The Ultimate U.S. Pink Floyd Experience

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Bobbie Strowd

bobbie@floydatribute.com

Tel: 772-342-4536

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Dennis Freireich - Bass

Born in New York City, I remember listening to Ricky Nelson, Sam Cooke and others as a kid back in the 50's and a love for music was born. Began playing guitar at age 14 and bass guitar soon after. Played in many bands from NY to San Francisco and finally to Florida where I've been living and

playing for the last forty-two years. Favorite bassists Jaco Pastorius, Rocco Prestia from Tower of Power, Paul McCartney, Stanley Clark, Victor Wooten and Oteil.

Stan Bernstein - Keyboards

A native of Richmond Virginia Stanley began his musical career and made his first hit record at an early age of 17 and performing with various bands playing the organ. During this period he also performed as a drummer with several local bands, along with a considerable amount of studio work. During the mid to late seventies Stanley worked a stint in Las Vegas working with various show bands and  has performed across the Caribbean with show bands at exclusive showrooms such as the El San Juan hotel in Puerto Rico and Bermuda at the Princess hotel in Hamilton.

Stanley Bernstein has served double duty for Norwegian Cruise Lines as music director, band leader and keyboardist for one of Norwegian’s top entertainers. Stanley has performed with various groups throughout his career. He has entertained our troops for the Department Of Defense at a number of bases throughout the world. He has also performed with the Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach North Carolina and also The Charleston Music Hall specializing in keyboard orchestral accompaniment. He has not only subdued audiences at the world famous Apollo Theater in New York but he extended his talents by stretching out a bit by performing Latin country music at the 2009 Premios Estrella Music Awards in Miami Beach. Stanley now resides in Boca Raton Florida and continues performing with various entertainers and bands throughout Florida.

Mervyn Johnston - Saxophone

Moved to New York City, in 1993, from London, England. Played around the city for five years including regular performances at Don Hills Club, The Liquor Store Bar and Ear Inn in the Tribecca district. Studied jazz at the Drum and Bass Collective and took private instruction with renowned saxophonist, Dave Glasser. In 1999 joined the Jazz and World Music program at San Francisco State University. Played lead alto in the California state big band competition. Performed around the bay area with various jazz groups. Studied sax with Jazz legends, John Handy and Branford Marsallis.

Moved to Pittsburgh to finish a degree in saxophone performance at Duquesne University. Performed with The Pittsburgh Opera, The Roger Humphries Big Band, Duquesne University Jazz band under the direction of Dr. John Wilson as well as my own group playing local venues and corporate functions. Performed for the Pittsburgh Jazz Society and at The Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. Studied saxophone with classical master, James Houlik. In 2004 I founded the Bar Harbor Jazz festival in Maine. The festival attracted performances from Kenny Werner, Ronnie Mathews, Harvey Kaiser and Dave Glasser. I played at The Bangor Blues Festival as well as local venues in Bar Harbor for the next 3 years. In my travels abroad I play with a jazz trio in my home town, Luton, England, and have played in Taipei, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro and Guyana. Currently playing and settled in South Florida. I play with my Jazz quartet, Remedy as well as The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach Polo Club, Delray Beach Club and various private and corporate events from Miami to Port St Lucie. I have played in many styles from Jazz, rock, reggae, classical, world and experimental.

Tom Christopher - Music Director, Guitars, Vocals

Tom ‘s move to Manhattan at the age of 15 found him living on the floor of Blue Oyster Cults rehearsal studio in Manhattan. “ I learned all sorts of things”. Tom’s first audition in NY led to a spot touring with Dion and the Belmont’s and session man at the famous Bell Studio in Manhattan playing on contemporary hits. After a tour with the Left Banke  of" Walk Away Renee"  fame" he hit the London music scene as a guitar for hire touring with Jack Bruce of Cream and the top tier of London’s rock scene. It was at this time he met Roger Waters and fell in with the avant-garde conceptual artists of the scene playing art installations with up and coming takers like the Move and The Soft Machine. Known for zen like extended improvisation it was written that if Clapton was God Tom was Guru.   Tom was now thought to be one of America’s top guitarists. Rubbing shoulders with Ram Daas, Jack Nicholson, Swami Muktananda , Mary Quant, French film stars and courted by David Geffen , Tom instead signed with Ray Wilson's ACE  known for artsy acts. Ray paired Tom with Don Maclean of “American Pie” fame and a decade of music flowed. A move to Woodstock followed, joining the band “Orleans” supporting 3 major hits with “Still the One” well known: again living on the road. While touring with Judy Collins and recording with Livingston Taylor Tom recorded a solo album “ Blue Guitar” with friends John Sebastian of Lovin Spoonful, Robbie Dupree,  and John Hall lending their talents.  Blue Guitar was praised for its effortless songwriting and fine guitar receiving 4 stars from Rolling Stone. Tom’s obsessive interest in Indian music and study of the Sitar led to him joining Mohann Bhatt, George Harrison's friend and slide Guru, and the most famous Indian musician to the west. Playing Carnegie Hall (5 times) was great but this was Tom’s proudest moment of an artists life, so far. It is good to note, Tom is a futurist and eschews looking back or talking of the past.

