Meet Your Late Night Live Production Team

ROB RUTZ

Late Night Live Project Coordinator 

& Master Of Ceremonies

Bill Goldman
Bill Goldman

"The Grid" Designer/Coordinator

Devora Goldman
Devora Goldman

"The Grid" Website Technical Advisor

Joel Simches
Joel Simches

Late Night Live Stage Manager

Ken Slater
Ken Slater

Late Night Live Scheduling Coordinator

Bob Harris
Bob Harris

Late Night Live Keyboard Advisor & Tech Support

Samy-George Salib
Samy-George Salib

Grid Team New Player Liaison

DEVORA GOLDMAN

The GRID

Technical Coordinator

BOB HARRIS

Late Night Live

Keyboard Tech/Advisor

KEN SLATER

Late Night Live Scheduling

& Continuity Coordinator

JOEL SIMCHES

Late Night Live

General Stage Manager

BILL GOLDMAN

The GRID

Designer & Coordinator

SAMY-GEORGE SALIB

Grid Team

New Player Liaison

The Players

Carolyn Jean Corella
Carolyn Jean Corella

Late Night Live Stage Coordinator

Suzanne Reardon-Mulhall
Suzanne Reardon-Mulhall

Late Night Live Stage Coordinator

Ed Mulhall
Ed Mulhall

Late Night Live Bass Tech

Scott Summers
Scott Summers

Late Night Live Guitar Tech

Dennis Mahon
Dennis Mahon

Late Night Live Vocal Tech & Stage Support

WIliam Day
WIliam Day

Late Night Live Keyboard Tech/Advisor

George Hoffmann
George Hoffmann

Late Night Live Drum Tech

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CAROLYN JEAN CORELLA

Late Night Live

Stage Support/Liaison

SUZANNE MULHALL

Late Night Live

Stage Support/Liaison

ED MULHALL

Late Night Live

Bass Tech Support

SCOTT SUMMERS

Late Night Live

Guitar Tech Support

DENNIS MAHON

Late Light Live

Vocal/Stage Tech Support

WILLIAM DAY

Late Night Live

Keyboard Tech/Advisor

GEORGE HOFFMANN

Late Night Live

Drum Tech Support

 LEAD VOCALS:

DEVORA GOLDMAN - BROOKSVILLE,FL

Lead Vocals (also backing vocals, acoustic guitar, mellotron) - - 5th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Carole King, John Denver, Evanescence, Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Depeche Mode

My earliest musical memories were listening to Carole King and John Denver on my parents huge stereo, Big Bands coming through Grandmas radio, and music in Temple. I probably sung before I spoke. I was always singing. My parents indulged me by taking me to my favorite restaurants where I could listen to live music. I sang in choir in Temple, then High School and college choirs. I became a music teacher so I could...that's right...keep singing! I sang to my babies and now I sing to my goats! If something comes up in conversation that can be sung to, I'll sing it! I guess I could say "I sing, therefore I am!"

JEANIE FLOWERS - OXNARD,CA

Lead Vocals (also backing vocals, acoustic guitar) - - 1st CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Seal, CSN&Y, Ambrosia, Jackson Browne, Yes, Kansas, Joe Jackson, James Taylor, Pat Metheny, Pink Floyd, Spock's Beard, Steely Dan

Once upon a time I had a life. Then I had kids. You know the story. The good news is, my kids turned out to be pretty freakin' awesome, and (surprise!), kids grow up!

So now I find myself in a position to rediscover my Once-Upon-A-Time musical life. To summarize the last (mumble mumble) years, my parents were musicians, but I think I turned out all right anyway. Picked up the guitar at 12, immediately started writing songs. Picked up (well, not LITERALLY) the piano around 16... kept writing and singing, joined a folk-rock band, married the guitar player, we joined a progressive rock band, barely escaped with our lives, started a country covers band (hey, it put me through college!), studied music and started doing our originals in a country rock band... Kids happened. I became a church worship leader, but I got better (don't get me started!)... time passed... kept the kids, didn't keep the guitar player/husband. Learned to laugh again :D

My daughter Rachel is producing my first album, and my son Vaughan is helping me with the cover art. Put those kids to work, I say! And I do the mom thing, helping them to maximize their awesomeness... which is usually pretty easy!

And now I get to play music with you!  It just keeps getting better.

MIRANDA HOFFMANN - SPARTA,NJ

Lead Vocals/Backing Vocals - - 2nd CTTE - Favorite Artists - - Phil Collins, Beatles, Meatloaf, Rush, Genesis, Renaissance, Yes

I am currently a Junior at Montclair State University studying Early Childhood Education, with Musical Theater Minor. I have been singing as long as I can remember. I have performed as both a lead character and ensemble member in High School musicals such as Oliver, Oklahoma & The Wedding Singer.

