Meet The Band

Sneezy’s sound is the perfect culmination of all things good in music. It fuses the genres of pop, reggae, hip-hop, and rock, and it has a natural, summery sunshine feel to every track. Their neo-soul undertone provides a little something extra to their music and creates an infectious, addicting rhythm that you’ll be glad to have stuck in your head.

Like James Brown, Sneezy turns in a killer show and leaves it all on the stage, every time. Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, Sneezy’s catchy, cascading rhythms spiral onwards, leading scores of carousing fans dancing & singing along with songs they know by heart. From frontman Brett O’Connor: “We’re always having fun on stage, and you really get our music when you see us live. Our mission is to create an ever-growing community through our music.”

Brett O’Connor

Position: Lead Vocals, Harmonica

Brett O’Connor a.k.a. “Sneezy” or “BOC” grew up in Libertyville, IL with fellow bandmates: Jack, Austin, and Thomas. As early as first grade, Brett and Jack were serenading anyone that would listen. Although they have been singing together their entire lives, the band was officially given its name when a joyous onlooker demanded to know who they were during a routine jam. Jack proclaimed, “We’re called Sneezy”.

Music is family to Brett. He’s only been in one band and believes that music is a vehicle to connect deeply with the people he loves. Outside of the band you can find Brett backpacking in the depths of the wilderness, yelling at a TV during Chicago Bulls or Bears game, or exploring the city with his girlfriend and dog.

Brett O’Connor

Lead Vocals, Harmonica

Jack Holland

Position: Acoustic Guitar, Vocals

Jack Holland a.k.a “Jucy J”, “JJ Dude”, or “Sugar Jack” was raised among musicians whom shaped his skill and love for music. Music was woven in the walls of his childhood home; the living room had a 1960’s champagne gold Gretsch drum set beside the couch. It faced a TV that was perched atop a Hammond chord organ. Old armchairs framed a big bass amp while microphones stood in one corner and a piano graced the other. It was within this room that the group embarked on their musical journey together in 1998. Their ‘440 W. Cook’ album, released in 2019, pays homage to the home where it all began. Over time, the group grew in size as new friends were invited to jam, thus becoming “Sneezy” as they are known today. When Jack is not dedicating his time towards music, he can be found embarking on other creative journeys that include painting, digital media, and customizing his guitars.

Jack Holland

Acoustic Guitar, Vocals

Thomas Hannum

Position: Bass

Thomas “Chops” Hannum, began his musical journey on piano at the age of 5. In 4th grade he started playing alto saxophone. As time progressed, so too did his desire for a lower tone, leading to the baritone saxophone. Even that wasn’t enough, so he picked up the bass and hasn’t put it down since.

Chops has developed many interests over the years. In college, Thomas studied engineering and played NCAA volleyball. Before heading off for his studies, he was approached by Brett and Jack to start playing with the band Sneezy Trio.

Thomas Hannum

Bass

Austin Lutter

Position: Lead Guitar, Vocals

Austin “Big Blazer” Lutter joined the band (then known as Sneezy Trio) in 2009 after helping record and produce some of the Trio’s initial recordings. Sneezy being a band comprised of lifelong friends, Austin has known Jack since age 4 and Brett since 1st grade… and growing up together, the living room at the Holland’s house right down the street from Austin’s home was always a safe space to create, and served as the perfect launching point for his now 26 year musical career.

As the band’s resident metal head, Austin 🎸 shreds 🤘 lead guitar for Sneezy, and likes to spend his free time with his family, girlfriend, and two chihuahuas named Malcolm and Leonard. When not on tour with Sneezy, he enjoys a good RPG video game, playing chess, and the occasional synthesizer EDM jam.

Austin Lutter

Lead Guitar, Vocals

Austin Koziol

Position: Drums, Vocals

Austin Koziol a.k.a. “Koz” from Libertyvile, IL is a husband, father, and drummer. Austin got hooked after hearing funk music for the first time when he was eight years old. Ever since – his life has been guided by his dream to be a full-time musician.

Koz, 15 years old at the time, worked at the same sandwich shop as Jack and jammed with the Sneezy boys on a whim after work one day. A few years later he got a call from them to play a show with them. “When?” He asked. “Tonight. Picking you up in 10 minutes”, Jack replied. The rest is history. He met his wife Marissa studying music at ISU in 2016. Eight years later, they have a baby girl on the way. In addition to music, Austin’s underlying passion for health and fitness lead him to become a part-time personal trainer and nutrition coach (more info at @austinkoz_). He helps musicians look, feel, and play better through health and fitness.

Austin Koziol

Drums, Vocals

Juan Luchini

Position: Keys, Vocals, Percussion

Born to Argentine immigrants, Juan Andres Luchini a.k.a. “Juany” or “Juanito” grew up in a multicultural house and picked up music from a very young age. He went on to study music business in Nashville, where he and fellow singer/musician Brett met and became friends. Juan joined several bands and acapella groups throughout the years. In his early twenties, he played as a solo guitarist/singer in Argentina, while simultaneously studying various instruments & songwriting/music production. Fast-forward to 2020, Sneezy was in need of a new member who could play keys and sing. When Juan isn’t touring with Sneezy or crafting new music, he enjoys spending his time with family, exercise, plenty of sun, and (a completely reasonably healthy addiction to) chess.

Juan Luchini

Keys, Vocals, Percussion

Destiny Pivonka

Position: Saxophone, Vocals

Destiny “TK” Pivonka is a Chicago based, international touring saxophonist and recording artist. She’s recorded with JJ Cale, Gizzae, Lubriphonic, Teddy Afro, Sneezy and countless local acts all over the U.S. She’s been with Sneezy since October of 2021 and considers them to be her forever home. She loves to sail, she sword fights, and she makes a mean potato salad.

Destiny Pivonka

Saxophone, Vocals