Ellen has been involved in music since she could talk and forcing people to watch her perform since she could walk! Always excited for the next opportunity and cannot wait to see where this journey takes her! At 25 she’s now had 17 years of real experience and will always continue learning!! She looks forward to whatever the future holds and thanks her God, her boyfriend, and all who support her.
Eric Exner – Male Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards
Returning to the band in 2022 after a few years away to focus on his medical career, Eric is proud to be the band’s jack (well, John) of all trades. He spent the last 15+ years gigging with bands in Milwaukee and the Fox Valley, learning to sing like Jon Bon Jovi, strum a guitar like John Mayer, and tickle the ivories like John Legend. If you ask nicely, he might even bust out some jazz flute. His influences include the Foo Fighters, Marianas Trench, and Stone Sour, but he knows he’s destined to someday join a Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 soundtrack tribute band.
Jared Leppert – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Jared is ready to serve up ripe riffs and tasty licks. After getting his start behind the drum kit, he switched to guitar, deciding shredding an axe was more his style. Building his chops in the fields of Iowa, he has fortuitously performed with a plethora of musicians spanning a myriad of genres across the US. Jared is humbled by the opportunity as a conduit of music to all current and future TSU fans!
Brad Lloyd – Bass
Brad’s background in music started in middle school playing the trumpet. Throughout middle & high school he played in various ensembles and enjoyed jazz band. Throughout the years after he played in various community groups and big bands. Brad picked up the bass about 16 years ago when some friends needed a bass player for their basement band project and hasn’t looked back. He has played in several bands in NE Wisconsin. Brad’s Influences range from alternative, jazz, funk, classic rock, rock & grunge.
Andy Shoemaker – Drums
Andy started playing drums in middle school and continued on through college as part of the marching band. After school, he got involved with a couple of local original bands. With the breakup of one of those bands, Andy got together with a former frontman and friend Jason and they decided to put together a unique project that would become This Side Up. In his role as drummer and band leader Andy ensures This Side Up will keep the crowd dancing and the party rockin’!