VERONIKA HORVEN JENSEN - SPYDEBERG,NORWAY

Lead Vocalist - - 2nd CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Marillion, Genesis (Hackett era), King Crimson, Frank Zappa, Depeche Mode, Porcupine Tree, Riverside, Mr Bungles

Music and live shows especially is one of my favorite things in the world!
The emotional and creative connection only music can generate means the world to me, whether I'm on stage or in the audience. I live for the brief moments of eye-contact and shared admiration or hilarity that may occur :D

After dreaming about this for years, this year's incredible line-up finally tipped me over the edge ;)

PATRICK IGOE - PHILADELPHIA,PA

Lead Vocals (also keyboards, guitar) - - 3rd CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Yes, Marillion, Genesis, King Crimson, ELP, Styx, Neal Morse Band, Spock's Beard, Steven Wilson

Lead singer for Philadelphia-area tribute bands Afterimage (Rush), since 2006, and Know Return (Kansas), since 2013. Occasional keyboards and guitar.   Discovered Yes, Genesis, and Asia as a young teen as their early 80s hits were released, then worked my way backward into 70s prog.  Patent attorney by trade. Dad to an eight-year-old boy.

DENNIS MAHON - PASADENA,CA

Lead Vocals (also bass, drums, guitar, keyboard) - - 5th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: John Wetton, UK, Asia, KIng Crimson, Elton John, Roxy Music, Be Bop Deluxe, No Small Children, Dangerous Stranger, Yes, ELP, etc.

I am building a fighting force of extraordinary magnitude. You have my gratitude. I'll need a dozen towels so the boys can take a shower. Less than if, is more than but, why times equals sometimes not. I am a lesbian trapped in a man's body.

SCOTT MEDINA - BOULDER,CO

Lead & Backing Vocals (also acoustic guitar) - - 4th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Spock's, Neal Morse Band, Porcupine Tree/Wilson projects, Yes, Anathema, most symphonic prog bands, world music, new age, and more!

I'm a huge prog rock advocate/fan/zealot. The last two CTTE's and one PNAS cruises I've been on have been some of the highest times of my life. I love music of all styles as well, especially world music, folk and new age/instrumental, but the past 5 years I've mostly been listening to modern prog bands. My main musical outlet is leading evenings of ecstatic chant, also known as Kirtan. This is a spiritual practice that is lovely to offer with groups of people, so I am used to leading crowds of a dozen or a hundred or more. My wife and I also lead workshops and events with chanting as a prime focus. I also am a kids' music performer and pretty much have an acoustic guitar in my hands on a daily basis, though 99% of what I play is much simpler than the prog repertoire. I have released several CD's of my original chanting music, a CD of instrumental finger style guitar and a DVD of my kids music. I also have worked with the homeless community in my hometown of Boulder, Colorado for the past 15 years. 

Please connect with me on Facebook if we're not already "friends" there. I also share a website with my wife for more info on our chanting and events schedule: www.ScottandShanti.com.  I can't wait to continue the prog music adventure on CTTE and beyond! See you there!...

ED MULHALL - LAKELAND,FL

Lead & Backing Vocals (also bass/rhythm guitar) - - 5th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Yes, Genesis, The Beatles, King Crimson, UK, ELP, Todd Rundgren, Paul McCartney, Gentle Giant, Echolyn, Lifesigns, Dave Kerzner Band, Kansas, Jethro Tull, Caravan, The Moody Blues

I'm a musician who is getting back into the world of bands and performance after two decades of children/jobs/responsibilities. I've never had a lesson in my life, yet I'm one of those people who can pick up an instrument and 'figure out' how to play songs I've only heard once or twice. I grew up in a home with two older sisters, one into Broadway Shows, The Brooklyn Bridge and Streisand, the other into the Beatles/Monkees/Paul Revere & the Raiders as well as the current music of the time. As a child I was told I was naturally musically gifted, yet my parents refused to get me lessons or allow me to take any music related courses in school. Instead of being allowed to following my bliss, I entered the working world and have toiled there for many years. Now that I'm older, the music has called me back and thanks to Late Night Live and the wonderful players within, I've rekindled that side of my being. I'm primarily a bass player or rhythm guitarist, yet I've been primarily singing lead vocals in Late Night Live. Big "Thank You’s" to Larry Morand, Rob Rutz and the OTB Crew for making it possible, but BIG love to Bill Goldman, Devora Goldman, Ken Slater, Joel Simches, Carolyn Corella, Bob Harris, Suzanne Mulhall and the rest of the Late Night Live FAMILY for encouraging me out of my shell and back on a stage where I belong. Thanks guys!

SOLNY PALSDOTTIR - ICELAND

Lead & Backing Vocals - - 4th CTTE - Favorite Artists: None Stated

I have always loved to sing and perform with people who share the same passion for music as I.  When I was in college I was a singer in band who mostly played at balls, but we also liked writing songs. I have sung a few songs on albums, including ones that my mother has written. It's amazing to have the chance to sing prog music with all these wonderful people that come together on this trip..

LOY PESCIO - BUENOS AIRES,ARGENTINA

Lead & Backing Vocals - - 4th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Marillion, Neal Morse Band, Flying Colors, Anathema, Haken, Dream Theater, Steve Hackett

Like many other singers, I took my first steps at the school choir, I started guitar lessons when I think about the music that built me, the first memories that come to mind are my Dad and Brother at home, listening to all these great bands, such as Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Vangelis, Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, UK and Tangerine Dream just to name a few. However, not everything unfolded so smoothly in my life. At the age of 17 I became a Mom, so the main focus became work and study to support my family and secure my future. Still, I was far away from abandoning my musical aspirations. So I continued singing in the choir, traveling to choir meetings, and this became the background music of this new chapter of my life. Years went by and in 2005 my music journey took me to a Dream Theater concert where I met Gustavo Ceaglio, who would become my partner in life and guitar player. And it was not long after that, when we decided to jump into, what I call, the “Marillion experience”.


