An accomplished vocalist who needs no introduction.
Bob comes from a long line of family of musicians; he first picked up a guitar in 1977; while he was in seventh grade and immediately developed a passion for the instrument. Not a day goes by without strumming, 35 years later!
He is very fond of Aria Pro II guitars, and was heavily influenced by Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, Bad Company, Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, and Peter Frampton. Equipment he prefers are Marshall Amplification, Aria Pro II, Gibson, Ovation, Taylor and Fender, and loves to match the respective guitar to the original artist(s).
Rocco graduated with honors from Percussion Institute in L.A.. He has played locally with countless acts and is featured on many recordings.
He considers being told to
"shut the f#$% up" by Pete Seeger one of his greatest accomplishments. He thinks he can sing.
Brian is the interim Assistant Music Director at St. Helen of the Blessed Shroud Orphanage in Calumet City, under terms of his work-release program.
He studied keyboard at Fisher Price Conservatory, under the tutelage of Linus Van Pelt. He crafted his unique "howl meets yodel" vocal style as a resident of the Harlem Valley Institute in Dover Plains. He perfected a non-tonal guitar style during an unplanned 10-15 year program in Ossining, NY.
Upon his graduation, he appeared on Sixth and 53rd from 11am-2pm Tuesday in a limited run. This engagement was unfortunately ended by the "broken windows" community policing enforced by the Bloomberg administration.
He used his recent Shelter Island sabbatical to teach percussion performance to fellow residents, and composed his "Variations for Ladle and Stock Pot," a seven-hour tour de force widely ignored by critics.
In the words of his parole officer, "Brian is meeting most of the conditions of his release. When he keeps up with his meds, the most challenging parts of his personality are attenuated sufficiently. With close monitoring, Brian can remain at the halfway house."
Mark has extensive experience as a musician. For 35+ years, he has performed with a wide variety of groups including rock bands, Caribbean steel bands, Big Bands, jazz trios/quartets, funk bands... Here’s the catch -- it was all as a drummer!
Fast forward to : a serious car accident and subsequent surgery on his leg kept Mark off the drum kit for a while. He had always wanted to learn to play bass and with the forced hiatus from drums, the time was right to act on his long time desire. As such, he bought a bass, dove into online bass communities, and learned a lot about the instrument in a short amount of time. With renewed musical enthusiasm, he ramped the practicing up to 1½ to 4+ hours a day, and then found a band in need of a bassist just six months in the adventure. This rehearsal and gig experience set the foundation for his bass spot with Ruby And The Wolves.
Mark’s fond of telling folks that his tag line at TalkBass.com sums it all up:
"...friends I share drumming gigs with would often joke that we should take up bass since real bassists are so hard to find; I got tired of joking.”
Credentials include degrees from the University of Miami (Bachelor of Music Education) and the University of Tennessee (Master of Music in Jazz Studies), as well as 22 years experience as a band director in public schools.
After winning a national singing contest in Guyana, South America, former draughtsman Sydney Chester a.k.a. "Majik" went professional, performing in lounges around the world. From touring bands, cruise ships, and opening acts for artists such as Shaggy and The Drifters (to name a few) this crooner nurtured his ability to thrive in any setting small or large.
Leaving the hotel entertainment circuits in Barbados where he dazzled tourists from around the world, this singer/songwriter migrated to Connecticut, USA bringing to bear a skill set perfect for entertainment houses thereabout.