The Chisman Creek Story

Sometimes music lovers follow their hearts and become full-time musicians.  Sometimes, they follow a different current and wait for the day when music can take its rightful place in their lives.  This is the story of Chisman Creek Band.  These music lovers became military members, medical professionals, teachers, shipbuilders, and contractors until, one day, their dream of performing music became a reality, and Chisman Creek Band was born.   

From the beginning, they wanted to combine their musical talents and imaginations to cross musical genres and tastes.  They wanted to offer bluegrass, Country, Classic Rock, and original creations, and accompany all of it with bluegrass instrumentation.  And, they wanted to leave their audiences with memories of mesmorizing three-part harmonies.
Providing entertainment at area eateries, clubs, Festivals, and special events in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia and beyond, Chisman Creek Band Provides a steady stream of good music and overflowing enjoyment for their audiences. 


Angie Francis, rhythm guitar 
Angie was ten years old when she started playing guitar.  One of her early music teachers played in a Bluegrass band so she learned a lot of bluegrass and fiddle tunes.  Growing up she listened to the Kingston Trio and loved playing along to their records.  You could say they were her inspiration. She played guitar as a teen in Youth for Christ Campus Life during youth club meetings in high school.  She also played guitar for ladies events in church.  She is one of the original Chisman Creek Band members and actually started with the group when it was called Three River Mountain 2012.

Dean Shostak, fiddle

Dean considers himself so lucky to have always made a living as a musician.  He was hired on as a fiddler for Colonial Williamsburg at age 14, and before graduating high school he also played two seasons in the Country Show at Busch Gardens. Dean majored in music in college and paid his way playing anywhere and everywhere for tuition, rent and food. After college he returned to Williamsburg to play fiddle and revive the lost art of playing the Ben Franklin’s glass armonica.  While enjoying continued success in his solo career, he enjoys getting back to Bluegrass and Country with the fine folks in CCB.

John Leist, lead guitar and vocals
John sings and plays lead guitar for Chisman Creek Band.  He currently lives in York County Virginia where he arrived in 2003 compliments of the United States Air Force.  John is a retired Air Force Oral Surgeon and currently practices surgery near his home.
      Born in Louisville, Kentucky John was an Air Force brat and played in several bands throughout life beginning in high school in Bitburg Germany. He continued to enjoy time playing many varieties of music in bands spanning nine military assignments taking him to Asia twice, Europe, Africa, Central America, the Middle East, and both coasts.  His passions include church, travel, hunting, scuba diving with his brothers, motorcycles, playing guitar, singing, snow/water skiing, and competitive racing/sailing. 


Judy Wiseman, vocals and percussion
Judy started singing somewhere around the time she started talking – maybe even before, because in her family, just about everyone sang or played.  Some of her best memories are of family reunions in Kentucky where her mother, aunts, uncles, and cousins passed around harmonies and musical instruments like most people pass plates around the dinner table.  Hardly anyone could read music, but they didn’t have to because the music was in them.  As children, and accompanied by her mom and sisters she sang pretty much anywhere someone was willing to listen.  During college and prior to marrying her career-Army husband, John, she was part of two musical groups, and as they traveled around with the military and raised their son, music remained a part of her life through church choirs and special events.  Now she love making music with Chisman Creek Band.   


Crystal Walters, vocals and mandolin
Crystal has loved music and performing since her first solo in the 6th grade at Rural Point Elementary.  She looked for any opportunity to sing- choral groups, ensembles, musicals, church choirs, etc.  In college, she performed with a travelling music evangelism team in NC called Witness.  She learned so much from the talented musicians she was privileged to know through that ministry!  Her musical influences vary greatly from growing up enjoying pop, rock, and country, to gospel, contemporary Christian in church, and bluegrass from my years at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.   As an adult, she loves raising her three amazing children.  Now that they are getting older, she can take more time to enjoy music with talented friends.  She loves performing with Chisman Creek Band and has even been inspired to take up the mandolin.  Currently am a full time Realtor in Hampton Roads, VA, her interests are music, spending time with her family and friends, and anything related to salt water.

Jim Wenschlag, upright bass
Born and raised in Los Angles Jim has been interested in music ever since his parents sent him to accordion lessons when he was in 3rd grade.  He soon took up the guitar and enjoyed playing for friends and family.  He was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force in 1990 and visited many interesting places and met many interesting people.  He eventually ended up in Virginia where he retired.  Along the way he played in a classic rock band, Wire-to-Wire, while stationed in Germany and served in several church worship bands.  When he arrived in Virginia, his church already had several guitar players, but no bassist.  The rest, as they say, is history.  He started playing electric bass and fell in love with the low end.  After saving his pennies for a long time and a helpful funding boost from my biggest fan, his wife, he bought the upright bass he plays today.  He says he's been quite blessed to have teamed up with the musicians in Chisman Creek and is be able to share his passion for music with others.

Kevin Francis, sound engineer
Makes Chisman Creek Band sound great!

Promotional photos courtesy of Danielle Jackson Photography,