We were part of a PROGFEST in our city, during 4 consecutive years.  I had honor of singing with Clive Nolan. Meanwhile in 2014, thanks to the generous and kind Steve Rothery, we got the opportunity to play together, right after a week Marillion’s gig in Argentina.  In 2015 the members from Fugazi, tribute band from Santiago, Chile invited me to sing too. Counting the days 2 meet U

SUZANNE REARDON-MULHALL - LAKELAND,FL

Lead & Backing Vocals - - 5th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Marillion, Lifesigns, Echolyn, October Project

I grew up in a house where my older siblings had control of the stereo, so I was influenced by their love of Yes, Pink Floyd, CSNY, and many others. I started singing in elementary school, and that continued, with piano and voice lessons in middle and high school. My enjoyment of music lead to becoming a DJ, first at a low-wattage station on Long Island, then in college, and then professionally in Western Maryland.  My dad wanted me to major in music in college, but as a mediocre piano player, I didn't see much happening for a singer with a music degree except for teaching, and I didn't want to do that (surprise, I went back to school and work in an education role!) Nowadays, you'll find me singing the harmony lines along with whatever is playing on the car stereo. That could be 80's new wave, jazz, or more likely, Marillion, Rush, Genesis, Echolyn, or October Project.

ROB RUTZ - MECHANICSBURG,PA

Lead & Backing Vocals (also drums) - - 5th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Genesis, Kevin Gilbert, Peter Gabriel, Spock's Beard, Toto, Ambrosia, Enchant, Chicago, Saga

Rob serves CTTE's Late Night LIVE Prog Experience as project coordinator and master of ceremonies, working closely with fellow all-volunteer Late Night Production team colleagues and the senior management of Cruise To The Edge's producer On The Blue (OTB). CTTE's Late Night LIVE program is possibly the largest volunteer project in Rob's adult life, which says a lot about the scope of Late Night LIVE. As background, Rob is the artist relations coordinator for global webcast radio station House of Prog (www.houseofprog.com). He also volunteers on ProgStock Music Festival's management team, a New Jersey-based festival. Rob is drummer-vocalist in a classic rock cover band Argyle Bananas, which he founded with his son TJ and local musician friends.  A lifelong music scene fanatic and broadcast buff, Rob began his official work in the music industry as a 13-year-old founder of WMSS-FM, a terrestrial radio station. Launched by junior high school students, WMSS is still in operation today in Middletown, Pennsylvania. Including Cruise To The Edge, Rob and his family have been on more than 24 cruises "of all kinds" including every Moody Blues Cruise since its founding. Rob is thrilled and honored to be a part of CTTE's Late Night LIVE family and encourages everyone to be involved, especially as an active patron in the audience cheering on those who work so hard and offer such talent to the cause.

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LEAD & RHYTHM GUITAR:

RICK ARMSTRONG - CINCINNATI,OH

Guitar (also bass guitar, piano) - - 5th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Marillion, many other prog bands....

I've been all into progressive rock since the early 70s. My favorite band is Marillion, and I am currently the side guitarist for Edison's Children.

ZEE BAIG - CHICAGO,IL

Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar - - 1st CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Dream Theater, Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree

I've been all into progressive rock since the early 70s. My favorite band is Marillion, and I am currently the side guitarist for Edison's Children. Zee Baig is a Pakistani American self-taught musician from Chicago. 

Zee founded a music project called Fire Garden in Chicago in 2011. The music fuses progressive rock with a wide range of styles such as rock, industrial, jazz, and metal. Their main philosophy is to portray emotions with sound and lyrics without compromising the soul of music.

Fire Garden with 2 full-length records Far and Near (2016) featuring Jordan Rudess, Jimmy Keegan and Sound of Majestic Colors (2014) along with one EP The Prelude (2012) continues to breaching all the rules on exploration to define its own sound.

GREG BENNETT - KELOWNA,BC,CANADA

Guitars (also drums & vocals) - - 6th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Yes, Genesis, ELP, Frank Zappa, Dixie Dregs

 As long as I can remember, my life has been surrounded by music. My 1st major influence was the Beatles. When I turned 8, I was determined to be a drummer. However, we lived in an apartment, so I couldn't get drums. My mother suggested I take up guitar. Holding my 1st guitar seemed so natural & before you knew it I was playing Beatles songs & singing away. During my school years, nothing could take me away from my musical studies & after graduating I informed my mother that university was not in the cards for me. Growing up in Toronto supplied a generous number of excellent musicians & during the 70s & 80s live music was everywhere.  At 18 I joined my first rock band & now at 60, & after 40 years of travelling & playing, I find myself doing what I always did. I play generally 3 hours daily & continue writing my own compositions. I have started my 2nd round of original music in hopes of it being completed this year, & on my 2nd solo CD.  My stage name is Jack The Riffer.  At 21 I was fortunate enough to see an unknown act in Toronto. GENTLE GIANT. That night changed my direction of writing forever.  Being a prog player made it a challenge to play live, & I was fortunate to be in several prog bands over the years.  Over The Garden Wall was an excellent GENESIS tribute act that I was in during the mid 80s-90s. I also played in a YES tribute band YES SHOWS where I was able to play both Steve Howe & Trevor Rabin era YES material.  Besides cover bands I played for original acts.  The original bands were, TEMPEST, EVEREST, MYTH & AIRKRAFT where I played great original material with some very talented musicians doing prog music. I also toured with several recording acts. Heavy metal singer, composer Lee Aaron was one of them. She taught me to pose like a heavy rocker! What a blast that was. Now what it comes down to is being able to play & record what I want, regardless of what anyone thinks about it. I have so many notes going through my mind I simply must express them.  

