The Tuxedo Cats Approach
The Tuxedo Cats do everything within their ability to make the shows a family friendly environment. Then theres the music. Wow! Its going to be a great night out!
The Tuxedo Cats History
When these boys (average age is 52) started out, they were just looking for somebody who still enjoyed the music of the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. As it turns out, the demand is high!
Todd and Mike met working in a Tyler band called Upscale in 2006, playing mostly jazz standards, dinner music and ballads. While a great band and an enjoyable experience, it was soon clear the rock kept trying to find it’s way into the set.
Todd formed the Tuxedo Cats as a three-piece variety band incorporating jazz, classic rock, country and rockabilly.
Mike soon joined, followed by Steve, and then Scotty. Tim worked as the fill in drummer until 2017, when Mike moved to Forney, Texas to be closer to his grand kids. He then stepped into the part time role, and Tim filled the spot remarkably, making the transition smooth as a grand baby’s butt!
Meet The Tuxedo Cats
If you find a group that is not only willing to get on board with your vision, but has the same goals independently, it creates a synergy that few are fortunate enough to ever experience.
Founder, CEO, Guitarist, Vocalist
Todd Rinlee is the “Man-Behind-The-Band”. His vision and daily workman-like dedication has kept the group working steadily since 2009. In addition to his leadership as a musician, he’s the manager, booking agent, and sound man for one of the most popular bands in East Texas. During the week, when he’s not booking a gig, promoting on social media, or rehearsing, Todd teaches guitar at Mundt Music of Tyler.
Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Tim Letsch – Death Defying Drums, Vocals, and Team Chaplain. Tim came in to fill the shoes of Co-founder Mike Harper, and what a great choice. No one else would do. Much like Steve, Tim has worked with several local musical acts, BUT on keyboards and piano! Stepping into the role of drummer for The Tuxedo Cats was a daunting task and this gentleman did it with so much class that the band never missed a beat. Tim spends his weeks with his wonderful family and fulfilling the duties of Pastor at Crossroads Community Church.
Drums, Percussion, Vocals and Co-founder
Mike Harper – Drum Deputy, Vocals, Crazy Uncle! Mike is a song and dance man from the late 50s with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. A DJ by day and a grandpa at night, Mike stepped back from the rock and roll adulation of adoring crowds and Beatlemania to play Candyland, plants versus zombies, and hungry hippo. He has since assumed a semi retirement role as part time drummer in the band. As the elder statesman of the Tuxedo Cats, Mike often offers sound advice to his younger bandmates to stay in school, floss often, and just say no to drugs. Mike teaches drums and percussion at Mundt Music of Tyler.
Steeeeeve Graham – Bass Boss, Vocals, and Rock Historian. From his long history as bassist for many popular local bands, touring bands and his extensive time managing and marketing music, Steve’s knowledge of music facts is unparalleled.. At least by anyone WE know! That combined with his knowledge of sports history, has earned him the name Steveopedia! Steve also teaches at Guitar Center in Tyler.
Scotty G – Astonishing Keys, Vocals, and Drone Operator! Star of Stage and Screen, Scott Garrisons musical resume is very impressive and quite humbling. A very humble man himself, he rarely reveals the giant names he’s performed with and simply gives his testimony about the love that fills his life currently. Operating CMS Recording Studio, World Ventures Travel Company, being husband and father in his beautiful family, and entertaining friends fills Scotty G’s days and nights.