Our Story

The Wayward Creek Band includes Debbie Cushman, Elizabeth Giffin and Mary Nienaber. We play an assortment of folk, bluegrass, hymns and other music as inspired by the setting. Our trio had the good fortune of meeting through providing music for Wednesday evening chapel services at Unity Unitarian in St. Paul, MN.

Debbie hails from Madison, WI. She grew up as a Suzuki piano student and learned guitar as an adult. She hopes someday to see the black and white keys more clearly on the fretboard. A nonprofit administrator by day, Debbie uses some of her free time to sing with Unity's Women's Ensemble and perform around town in the alt-country duo Footfall (footfallmusic.com).

Elizabeth is originally from Dunlap, IL and works as a hospice music therapist. Recently, Elizabeth coordinated Unity's drumming participation in the Pride Festival and was also a participant in the Percussion Ensemble for Arthur Foote Music Sunday. Elizabeth enjoys exploring various instruments and isn't afraid to play any of them anywhere. 

Mary has been involved in providing church and other music for many years and has absolutely no academic preparation for it. She is newly returned to the Twin Cities, having moved home after many years in northern Minnesota. Mary sings with Unity Choir and One Voice Mixed Chorus in her spare time and runs the HR department for a local community college like a Swiss watch.