The Court Jesters are ten musicians that LOVE to make music! We have been playing in and around San Antonio for many years. We have a common thread besides our love of music: We are all (most) local attorneys! That's right--when the lights come up, we trade in our law books for our songbooks, our legal cases for instrument cases, our trial notes for eighth notes, and our wing-tips for blue suede! What's more impressive, the lawyers stop arguing and start playing some of the best music in the San Antonio area!
The Court Jesters are a horn driven rock band and play a variety of Rock & Roll and R&B classics spanning from the late 1950's to the mid 1980's.
We are based in San Antonio, but we can travel to surrounding areas to meet your needs. The Court Jesters play for civic functions, company/corporate parties, benefits, holiday parties, reunions, birthdays, graduations, or any other similar gathering.
The Court Jesters history begins in September of 2005. However, the band's foundation originally began to take shape in 1987 when Mark Luitjen (vocals/bass guitar) asked Ruben Barrera (trumpet/flugelhorn/trombone) to join him and other musicians to play at a Bexar County District Attorney Follies show in October of that year. Mike Jackson (vocals/guitar) joined for the following year's Follies show.
In the late 1980's and early 1990's, Ruben and Joe Casseb (guitar/vocals) were practicing law together at a local law firm. Ruben and Joe teamed up with Mark, and Joe's brother, Sol Casseb (drums) to play their firm's annual holiday parties. Despite their love for music and entertaining, their professional careers and family obligations pulled them away from the music scene for a number of years.
In 2005, Mary Doggett (vocals) approached Ruben and Joe with the idea of putting together a lawyer band to perform that fall at the San Antonio Bar Association and Bar Foundation Installation Dinner and Dance Gala. Ruben, Mark, Mike, Sol, Joe and Mary then set out to find the remaining musicians necessary for this band in the hopes of playing together long past this event. Added to the mix were Steve Barrera (guitar), Brett Rowe (trumpet/flugelhorn/vocals), Doug Walsdorf (trumpet/flugelhorn/vocals), Jim Frost (saxophones) and the band's only non-lawyer, commercial real estate broker Bobby Trevino (keyboards). The Court Jesters have been performing continuously since September 2005. Mary retired from the band in May of 2008. Mark Luitjen retired from the band in April of 2013, after a long and wonderful time with the band. Mark did more for our band than we could ever express. Jim Frost retired from the band in June of 2013. Mike Jackson retired as the lead vocalist of the band in April of 2014. Shawn Smith joined the band as its lead vocalist in August of 2014.