Bob McDowell plays electric & acoustic 6-string and 12-string guitars, bass guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, piano, fiddle, saxophone, piano, drums and sings lead & harmony vocals
Influences: Jethro Tull, Moby Grape, The Grateful Dead (particularly Jerry Garcia), and Jimi Hendrix
Bob grew up in a house full of music. His family boasts both jazz and classical pianist, a banjo player, singers and dancers (his aunt was Gene Kelly's partner in a stage show). He began playing drums at 13 and at 16 was playing professionally. By his 18th birthday, guitar had become his primary instrument of choice. He has toured the U.S. with dance and show bands as well as with the theatrical productions "Up With People" and "The Bob Garber Review". Bob served 5 tours of duty as Cruise Staff member and performed with dance and show bands aboard ships of several major cruise lines. His versatility, easy going personality, and writing and arranging skills make him a much sought after talent for both live performances and studio work.
Sandra Lacy plays piano, organ, synthesizer, keyboard bass and sings lead & harmony vocals
Influences: The Band, Los Lobos, Bessie Smith, Elvis, Marty Robbins, Jimi Hendrix and just about anybody who recorded at Stax Records or appeared
on the Ed Sullivan Show
At 4, Sandra began tap dance lessons at the Buddy Sherwood School of Dance. By the time she was 5 she was singing and dancing in school recitals and area stage shows with Buddy's troupe. She began piano lessons at 9, learned basic guitar chords from a family friend and played trumpet in high school band. During her sophomore year, she auditioned for and was accepted into The Florida Junior College Chorale which was, at that time, under the directorship of the legendary Don Thompson. She toured the southeast U.S. for three seasons with The Chorale. Sandra has also toured the U.S. with both dance and show bands. Along with Bob, she served 5 tours of duty as Cruise Staff member and performed with dance and show bands aboard several major cruise line ships.
Gil Linares plays drum kit, sings lead &
harmony vocals and keeps Bob & Sandra laughing.
Influences: Naz, Santana, Trio los Panchos, Pablo Cruise and Chicago
Gil is a native of Brownsville, Texas and, like Bob, comes from a musical family. His grandfather played sax with dance and swing bands, and his aunt (piano) and two uncles (drums and upright bass) had one of the most popular jazz trios in northern California during the 50's and 60's. But it was the family's next door neighbor, who played with a local conjunto band, that gave Gil his first drum lessons. When he was just 16 Gil recorded a song entitled "The Autumn Song", it was released as a 45 and received regular airplay for several months on south Texas radio stations. While with the U.S. Navy and stationed at Sigonella, in Catania, Sicily, he spent much of his "off base time" playing with several Italian variety bands. He has toured the U.S. with dance and show bands and worked as a popular session player for both well known and local artists from New York to Florida.