About The Band
Everyday Lights is a group of Salina-based musicians with a love for folk and jazz rhythms. Their unique instrumentation and improvised harmony gives them a fresh, creative sound that is best realized in their original music. Their ability to combine a variety of musical styles including folk, country, rock and bluegrass always keeps the audience guessing and looking forward to the next song.
Paul Austin is a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Church Music and a master’s degree in Composition and Theory. While at Hardin-Simmons, Austin was a recipient of the Outstanding Student Composer Award and was also named the 2004 Honors Composer. His music has been performed at multiple churches throughout his home state of Texas and with the Salina Symphony. Austin is currently serving as worship pastor at First Covenant Church of Salina. He and his wife, Kandi, have five children, Desiree, Ryker, Cayman, Tannin and Raley.
Jennifer Chlumsky was born and raised in McPherson, Kansas. After graduating from Elyria Christian High School, she went on to receive a degree in Music Education from Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas. Chlumsky moved to Salina in 2007 to teach general music at Coronado Elementary, and became the choir director at First Covenant Church in Salina in the fall of 2008. She earned a Masters of Music Arts at Kansas State University in 2012. Jennifer is currently loving being a stay home mom and continues to work part time at First Covenant Church.
Cody Toll began playing the violin at the age of five after seeing his cousin, Donnie Kelley, play in the Salina Youth Symphony. Since that time, he has developed a love for playing a wide variety of styles of music, as well as various other instruments. Cody's profession is near to his first love though; he has directed public school orchestras for five years after graduating from Dr. Cora Cooper's violin studio at KSU. In addition to Everyday Lights, he also plays with the Salina Symphony and the Manhattan Project String Quartet.
Keenan Toll has been playing drums since the fifth grade and has participated in various musical endeavors over the years, while juggling many other activities along the way. Keenan enjoys listening to hard rock and heavy metal music, and these genres are sometimes reflected in his drumming style in Everyday Lights. Music has always played an important role in Keenan’s life, although his professional life has primarily revolved around technical fields. He enthusiastically looks forward to the future of Everyday Lights. Rock on!
Married to a certain lovely percussionist, Gus is a classically trained bassist who has delved into a diverse set of genres including Jazz, Rock, Broadway, Blues, and Christian music. He is also a self-trained electric bassist. Gus enjoys playing with the Salina Symphony, playing in the pit for Salina Community Theater shows, serving on several local non-profit boards, and managing his media production business: Fili Creative.
Visit Gus's website at gustafapplequistbass.com
Visit Fili's website at filicreative.com
Married to a certain handsome bassist, Hannah is a recent graduate of Kansas Wesleyan University with a degree in Percussion Performance. Hannah is a private lessons instructor at Applequist Percussion Studio in Downtown Salina. Hannah has a fashion blog called The Emerald Slipper which focuses on sustainable brands. She is a member of the Salina Symphony Percussion Section and also performs regularly in KWU's Orchestra and Band, the Salina Community Theater Pit Orchestra, and as a freelance soloist. Hannah also enjoys decorating, traveling, and playing with her puppies, Lilly and Lucy!
Visit Hannah's website at hannahapplequistpercussion.com