MEET THE BAND

Tristana Ward - Vocals

Tristana Ward - Vocals

After graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Tristana spent 15 years in Los Angeles immersed in numerous aspects of the music and film industry. In addition, she recorded the award-winning children's album, "Dreamland: Songs for Sleepyheads Big and Small". Upon moving back to Lake Minnetonka, forming POB with childhood friend, Kristin, is the culmination of a passion to perform great music with great musicians, a ton of hard work and proof that life often comes full-circle.

Kristin Williams - Vocals

Kristin Williams - Vocals

Formally the female front for the 10 piece R&B funk band "The Prophets of Soul", her voice has been compared to the likes of Aretha Franklin and Teena Marie. However, her musical heart is not limited to just the funky side. With it's eclectic mix of music and musicians, Pandora's Other Box is the band she's been waiting for. She is raising 3 great kids with her husband in Maple Grove. Music is her personal outlet rounding out a very full life and she wouldn't have it any other way.

Mitch Melohn - Guitar

Mitch Melohn - Guitar

Mitch first picked up a guitar when he was eight years old. Influenced by blues, rock, and country music from his parents old records, Mitch has developed a very unique playing style. He has performed with various bands throughout the midwest, playing at weddings, festivals, and fairs. As a chiropractor by day, he enjoys the opportunity to play music in front of others on nights and weekends.

Joel Thielman - Keys

Joel Thielman - Keys

Since graduating from McNally Smith in 2013, Joel Thielman has been playing keyboards professionally as a solo act and in bands around the Twin Cities. He has been trained in classical and jazz, but recently finds himself playing almost exclusively with rock groups. Joel prides himself on being able to hold down a solid groove and complement whatever is happening on top of the rhythm section... until it's time to solo. Then it's game on (with lots of notes!)

Daniel Brakke - Bass

Daniel Brakke - Bass

Having started on piano and guitar, he picked up the bass as a teenager and has stuck with it since. He has studied Audio Engineering at the Institute of Production and Recording and majored in Bass Performance at McNally Smith College of Music. He has played gigs across the country with multiple bands and theatre shows in small clubs all the way to large theaters and festivals. He can be seen most weekends at venues across the greater Twin Cities area.

Derrick Raiter - drums

Derrick Raiter - drums

Derrick has been playing and teaching percussion for over 25 years. In addition to teaching private and group lessons, he also performs and records with several local artists. He has a Bachelors of Music from St. Cloud University and has extensive experience with a wide variety of instruments in many different musical styles. He's on the Vic Firth Education Team, a Sabian Local Artist, and a member of The Professional Drum Teachers Guild and the Percussive Arts Society.