Instrument(s): Tuba & String Bass
Hometown: East Amhurst, New York
Member since: 1979
Craig “Hurricane” Hodnett, String Bass & Tuba, Buffalo, New York, joined the NRB in 1979, and performed on the 3rd NRB recording “Beginnings.” Before the NRB, he had traversed the United States with brother Nick and the Celebration Road Show and then settled in Saginaw for a few years before packing his bags again and more “road” work. Returning to Buffalo in 1985, he settled back into being one of the busier bassists. Deciding to finally slow down, he currently performs with the American Legion Band of the Tonawandas’ Post 264 (national and international award winning ensemble with Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House concerts), Cheektowaga Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Swing Big Band (appearing in the movie “The Natural” with Robert Redford), Morgan Street Stompers and the Storyville Rhythm Kings (both Dixieland bands), PCM Trio (club jazz), T-NT Brass and Great Lakes Brass (quintets), Das Rosengartners (German cabaret and folk music), and a host of other groups throughout western New York and southern Canada.
When not tooting a bass horn or plucking a bass from his diverse collection of basses, he is working with the little ones in grades K – 8 teaching classroom/instrumental music. Occasionally he works with high school and community groups developing their marching presentation, as well as functioning as a NY-Penn Parade judge during the summer
Greg Winters saysJune 8, 2017 at 10:15 am
Blast from your Saginaw past. Remember you from playing with Frank Mills and the SCYB jazz ensemble. I was 2nd chair trombonist. Nice to see you’re keeping the flame burning!
Sarah saysAugust 22, 2017 at 2:53 am
Hi Craig and Greg!! Talk about a blast from the past! I played trombone with Craig at Pit-N-Balcony and Greg at SVSU!! Great to see both of you!!
Greg Winters saysAugust 2, 2020 at 10:28 pm
Sarah…Wenzel? Wow. I remember when we went to see Chicago at Pine Knob. How are you? Ping me at my email address if you can.
Greg Winters saysAugust 2, 2020 at 10:29 pm
kent shields saysApril 15, 2018 at 4:43 pm
HERE’S A REAL BLAST!!!!!! TREASURE ISLAND HOUSE BAND, JIMMY SHIELDS (DRUMS) CRAIG HODNETT (BASS) PIANO FORGOT.
kent shields saysApril 15, 2018 at 4:44 pm
(PIANO) MIKE DONOVAN SORRY MIKE.
MICHAEL DAVID saysMay 13, 2018 at 6:21 pm
Still enjoy your book.
Louis F Borkowski saysSeptember 18, 2019 at 6:15 pm
Also an excellent job MCing the concerts for the American Legion Band of Tonawanda’s.Helps understand the background of the music about to be played.
Louis F Borkowski saysSeptember 18, 2019 at 6:17 pm
My comment is the last one on the list