Since the age of 5, playing the guitar has been Tom's passion. He started playing gigs in high school and never stopped. His well-rounded knowledge and skills are due to his variety of influences: Joe Pass, Alan Holdsworth, and Al Di Meola (jazz) and Steve Lukather, Ritchie Blackmore, and Larry Carlton (rock), not to exclude additional greats like Les Paul and Chet Atkins. Anyone he can "borrow from" to become a better player.
Tom's best experiences are anytime he gets to play, especially when the band has one of those performances where everybody is "locked in." It's when the magic happens..."it doesn't get much better than that."
Tom's style is rock, jazz fusion, and funk, but he respects the challenge of nearly any musical genre done well.
Seeing The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show gave Steve his first "musical goose bumps." Early in life he was also moved when listening to his dad sing solos in church on Sunday mornings. Steve first became a drummer, because of Ringo, but by 19 he had learned that playing keyboards was his true calling. Other musicians that have influenced him along the way include: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Bruce Hornsby, Keith Emerson, Chuck Leavell, Gino Vannelli, Steely Dan, Kansas, and John McLaughlin.
One of Steve's most memorable experiences was performing at the downtown Rib Off, in front of a massive crowd. Singing the last song, "I Will Not Go Quietly" by Don Henley, the band hit the last stab and got the loudest reaction he ever heard from a crowd, "what a rush!" Seeing John McLaughlin and Chick Corea in Ann Arbor a few years ago was one of the greatest concerts he ever attended.
Although Steve likes almost any musical genre, jazz, alternative, and eclectic sounds like Bon Iver and Sigur Ros really move him these days. Bruce Hornsby is his favorite keyboard player. In a fantasy he would love to gig with Steely Dan or Bruce Hornsby.
Continuing to make great music with BOFFO and writing/recording original music is Dr. Mizer's prescription to musical happiness.
Kevin's musical calling must have started in the womb since both his parents were musicians. During his pre-teen years, he took piano and Eric Clapton inspired guitar lessons, later playing in a garage band. His introduction to the bass guitar was brought about by his brother, who one day brought one home and informed Kevin he was going to play it for the stage band at Bowling Green High School, whether he liked it or not. Kevin says that it turned out to be "the best thing he ever did for me!"
In addition to Eric Clapton, other musicians that have heavily influenced Kevin are: James Taylor, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Loggins & Messina, Boz Scaggs, Doug Clark and His Hot Nuts, Red Peters, Slim & Slam, including various jazz players such as Paul Chambers, Ron Carter and Jaco Pastorious. The Count Basie Orchestra would be at the top of Kevin's favorite band list to play his upright bass.
Some of Kevin's most memorable performances have been playing with: the Toledo Jazz Orchestra, Kurt Elling; drummers, Jeff Hamilton and Peter Erskine; the Four Freshmen; and "true musical collaboration" moments...when it all comes together. Another memorable moment would be to perform with James Taylor.
Having performed all over the United States and Canada, Kevin has already played some amazing venues and looks forward to performing...wherever that may be.
Dave's first taste of playing an instrument was at the piano at the age of nine. Having difficulty with the left-hand chording, he switched to the trumpet, which was not exactly his favorite. His family then relocated from Texas to Ohio where he was introduced to completely new music, Motown and the radio station CKLW. At 15, Dave started out on a rented snare drum and by 18, he was out playing drums professionally and never looked back.
Early influences for Dave were Motown, Three Dog Night, the Association, evolving to English rock, progressive rock, funk, and jazz. Some of Dave's most memorable experiences have been opening for headlining bands like Donnie Iris, the Tubes, Paul Revere, America, Montrose, 38 Special, Spyro Gyra, and the list goes on.
Not a big fan of rap or electronica, Dave respects a great musician with conviction and soul regardless of musical genre. Other than his current band mates, he's been fortunate to have played with hundreds of musicians and hopes there will be hundreds more and would like to perform "everywhere I haven't played yet."