Our Band first formed in 2002 with Aaron singing lead vocals, Mark on the drums, Kris playing bass and Steven on the keys (adding Ryan on guitar in 2003.) Ever since then, we’ve been playing our hearts out at local clubs and for various events and weddings. Without further ado...here we are:
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AARON WHIPPLE - lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, harmonica
Aaron's rich musical roots reach way back to second grade, where he learned to play the flutophone. From there, he graduated to playing flute (much cooler, not made of plastic.) But even the coolness of a shiny stainless steel flute couldn't withstand the peer pressure of becoming a strapping teenage boy growing up in America, needing to be macho and meet girls...so, the flute got retired to its case, where it tragically sits to this day.
That really does describe the extent of Aaron's "formal" musical training. The rest of his experience comes from just "gigging." Aaron has been onstage since the age of 8, and has never stopped performing. From literally dozens of musical theater performances (both professional and amateur,) to television commercials, corporate training videos, to countless gigs with his previous bands "Legit" and "Mugshot," Aaron has relentlessly persued his career as a performing artist, even branching out into the songwriting realm (a CD of original material is anticipated in the near future.)
Aaron is proud to be a part of the musical alliance that is "Alliance" and knows you're going to love what you see and hear.
KRIS LUCANDER - bass, backing vocals
Kris is a Music Education graduate of The University of Lowell and has been teaching instrumental music, chorus and general music in Massachusetts since 1995. Not only has he played and led a variety of small jazz ensembles, Kris has also performed in a number of big bands, rock bands, tribute bands, folk music and is an active member of the Thayer Symphony Orchestra. Kris has released his first solo recording project titled "Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time" featuring musicians performing a broad range of musical styles including Pop, Rock, Folk, Jazz, Bebop, Country and several original compositions.
Ryan has been a performing guitarist for over 20 years. A Berklee College of Music graduate, he has played in numerous bands on the East Coast and has been featured on bills with acts including Bruce Hornsby, Bob Dylan and the Black Crowes. Ryan has also been hired for productions including "Tommy" and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." In addition, Ryan is an active guitar and bass instructor based in Watertown, MA. He is fluent in a variety of styles including Rock, Funk, Blues and Jazz. His influences include Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, John Scofield and Pat Martino. A hearty "congratulations!" on your recent marriage! Click on Ryan's name, above, for his own, official website!
Mark originally hails from Gardner, MA. Upon entering high school, he was an active drummer in the school band, Rock bands and Jazz groups, taking private lessons with a former protege of Jazz - drummer Alan Dawson, and Fred Buda of the Boston Pops. Moving to Boston after high school, Mark attended Berklee College of Music, graduating with awards and a Major in Professional Music, receiving his diploma from Billy Joel.
Mark has performed and recorded with various groups including original Jazz combos of various sizes, Big Bands, Rock, Funk and R&B bands, Avante Garde Jazz ensembles, Broadway Show pit bands and others. He has worked as a music director, leader, manager and drummer for the "Standard Mode Quartet," "The Deep River Jazz Trio," "The Intensities," "Jerry Devine and the Metro-Tones," and now "Alliance."
Steven has been a resident of the Boston area since October of 1995, moving from New Orleans where he studied Classical piano and took part in several Jazz courses and ensembles at Southeastern Louisiana University, even venturing to the prestigious University of North Texas for a semester of intense Jazz studies. He accompanied various singers and instrumentalists throughout college, while also joining the group "Touch," performing at venues such as the Superdome, the Natchez Riverboat, opening for Pete Fountain a couple times, several Mardi Gras events/balls, and countless corporate functions and weddings across greater New Orleans.
Steven started basic piano lessons at the age of 7 for the next 17 years, mastering Mozart and Beethoven Sonatas, works by Chopin, Bach, Scarlatti, Liszt, and Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." Also playing by ear during these years, some of his other influences from whom he'd duplicate renditions of on the piano (to name but a few) have been the Beatles, Billy Joel, Elton John, Sting, and movie themes by John Williams. Steven's music variety includes Standard and Big Band Jazz, R&B, Pop/Rock, Ragtime, Broadway and Film songs/themes, New Orleans Dixieland and Funk.
Based in Framingham, MA, Steven continues to play in several Boston hotels, restaurants and clubs as solo pianist, while also functioning as a free-lance musician (with other groups, duos and trios, singer-songwriters), session-keyboardist/pianist, co-songwriter/ composer/arranger, piano teacher, and a proud member of the group "Alliance" Click on Steven's name, above, for his own, official website!
Currently a very sought after and highly recommended drum and percussion teacher, Mark maintains a busy private teaching business in the central Massachusetts area where he has two teaching studios, and is affiliated with many school music programs working as a free-lance percussionist and teacher/clinician. Click on Mark's name, above, for his own, official website!