GUSTAVO CEAGLIO - BUENOS AIRES,ARGENTINA

Guitar - - 4th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Marillion, Neal Morse Band, Flying Colors, Haken, Dream Theater, Steve Hackett

To me, it was all about the guitar from the very beginning.  I started pretty early, 5 years old. I didn’t even know how to read well, however one thing I knew for certain; I wanted to play guitar. And so the universe sent the first acoustic guitar!
 

2005 was a year of changes. I met Loy Pescio, and our shared passion for the same kind of music caused us to connect almost immediately. A decision was made. The name of our new born tribute band would be Sugar Mice.  But, something magical happened….. We found a lot of people that shared our passion, and that placed us on several incredible shows, made us a part of the La Plata Prog Fest during 4 years in a row;  One of my personal highlights was when Loy and I got to share the stage with Steve Rothery in 2014. It was one of those moments I will always treasure.  And I, personally, couldn’t feel more privileged to do so! 

 

I can’t wait to play some great music for all of you on this unique cruise.  See you there!

ANDRES JASSO - MONTERREY,MEXICO

Lead Guitar - - 2nd CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Rush, Pink Floyd, Marillion, Genesis

I have been playing guitar since 1982 and I love progressive rock and play 80´s songs.  I have been playing in different bands as a hobby.  Actually I am playing original music in "Electro Compulsive Therapy" We hope to release our first album this year.

HELGI JONSSON - STOCKHOLM-SWEDEN

Guitar (also bass, vocals) - - 2nd CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Opeth, Steven Wilson, Genesis, Haken, Pain of Salvation

Icelandic musician Helgi Jónsson hails from Reykjavík, Iceland and currently lives in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2013 he formed the progressive metal band Ring of Gyges, which went on to release the album Beyond the Night Sky in 2017, having released an EP and a 10-minute single before. In 2016 Helgi came second place with his solo project in Músiktilraunir, the Icelandic equivalent to the Battle of the Bands, and got a recognition as the Guitarist of the Year. He likes to mention that fact on the internet.

FRANK JUNG - GRIESHEIM,GERMANY

Guitar/Vocals - - 2nd CTTE - - Favorite Artists: SAGA, UK, Kansas, Spocks Beard, G.Giant, St.Hackett, Genesis, Yes, Haken, Rush, Dixie Dregs, Steve/Neal Morse, E.Gillette, Enchant

I started my guitar playing w/ Beatles songs when I was 16. Then, heavily influenced by Genesis, Gentle Giant, Styx, Saga and Jethro Tull I also picked up Flute playing, but abandoned that due to lack of practice times during my studies at the age of 23 approx.. Initially and also through the past 3 years I focused on own prog songs and recently on covering (modifying) songs written/performed by the great masters of prog.
My main instrument is rock e-guitar, but I also love my acoustic 914ce bringing real dreamtones to me. Most importsntly, I play everything that brings fun to me. Started keyboard playing approx. 16 years ago and love my Muse Receptor delivering to me all the prog synth / mellotron and organ sounds I grew up with. Looking forward to jamming with people from all over the world at my 2nd Cruise ... these days I'm playing in an amatuer/semi-prof. Rock/Pop Cover Band CoolRoxx (www.coolroxx.de) and run my own music project under the name Farewell Days,r currently dedicated to raise funds for the german DMK assocoiation, collecting money for cancer kids who should learn by sporting activities, how to overcome inner evils. C U all later! 

BRYAN MURALLES-GUATEMALA CITY,GUATEMALA

GUITAR (also bass, keyboards) - - 2nd CTTE - - Favorite Artist: Dream Theater, LTE, Genesis (Steve Hackett era) King Crimson, Marillion, Stick Men, Flying Colors, Queen, Rush

I’m 24 years old and have been a musician for 11 years. This will be a great experience!

MARK SPRITZLER - HUNTINGTON BEACH,CA

Guitar - - 4th CTTE - - Favorite Artist: Rush

Computer geek for 40+ years. Love Rush and playing Rush. Yes I have played other songs by other bands but I enjoy playing Rush songs more than anything else. They are just more fun for me to play.

The best part of CTTE and The Grid are the people.

SCOTT SUMMERS - CLEVELAND,OH

Guitar (also bass/upright, keyboards) - - 4th CTTE - - Favortite Artists: Rush, Yes, Dream Theater, Steely Dan, Allen Holdsworth, Scott Henderson, Al DiMeola

I started on bass in high school in 1978. Switched to guitar in college and studied music while performing in local bands and giving lessons in music stores. Finished college and moved to LA CA to attend Musicians Institute where I graduated with honors. Got hired by Roland US in 1990 as a product specialist/clinician. They offered me a sales rep position in 1997 and I moved to Ohio. I am a professional toy salesman :)
 

I currently perform with several different music projects. I play the role of Alex Lifeson in 2112 "The Spirit Of Rush". That band has a spin off cover band that opens for the Rush tribute show where we switch instrument and I play keyboards (left hand bass) and sing. I also play the roles of Peter Green, Lindsey Buckingham, and Howard Leese in a Fleetwood Mac/Heart double tribute show band. Finally my favorite music group is a jazz band in which I play upright bass.

