Lee Benjamin - Banjo, dobro, guitar and vocals


Lee Benjamin has been in bands off and on his whole life. He started playing guitar then bass in many rock bands. He picked up the banjo about 12 years ago and has worked steadly to master it. His banjo playing is punchy yet he prides himself on tasteful playing with a desire to maintain bluegrass traditions. Lee also sings lead vocals and baritone harmonies. He adds dobro to many of Cotton Wood's songs bringing a different feel to these tunes. Lee lives in Center, ND.




Keith Koch - Guitar and vocals

 Keith Koch's, guitar & vocals create a great feel and steady presence. Keith's talents were honed during years of singer-songwriter performances around the Washburn area. Cotton Wood gained a truely established talent when Keith joined our happy troupe. Keith and his wife Beth live in Mesa, AR and Bismarck, ND.




Dan Foster - Mandolin, Guitar and vocals

Dan Foster grew up in a family of musicians with rich musical traditions in church. He loves acoustic instruments and has been playing since age 12. Dan is an inventive guitarist and favors a melodic mandolin style. His tenor voice blends nicely on the band's harmonies and leads. Old timey instrumentals, sad ballads, and haunting cival war tunes are amongst favorites. Dan lives in Washburn, ND with his wife Janet.



Jill Wiese - Bass, guitar and vocals

Jill Wiese has performed in various singing groups and bands around the Washburn area for years. Her clear vocals and rhythmic bass anchor Cotton Wood's beat. Jill has bluegrass running through her veins, and has spread it to some of her offspring. She loves to perform and everyone enjoys her vocal stylings. The voice of the band (and resident nurse wherever she is), she lives north of Washburn, ND with her husband Bob (our sound man and resident saint)