The Stellar Unit

The Stellar Unit

The Stellar Unit is a vocal group that relives the music of the Big Band Era and Ballroom Dance.



Gene Keen

Keyboards, Vocals, Trumpet, Bass Trumpet, Valve Trombone

Gene Keen’s music career has truly been exciting performing to audiences worldwide. He has performed on a huge variety of stages, from intimate settings to major showrooms, arenas and theaters. His role as Musical Director has included productions for Disney, Sea World, Busch Gardens, and many cruise lines. A native of Houston, Texas, and founding member of The Stellar Unit, a vocal group that relives the music of the Big Band Era, Gene moved to Las Vegas in 1986. In 1996 he accepted the position of “Musical Director ‘Emeritus’ for the Mickey Finn Show”, touring extensively both here and abroad. Now back home in Houston, he continues to commute to venues around the country while providing production services from his own studio in Houston and his production partner Synergy Studios in Las Vegas.


Joe Stroud

Trumpet and Flugelhorn

A first call player who brings a lifetime of musical artistry to every note he plays. His diverse and fluid melodies capture the timeless essence of many musical genres, from intimate jazz settings to symphonic and musical theater performance and recordings. Joe joined The Stellar Unit in 1978 and continues his work with Keen Music in Houston, and Synergy Studios and Duly Noted in Las Vegas.

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Karenna Lee


Karenna Lee, the newest member of The Stellar Unit, brings a vocal library that includes the standards of yesteryear and the sounds of today.


Big Mamou

I Should Care

Mack The Knife

Opus One


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