GUDJON SVEINSSON - ICELAND

Guitar (also vocals, bass) - - 4th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Haken, Rush, Gazpacho, Dream Theater, Tool, Pink Floyd, Agent Fresco, Coheed and Cambria, Steven Wilson, The Dear Hunter

Love to play. Let's play.

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BASS GUITAR:

CAROLYN JEAN CORELLA - PEABODY,MA

Bass Guitar (also flute, Sax, Oboe, Drums, Ukulele) - - 6th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Rush, Yes, Genesis, Cheap Trick, B52s, RuPaul, The Beatles, Gilbert & Sullivan and anything Sondheim

I have loved music all my life. Some of my earliest memories are associated with music (thank you Ed Sullivan Show). My first instrument was a Telestar ukulele that my mother got for me with Green Stamps when I was around 7 years old and home sick with some horrible flu. Ukulele led to guitar and then in middle school I took up flute (second choice, because everyone wanted to play drums!). I then became the quintessential band geek. In high school, I would poke around the band storage rooms and ask to borrow an instrument and teach myself how to play it. That is how I picked up bass, oboe and sax. Along with living in the band room, I began playing in rock bands; Pop, Punk and Prog! I then went to college to major in music education. Due to the loss of my parents, I didn't get to finish college. In 1986 I moved to Boston for music scene. That is where I met my partner in crime, Joel Simches. We've been playing together in various bands and musical projects for the past 25 years (Curious Ritual, One of Us, The Boston Rock Opera, Joe Turner & The Seven Levels, Butterscott). I'm also in Bikini Whale (as Sara Lee), New England's premier B-52s experience!

LINDSEY FITE - DALLAS,TX

Bass Guitar (also Chapman Stick) - - 2nd CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Yes, King Crimson, VDGG, Gong, Budgie, Genesis, ELP, The Who

Progressive rock has always been a part of my life. Growing up I listened to Yes, and I tried my hand at several instruments until I took the plunge and picked up bass guitar some time in 2016. Instead of high school I had music education, and now I'm preparing to go to college for a music production degree. 

I'm glad to have finally found this part of the prog scene, and I'm excited to work with you all in 2019.

KARSTEN GEHRKE - HAMBURG,GERMANY

Bass Guitar (also backing vocals) - - 3rd CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Genesis / Pink Floyd / Pain Of Salvation / Steven Wilson / Porcupine Tree / Big Big Train / IQ .....

I like music, not to say I´m addicted to music.  Since many, many and a lot of years I try to play an active role in music. 
Here in Hamburg there is a quite active music scene and I played in different bands. Not really prog (it's not easy to find an audience for that), more rock, hard rock and pop. Today I'm having lots of fun with a band named HongkongFive (it's a strange name I know, but we have our rehearsal room in 5, Honkongstreet in Hamburg). We play a sort of Rock-Pop with a little Funk.  It's not professional, but fun. If you like, you can listen to it on Soundcloud.  My motto: It's never too late for a happy childhood. 

BILL GOLDMAN - BROOKSVILLE,FL

Bass Guitar (also keyboards, guitar) - - 5th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: King Crimson, Genesis, Gentle Giant, UK, Steven Wilson, Depeche Mode, Oingo Boingo, Beatles, Creedence.

Grew up on Long Island. Began piano lessons at 4.  Sixth grade band teacher got pissed off at me for emptying my trombone's spit valve a few times on the kid sitting in front of me (well it was funny at the time). He took my trombone, stuck a bass guitar in my hands & said welcome to jazz band.  Got my own bass at 13, a '71 pink sunburst Ric, and took off learning how to play. Saw King Crimson for the 1st time on 4/28/1973. Still remember the date.  John Wetton/Bill Bruford, most powerful rhythm section I ever heard. Changed my life. I HAD to play like that. In '74, I followed Crimson all over the the east coast, became friends with 2 roadies, & for the final 3 shows I "assisted" them (don't touch anything kid).  At the last show in Central Park, I watched from the wings. Nobody knew it then, but that night's encore "Starless" was the last song they ever played live with that lineup. In college I was in a few bands, including a rising NY punk band. We played the CBGB, & Max's Kansas City from '77 to '79, and met just about everyone in the NYC underground scene. Through those connections, I freelanced as a session musician through 80's and did mostly TV commercials & jingles.  Wrote some original songs, formed a band to play them (Dear France), and in the late 80's we were signed to Passion Records. Soon afterwards, the company CEO was arrested & imprisoned for serial child molestation. Company folded, contract voided. I took a break from music.  Fast forward... got married, had kids, moved to Florida, played in local bands, got divorced, started 2 successful companies,  And then in 2003, I met Devora.... love of my life!!!  Five terrific kids between us.  We got married in 2010, bought a ranch in the sticks with cows, horses, goats, chickens. Then in 2014, I happened upon an advertisement for something called "Cruise To The Edge".... and I think you know the rest!!   Here we go again.....Welcome to The Grid :-)

SVEINN ARI GUDJONSSON - ICELAND

Bass Guitar - - 4th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Sting, Peter Gabriel, Rush, Yes, King Crimson and many more

I have been a music lover since I was a kid. Started of with The Police then Deep Purple and all linked bands to them, then Rush, Yes, Peter Gabriel and later on all good prog music.
Since listening to Sting, Geddy Lee, Chris Squire and of course the Master, Tony Levin it was decided to have the bass as my instrument.
Love playing prog with a group of fun people, lets rock.