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Natalie Perez - Lead Backup Vocals

Natalie Perez is a Miami-born vocalist who began studying music independently at the age of five. At the age of seven,  she joined the award-winning Miami Children’s Chorus. While her foundation was in Classical Vocal Studies, her love and drive for music were fueled by Soul and Rhythm & Blues. She cites Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Beyonce and Alicia Keys as early influences. 

While originally having  aspirations of becoming a medical doctor, she decided to devote her life to music after a chance encounter at Barry University, where she went on to receive her  Bachelors in Music in 2009. Natalie  performed alongside singer/songwriter artist, Mia Martina, in Toronto’s 16th Annual Summer Rush; sharing the same stage with Pitbull, Massari and Danny Fernandes. In 2013, she sang lead vocals at the Paris Paris Live Club in Casablanca, Morocco. Currently, she co-directs and is a background vocalist  for Floyd: A Tribute Band. Independently, she  performs and manages Band Suo, a Top 40’s cover band. As a songwriter,  she’s released two singles, “Lets Give Love” and “Don’t Bring Me Down”. 
 

April French - Backup Vocals

April "Deja" French is an award winning vocalist & songwriter, singing since the age of three. Music was always on in her home, whether it was her Father's cool Jazz , or her Mother's soulful Gospel, or her older siblings R&B. She started out in the Church Choir and began to train professionally at the age of 12. Since then she has sung lead and backup for several bands including the Corporate band Cairo and has been featured in 3 off Broadway Musicals, all of which earned  her awards. More recently, she has worked as vocalist and manager for  the Motown band The Ladies Of Soul and her Neo Soul, Deja Blue Band . Her career spans two decade starting with her first paid gig for a friends' wedding back in 1988. Since then she's played just about every type of venue from cruise ships to festivals and theaters. With a degree in Communication and Broadcast Journalism she also writes for several online publications . That love of writing awarded her with the charted single , " I don't know ( how to let you go )" on which she sang lead . April, is ecstatic to be included in such a profound project with an amazing group of musicians. 

LaKaya Brock - Backup Vocals

With a fiery strength of words, soulful rasp, warm tone, and desirous appeal to back it up... This Floridian brightens the horizon with her vehement anthems. Not quick to put herself in any particular genre, this soultry diva sings and raps honestly straight from the heart. LaBrock which is a combination of her first name LaKaya and last name Brock has been crooning since her youth. La Brock was raised in the small town of Wabasso, Florida where she would sing in the choir and ensemble at church and school. She represents callousness and compassion. This tool box of talent has sought out on her continuous journey toward super stardom. Today LaKaya Brock performs in various venues and parties around Florida. The songstress is also working on her first solo project entitled "The Gospel". LaKaya Brock dreams of one day being the main attraction at the Grammy's, perform concerts at venues like Madison Square Garden and The Staple Center (to name a few), and conveyed around the world on a world wide scale. In the meantime she will continue to captivate the souls of the strong.

Tommy Strowd - Guitars

Guitarist with an extensive background in classic rock and blues genres. Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, the historic home of traditional blues music. He has performed classic rock, pop, country and blues for nearly 50 years. He moved to south Florida in 1972 and has played local venues for almost four decades. Pink Floyd was a transformational band in the 1960’s and 70’s – their unique approach to musical recording and live performance established a standard for progressive rock music for the following generations of rock musicians. This project is a true challenge to re-create the sounds and emotion established throughout their illustrious careers – it is our tribute to them.

Jeff Scott Leone - Keyboards, Guitars, Vocals

Since the age of 5 when Jeff’s parents gave him his first drum set, Jeff has been performing, writing, recording and producing music. As a multi-Instrumentalist and singer, Jeff has performed in countless live music, theatre and studio projects in the USA, Asia and Europe, including theatre or touring productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Pink Floyd’s the Wall, Oliver and 2 runs in the Who’s Tommy as the Pinball Wizard. As a songwriter, Jeff has published more than 40 songs for a variety of bands and record companies with 2 gold records awarded to the Warner Music artist Edda for “Fire and Rain”. Performing in ‘FLOYD a Tribute’ is a great fit for Jeff on vocals, piano, synthesizer, acoustic and electric guitar. Jeff’s an avid Pink Floyd fan and says; “Recreating this music for people who love it as much as we do is very rewarding.” Jeff currently writes, records and performs original music under the pseudonym “the Human Zoo” www.reverbnation.com/theHumanZoo

Roy Fantel - Drums

Roy's career as a drummer/percussionist began in New York and spans more than 25 years, including recording, touring, and live TV and radio broadcasts. He is a sought-after performer for original recording projects and has been featured with bands from New York to Florida, playing everything from rock to jazz, blues, soul, swing, indie and country. Career highlights include working on Broadway with Joan Rivers; developing the drum score and playing for the Off-Broadway show Theda Bara & the Frontier Rabbi; backing performers and groups as diverse as the Tokens, the Coasters, John Davidson, Tiny Tim, Leslie Uggams, Lee Roy Reams, Mike Burstyn, Lorenzo Lamas, Avery Sommers, John Lamb, and Johnny Contardo; rehearsing with Aretha Franklin’s band at the Saratoga Jazz Festival and performing as a percussionist with the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra. Roy regularly displays his versatility in a wide variety of musical styles, performing at theatres, concert halls and events such as South Florida’s annual Carbonell Awards ceremonies, the Classic Jazz Ensemble Concert Series at Lynn University and others. He also maintains a busy private teaching and recording studio.