their release of “Quarter Mile”. Inspired by 7 time land speed record holder Valerie Thompson, the CTS song, available on Itunes, is donating proceeds of downloads, to B.R.A.K.E.S, a national driving school started by Doug Herbert after losing 2 teenage sons in an automobile accident. The music of CTS has also been in several movies including recently the single “Way Back Home”, in “Searching For Home”, a documentary about Soldiers returning from War and their struggle to aclimate back into family life. Check out the band on their website at: www.ctsmusic.com www.reverbnation.com/jeffsenourandcts EPK: www.artistecard.com/ctsfreedomrock Awards: President’s Award - Southwest Airlines Founders Award - Military Writers Society Best Music Video - “You Won’t Be Forgotten” - Military Writers Society Best Song - “My House” - Military Writers Society Legacy Of Valor Medal - Hispanic Medal Of Honor Society “Snowball Express” - Written for the charity Snowball Express NAMM Music Convention - Featured Main Stage for their show with high school orchestras. Member of Screen Actors Guild, ASCAP and IMDB Movie And TV Credits: True Lies Executive Decision Hot Shots Silence Of The Lambs Forever Young Space Cowboys Every Which Way But Loose Channel 9 News Fall Guy Murder She Wrote USAF - Thunderbirds, F-22, F-16, F-15, Pegasus Rocket Launch US Navy - Blue Angels, F-14-, F-18 Research, X-31 NASA Research And Development Chase Pilot - Edwards Air Force Base Canadian Snowbirds Boeing McDonnell Douglas Lockheed Numerous Airline and Automotive commercials