SEEKINGBand to Join, Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Trumpet, Saxophone, Trombone.
I am currently recovering from total knee replacement in my right knee and torn meniscus in my left knee. I have suspended actively seeking bands looking for a keyboard/vocalist until I am rehabilitated physically. I'm almost there, however, and I will gladly communicate with musicians who are "seriously interested" in adding a keyboard/vocalist or start a serious kick ass band. I am serious about my music and really don't want to discuss "possible" situations about adding keys to a group. Either you do want keys, or you don't! If you're apprehensive about it, you really don't!
I am a retired public high school music teacher (35 years)
I taught Choral, Piano and Electronic Music.
I am 67 years young and have experience playing multi-keyboards on all types of gigs from show groups to doing a MIDI single. I have downsized my keyboards from the once 5 keyboards to the 2 that I am using now.
I am very vocal oriented and need to have at least 2 strong vocalists (preferably all members) in the group in addition to myself.
I can sing lead and back-up vocals and have a 3 octave range. My lead singing is geared more towards ballads and 60's/70's/80's rock and my back-up singing is open to any style. I can harmonize very well, have a good falsetto and can also do vocal arranging.
I can cover about 30% of lead vocals and do back-up on the rest. I believe in taking serious time during rehearsals to work out vocal harmony parts with the piano! I harmonize well and I am consistant hitting my harmony parts.
I am very good at covering horn parts, such as Chicago ("Make Me Smile"-"Beginnings") - Ides of March ("Vehicle") and string parts for groups like ELOI I'm not a great improvisor but can learn "just about" any keyboard part needed for a song. please keep in mind that "Funky" horn fills require a feel that does not transfer very well to those parts being played by a keyboard! Also, I am NOT Rick Wakeman or Keith Emerson and don't pretend to be, ever!
I am more a Classic Rock keyboardist of groups like Asia, Santana, Foreigner, Eagles, etc. I prefer working in a group where keyboards are treated as an integral part of "the bands sound" and not just an afterthought for fills!
Personal Preferences and Lifestyle:
I do not smoke, drink or whatever, and will tolerate those who do only to the extent that it does not affect their performance or the performance of the group. I am in good health and I am willing to travel reasonable distances (50 miles) from my home in the south end of Citrus County, FL to rehearse. Out of town and overnight gigs are not a problem and in those cases, the location of the gig, as far as distance, is not a problem. I have a full size Dodge van to carry my equipment...no trailers for me, as I have had some bad experiences towing a trailer! I am looking for 2-3 nights a week type gigs, preferably in some type of circuit. My set-up time is about 1 hour depending on access to the set-up area of the venue. I am not opposed to playing "one-nighters" but would prefer multiple-night gigs whether in town or on the road.
(text or phone) (352) 476-2652
- Screen name:
- Member since:
- Dec 25 2012
- Active within 24 hours
- Level of commitment:
- Very Committed
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- More than 3 times per week
- Available to gig:
- 2-3 nights a week
60's-70's-80's bands! Beatles as a group and individuals...McCartney, Lennon, Harrison, ok and Ringo too...he has some nice tunes! Billy Joel, ELO, Chicago, Doobie Brothers (why aren't they in the R 'n' Roll Hall of Fame?), CSN, Eagles, James Gang, Spirit/JoJo Gunne, Asia, Styx, Journey, REO Speedwagon, Supertramp, Santana, Huey Lewis, Beach Boys, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special, Night Ranger, Steely Dan, Foreigner, Rascals, Genesis/Phil Collins, Rolling Stones, Bob Seger, 3 Dog Night, The Who, Steve Winwood, get the idea!
I also relate to current groups like Train, Maroon 5, Coldplay, etc...any current bands which use keyboards as an "integral part of their sound"!
I am willing to learn, play and sing just about anything (except hip-hop or rap)! I am a quick learner and have the time (I'm retired) to dedicate to learning the music quickly and accurately!
- Vocalist - Baritone:
- Vocalist - Tenor:
- Background Singer:
Casio Privia PX5s as my main piano/synth
Icon iKeyboard 6 as my MIDI keyboard controller
(2) Alesis QSR modules
Digitech Vocalist Live Pro Module for harmonies
Ferrofish B4000+ dedicated organ module (B3 Clone).
A Dynacord DLS 223 Digital Leslie simulator
Hammond Leslie 002 effects pedal as backup for the Dynacord.
360 Systems 8 X 8 MIDI Patcher to pre-program keyboard setup configurations for each song
Dell Laptop for performance of Arturia V Collection 5 softsynths.
Keyboard Sound System
Main System::(can also be used as a group PA System)
(1) Behringer Xenyx 1002B mixer
(2) Peavey DM 115 Bi-Amped Powered Speakers
(1) Harbinger 18" powered subwoofer for those low piano and
Secondary (smaller) Keyboard System:
B-52 Matrix 1000v2 - 700 watt bi-amped stereo keyboard system w/15" sub (400 watts) & 2 sattellites w/10" & horn in each (150 watts each)
All rackmount equipment is incorporated into my keyboard stand.
Mics: Shure Beta 58
(2) Kustom KPX 112PM Powered PA Vocal Monitors
I have 2 different custom built (by me) keyboard rigs which essentially contain the same keyboard equipment. I have one for practice so I can leave it at the practice site and just add my keyboards.
The other keyboard rig is finished in black and is used only for gigs. This way, I just use my 2 keyboards and organ module in each keyboard rig. Saves time and each rig produces essentially the same sound.
MBT analog stage lighting foot-operated controller; w/3 dimmer packs and 8 Par 64 cans on 2 12' stands w/"T" bars