JOHN HADDAD - HOUSTON,TX

Bass Guitar (also guitar, vocals) - - 6th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Yes, Rush, Black Sabbath, King Crimson, JethroTull, Tool

Early music memories: Ed Sullivan Show, Archie's, Beatles, Soul Train, American Bandstand.  First album purchase: Kool and the Gang - Wild and Peaceful.  First stadium concert: Alice Cooper, Welcome to My Nightmare, Madison Square Garden.  First instrument played : Piano lessons at Mrs. Duffy's apartment in Stuyvesant Town. She would give you little busts of Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, Liszt, etc. when you completed a nice piece. First bass guitar: Red Fender Mustang with racing stripes purchased new from Manny's on 48th street in 1974 or 75.  First Rickenbacker bass: 1978 white 4001 purchased from Alex Music on 48th, wanted to be like Chris, still have it. Number of basses owned: Don't ask, it's a disease and a HIPAA violation to disclose. Favorite bassists: Chris, Geddy, Geezer, Stanley, Jaco, TLev, JPJ.   Musical styles: I've performed everything from punk to jazz to church music, but I keep coming back to Prog and Metal. Band I was in that almost made it: Human Furniture, out of Durham NC, one of the seminal punk/new wave outfits that led the burgeoning music scene in the Triangle area in the early 80's.  Current projects:1.Tooloji - A Tribute to Tool2. Mark Zeus and Thunderboltz (country/western/roots/Americana)

 

I missed the piano bar action on the first cruise because I was destroying people at the poker table in the casino after the shows. Before the second cruise, I learned about the planned electric jam on Facebook and I was all over it. I encouraged friends like Rob Schmoll and Vaughan Merlyn to come aboard. Great group of musicians and great time playing tunes I have always wanted to play or haven't played in decades, in front of a great crowd of appreciative proglodytes and the occasional Prog royalty.

JOEL SIMCHES - PEABODY,MA

Bass Guitar (also drums, keyboards, vocals) - - 6th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Yes, ELP, Genesis, Beatles, Peter Gabriel, Eno, Roxy Music, Asia

Music has always been an important part of my life from a very early age. My uncle used to be a dance band drummer and let me sit on his kit and play when I was about 5 and that was it. Hooked. I've been playing in bands since age 14. I have travelled the world as a musician and as a live sound engineer for various bands over the last 35+ years. My current bands are Total Mass Retain (Yes tribute with CTTE Alum Joey Cass), Count Zero, Butterscott, Gramlins and What About Naomi. You may also remember me from my performance at the very first ProgStock Festival as a member of Circuline. I also work as a studio engineer, producing loads of bands from Boston for the past 25+ years. Cruise To The Edge started for me and my wife, Carolyn, as a wedding/honeymoon gift from my mother and has now become a family tradition, not only for my own family, but for the family of musicians and music fans I have met because of these cruises. You have all become my dearest friends. It's an honour and a privilege to get up on stage with music fans from all over the world, playing the kind of music that has inspired me (and all of us) from such a young age. I look forward to each of these cruises the way we all used to look forward to Christmas. Such joy is unparalleled.

KEN SLATER - WALSALL,UK

Bass Guitar - - 6th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: So many! ELP

My life changed one night in the early 70’s when my cousin Keith (Goaty) Billingham came home from Walsall’s only rock bar, The Dirty Duck, a little drunk and very hungry for some reason. He asked me if I wanted to hear some music. He played me tracks from ELP – Tarkus, Led Zeppelin II, Frank Zappa – Hot Rats, Captain Beefheart – Trout Mask Replica and Ten Years After – Cricklewood Green. My life changed right there!! By morning, I had willed my hair to grow to my shoulders and I have been obsessed with rock music and particularly prog ever since. In 1972, I got my first bass on hire purchase. An Antoria Gibson EBO copy. In August 1974, I played my first show at Pelsall Cricket & Sports Club in my home town (still) of Walsall, West Midlands, UK (in ‘The Black Country’, as in Communion). I have since played maybe 750 shows in various bands, both covers and originals including playing UK theatres in a Pink Floyd tribute. I had a four year break from bands in the early eighties during which I was a rock DJ. I was the Midlands area DJ supplying the regional HM/Rock chart to national music magazine SOUNDS. The New Wave of British Heavy Metal came out of this. So, if you are an Iron Maiden, Def Leppard or Saxon fan, I am in part responsible for that . As far as the Late Night Live! Prog Experience goes, I am Grid Advisor and Bass Tech/Advisor. I have been an organiser and player on all three previous CTTE late night jam events and have attended all five previous cruises. Can’t wait to meet you all or even play on stage with you in 2019. Prog on. Ken

FRANCISCO SUAREZ - MONTERREY,MEXICO

Bass Guitar - - 1st CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Rush, Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis, PFM...

