Mirage - St. Louis

One interesting aspect of Mirage is that each member brings a unique quality, talent and/or background to the band. This contributes to the versatility of the band and keeps every Mirage performance unique and fresh. For example, while performing with her sister, Cara has won several nationally recognized contests for song writing, Brett previously toured with country star Kimberly Cash and also shared the stage with many top national touring acts - Night Ranger , REO Speedwagon and Cheap Trick to name a few. Craig’s Grandfather played with the St. Louis Symphony for 30+ years as well as playing shows at the Fox Theater and Muny. (Craig earned his music degree from Loyola University in New Orleans.) Lou Bleile, lead and backing vocals and guitar, is also an original member of Mirage. From teaching guitar lessons for many years at Nottelmann Music Company, to playing in his church's 'Praise' band, music has been and is a big part of Lou's life. When not performing with Mirage and spending time with his family, Lou is a Loan Officer for a local mortgage company. In his early years, Kurt enjoyed playing dixieland and jazz with the Spring Avenue Jazz band. Kenny earned his musical degree from UMSL and is versatile in playing the alto, tenor and baritone saxes as well as the clarinet. Originally studying piano, Darren moved to the drums and taught private lessons for years. Robert won several awards for jazz musicianship while earning his music degree at UMSL. Not only is he an accomplished Trombone player, but he takes center stage several times throughout the night singing a few songs and lets his rapping skills shine from time to time as well.

With a history of satisfied clients for over twenty years now, Mirage takes numerous steps to make sure each performance is of the highest quality.

To name a few, Mirage will:

  • personally meet with each client one month before the engagement
  • personally be on site two hours before every event to ensure all logistics are worked out for the evening
  • coordinate with the Director of Catering/Banquet Manager, etc at each venue as well as the Photographer, Videographer, Event Planner and others as applicable
  • have a sound/light engineer at every engagement to ensure a quality performance pleasing to the ears and the eyes.

A few features offered by Mirage

  • Numerous instrumentation options available (solo piano, jazz trio and more)
  • Detailed planning assistance to take the guesswork out of managing your event
  • Formal attire unless otherwise requested
  • Master of Ceremonies (emceeing) as requested
  • Wireless microphone for announcements, toasts, etc.
  • Recorded music during breaks (when appropriate)

To truly appreciate the quality, versatility and fun that Mirage offers, call and make arrangements to see them perform live – you will not be disappointed.