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Matt Riddle: Keyboards

Photo: John Stone

Musical Education: Studied Classical piano with Nellie Whittaker, including three recitals at Steinway Hall. Teaching lineage: Whittaker > Maier > Schnabel > Leschetizky > Liszt > Czerny > Beethoven.

Musical Influences: Yes, Genesis, Chopin, Liszt, Debussey, ELP, Chick Corea, Ahmad Jamal, Patrick Moraz, Jean Luc-Ponty, anything that bears the resounding mark of quality.

Favorite Songwriters: Jon Anderson, Lennon/McCartney, Kerry Livgren

Favorite Single: Fly Like An Eagle -Steve Miller- I just love that Hammond work!

Influential LP: Resonance (Patrick Moraz)

Instruments: custom chopped Hammond B-3, custom chopped Leslie, Minimoog, Studio Electronics SE-1, Polymoog, Roland JV-80 Synth, Ensoniq ASR 10, Fatar Studio 610 Keyboard Controller, assorted effects.

Also featured on keyboards for Genesis tribute, Seconds Out.

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Melissa:
Lead vocals, Various eclectic mood enhancing percussion devices, Acoustic guitar

Photo: John Stone

Musical Influences: Beatles, Yes, (classic) Genesis, Rush, Handel's Messiah, Adrian Belew, Zeppelin (man)

Favorite Songwriter: Jon Anderson, Lennon/McCartney, Neil Peart, Paul Simon (who can pick just one?)

Favorite Single: Much too difficult to answer--my brain reels from the myriad of possibilities

Most Influential LP: Cannot compute--

Instruments: The vocal cords God gave me, Ovation acoustic guitar, tambourine and other percussion

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John Kastelic: Guitars

Photo: John Stone

Musical Education: Bachelors of Music Education, with a classical guitar performance degree.

Musical Influences: The Beatles, The Who, Tod Rungren, Simon and Garfunkel, Genesis, Rush, John Williams, Neil Young, Supertramp, Rudy Goldsmith (composed the film "Rudy"), James Horner, and most importantly YES!

Favorite Songwriters: Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Jon Anderson...

Most Influential LP: It's tied between the Beatles Blue album, and The Yes Album. Soundtracks to Jurrassic Park, and Rudy are tied for second.

Instruments: Gibson ES-175, Gibson SG, Washburn "Woodstock" acoustic, Yamaha 135 classical, Fender Telecaster, Custom Electric Sitar. Effects: Roland GP8 effects processor, ART SGX Express 2000 processor, Midiverb II, Akai patchbay, DBX compressor limiter, Crybaby Wah. Amp: Fender Twin Reverb.

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Alex Macdonald: Bass

Photo: John Stone

Musical Education: Formal guitar and bass lessons ages ago, but mostly just two ears and long nights holed-up in a basement with mono Beatles albums

Musical Influences: (bass heroes) Paul McCartney, James Jamerson, Jack Bruce, John Entwhistle, Chris Squire, Chuck Rainey.

Favorite Songwriters: Lennon/McCartney (big surprise!), Pete Townsend, Paul Simon, Donald Fagen.

Favorite Single:" You Can't Do That", The Beatles

Most Influential LPs:An endless, ever-changing list, but today-"Revolver" (Beatles), "Live at Leeds" (Who), "Fragile" (Yes), "The Nightfly" (Donald Fagen).

Guitars: Rickenbacker 4001 V-63, Carvin BB-75 5-string, Danelectro 58 Longhorn. Rack: Ampeg SVT amp, Yamaha FX-500 processor, Kawai 4-channel mixer, Sabine tuner, Rack Rider power conditioner, Hush Super-C noise suppressor. Speakers: Peavey 1820 cabinet w/ 2 x 10" and 1 x 18", Carvin 210 cabinet w/ 2 x 10" Pedalboard: Fatar bass pedals, Korg analog synth module, Rolls Midi pedals, Envelope Filter pedal, Tremolo pedal, Octave pedal, Distortion pedal, "Crybaby" bass wah-wah-pedal, Volume pedal.

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Marty Zlocki: Percussion

Photo: John Stone

We're still getting Martys' bio together. Marty is our wildchild who refuses to give out info. (witness protection ?) We know he has a dog named Foxy and that's it..... In the meantime here's his current equipment list.

Instruments: Drum Workshop drumkit, Sabian cymbals, Tympani, Timbales, Cowbells, Tambourine, windchimes, Ensoniq sampler

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