I have been playing bass for more than 30 years now...I play only as a hobby...Our present project: a RUSH tribute...We performed live here in Monterrey the Moving Pictures album where I enjoyed tremendously...I´m very excited to see you all in the ctte 2019.

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KEYBOARDS:

THOMAS BURLEFINGER - MUNICH,GERMANY

Keyboards (also sax, guitar, vocals) - - 4th CTTE - Favorite Artists: Kansas, Pink Floyd, Gentle Giant, Jethro Tull, Spock's Beard, Rammstein, System Of A Down

Hi proggies, I started playing the piano pretty late at the age of 10, but I had already experience as a DJ since the age of 3 ;-). I commenced with guitar at around 15 and finally saxophone three years ago. So, how old am I ?! ;-) 
Singing has always been something I threatened my bandmates with (and sometimes the audience ;-).

I run a small but fine recording/mixing/mastering-studio crammed with vintage keys, mic-amps, plug-ins, playboy mag...in the heart of Munich. I also play in cover and original bands and do some live sound engineering.  My first prog experience was "Shine On You Crazy Diamond". After the third guitar solo I was like "when will at least somebody start to sing?!". Next one was Kansas' Album "Point Of Know Return". At first I could not digest the sheer amount and complexity of notes, but after listening five times I fell in love with it and the whole genre.

So I'm looking forward to CTTE 2018, playing with some of you guys, making friends and listening to a lot of superb music.  And maybe have a beer or two :-)

ROBERT CICCONE - BRONX,NY

Keyboards (also bass guitar, backing vocals) - - 4th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: The Beatles, Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, ELP, Steven Wilson, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Elton John

I started piano lessons in 1975 and also learned bass guitar, 6-string guitar, drums, and eventually became a good enough singer to do it onstage (so far no one's covered their ears). Been in bands such as George Jefferson Airplane, Scraper, Extra Sausage, Our Daily Haze, Persons of Interest ... Got my BA in Music in 2016 after many misguided college attempts over 32 years - studying composition with noted composer John Corrigliano, and having to perform an original piano piece for him is an achievement I'm very proud of. Becoming part of the CTTE Family is certainly another.

WILLIAM DAY - VENICE,FL

Keyboards (also lead & backing vocals) - -3rd CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Yes, ELP, Asia, Devo

I started playing keyboards with my father's band when I was fourteen. My influences growing up were wide from Yes and Asia all the way to Devo. I studied piano for 6 years at The American Conservatory Of Music in Chicago. Having changed from classical to composition I finally ended up with a degree in jazz piano. I am currently the keyboardist for Maiden Cane as well as the manager of Troll Music and music director at FCC. This is my 3rd CTTE but my 2nd time participating with the late nighters. I know it’s going to be a great experience!

RACHEL FLOWERS - OXNARD,CA

Keyboards (also Flute, Guitar, Bass, Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals) - -1st CTTE - - DeBussy, Rachmaninoff, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, ELP, King Crimson, Spock's Beard, Porcupine Tree, Joe Jackson, Esperanza

My first love is the piano. I don't remember the first time I played it, because I was so young. Later I learned to play the flute, the guitar, and the bass. I play other instruments too, but those are the ones I play the most. I was 9 when I first heard ELP's music. It was the Endless Enigma and Trilogy. I recorded it using a small cassette recorder, and then later on my mom bought me their "Best Of" compilation CD with Trilogy on it. What's fun about playing ELP's music is the combination of classical and jazz. I also love exploring other styles of music. 

This is my first time on Cruise to the Edge and I'm very excited to play with so many other people who love this music too!  I hope you will come and see my solo performances during the cruise, where I will be playing my original music!

JACE GREY - BOULDER CREEK,CA

Keyboards (also bass guitar, backing vocals) - - 4th CTTE - - Favorite Aritsts: Yes, ELP, Rush, Genesis

All I wanted was fifteen minutes, a piano, and an audience. Found it more the first year than the second year (although getting to play Gates *FOR* Patrick Moraz was a serious feather!); would like to find it again this year. Would like to find more people to sing with. Am interested in a Yes epic (or two) or song (or more), but can play somewhat out of my wheelhouse if the tune catches my interest hard enough. If you don't ask, the question is no, so if you need a keyman or backing vocalist for something, please ask. I consider invitations to be an honour.

Evel Knievel, you got nothin' on me. Here I go...

BOB HARRIS - VENICE,FL

Keyboards - - 5th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Yes, Rush, Lifesigns, Genesis, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Camel, Moon Safari, Spock's Beard, ELP, Steven Wilson, Bernard Herrman, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Elvis, Elton John

While starting piano lessons at age 7, over the subsequent 9 years he became a source of ongoing frustration to his instructor and mentor as he "lacked the necessary commitment and discipline to reach his full potential". Never the less, he continued to hack away at scales, arpeggios and Hanon exercises while gaining a love for classical music, Sci-Fi and suspense film scores, and the eclectic music of Bartók and Ligeti.

He had a profound and emotional breakthrough at the age of 15 after experiencing his first encounter with progressive rock music - Relayer by YES. This led him to a new level of connection with the piano, electronic keyboards, and synthesizers. He became a more serious student, got a Wurtlizer Electric Plano and joined a band - in part, admittedly, to have the girls notice him. He was performing in bars and nightclubs shortly thereafter in various Rock, Pop, Country, Punk and new wave bands.

A career as a Physicist, Engineer, Technologist and Business Executive has afforded him the opportunity to reconnect with his passion for progressive rock music. Bob considers it an honor and a privilege to perform with great musicians in the Late Night Experience family playing the songs he's always wanted to play in front of a wildly appreciative audience.

TOBY KRAWITZ - PHILADELPHIA,PA

Keyboards - - 6th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Genesis, Marillion Yes, Pink Floyd

I started playing Christmas songs on a small Casio organ when I was 6. My parents bought me an upright piano at which time I played Partridge Family songs as well as pop music from FM radio. I took lessons from ages 7-13 learning classical music and theory but rock music was my preference. I was told that I have a natural ear for music as well as perfect pitch. I also liked to play my aunt's double tiered Wurlitzer organ when I visited her even though I could never reach the volume or bass pedals.

At age 17, I played in my first Genesis band in 1978. That band played one gig and then disbanded. I've learned to play lots of rock and prog music in my life and have been fortunate enough to meet and perform for and with some of my prog heroes and mentors since my first CTTE in 2013 where I played Genesis music in my pajamas until 4 am.  I own a Nord Stage 2, Kronos 61 key workstation, Roland VR09, Roland JV80 and XP50 and I play in two local rock bands.

Meet me after our late night performance for our early morning prog singalong. CTTE has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life meeting musicians and making lifetime friendships. Let's prog on!

TERRY MICHAELS - MILWAUKEE,WI

Keyboards (also guitar, vocals) - - 5th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Genesis, IQ, Kansas, Rensissance, Yes

I started my musical journey at age 7 with accordion lessons. A few years later The Beatles hit the scene and I switched to drums. By age 16 I was an accomplished drummer and was playing in several bands but I had become increasingly focused on ELP, Deep Purple and other progressive rock acts and decided to concentrate on piano and other keyboards, I felt that is where my future in music and songwriting was. I took 4 years of private piano instruction, plus harmony & theory and started working with various prog groups as a keyboard player. 35 years later I'm still at it, but now I'm also a founding member of Lyndenthal, writing and recording progressive rock music...

ALAN PEARSON - BILLINGSHURST,ENGLAND

Keyboards (also acooustic guitar, backing vocals) -- 2nd CTTE -- Genesis, ELP, Yes, Supertramp, Roxy Music, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Strawbs

I began playing at the age of 3 on our old upright piano at home.
I never did have a proper lesson and play totally by ear.
I also got into playing acoustic guitar and bought a 12 string I still have today.
I was hugely influenced by all the 70's prog bands, especially hearing Foxtrot for the first time and in particular Watcher of the Skies. I tried to play it on any keyboard I could, annoying the hell out of the local music shop which had a Mellotron.
Playing guitar in a duo was a distraction for some time and I noodled around with multritracking songs via MIDI - it wasn't until 2002 at a Genesis convention I decided to stop messing around and play in a Genesis tribute band. After a couple of auditions which proved I wasn't very good, I formed Los Endos Ultimate Genesis with my old mate Nigel and in 2006 we played our first gig. The drummer John sat in the fireplace at a pub, with a stuffed toy over his head we reckoned was a Squonk.
We now play to packed audiences in theatres around the UK which I am completely honoured by.
Surely no-one else has a pastime which pays for itself and provides such personal pleasure.
CTTE blew me away in 2014 and my wife and I finally make the trip back in 2019 - should be great!!

MARK SPAVIN - WILTSHIRE,ENGLAND

Keyboards - - 6th CTTE -- Favorite Artists: Tangerine Dream, Yes, Genesis etc.

Started playing late in life, only been playing in bands for 10 years but enjoying it. I have been playing in a Classic Rock band From Dusk 'til Dawn for the last 8 years. Played on my first Late Night Live on CTTE 2017, almost didn't make the cruise last year, booked just one week from sailing but managed to play on a couple of last minute songs at the Ranch. 

Thanks to some great project support from players from AHEPJ and the Grid, last year I completed a Degree in Music Production. Being a software/hardware engineer by trade my degree had an emphasis on Generative Music. 

Looking forward to CTT£ and Late Night Live 2019.............

BEN STEIN - COLUMBIA,MD

Keyboards - - 3rd CTTE -- Favorite Artists: Eddie Jobson, Genesis, Patrick Moraz, Yes, ELP

My earliest memories of progressive music consist of hearing my older brothers play The Yes Album and Tarkus in 4th and 5th grade. By high school and college, I became a full-fledged proghead with the help of friends and roommates who introduced me to many new bands and albums. I come from a family of audiophiles, as opposed to musicians, so playing an instrument came relatively late to me in life, with a piano course in freshman year of college. Years of practice and determination have brought me to the point in which I can perform and compose prog. I have played keyboards with bands in local venues including the Rams Head Live in Baltimore. I have conceived, co-organized and contributed to worldwide fan tribute albums for Eddie Jobson (toarecords.org). It's absolutely exhilarating to share the stage at Late Night Live and Prog on the Ranch with many of the best musicians with whom I've ever played. By day, I'm a science writer and editor (having backgrounds in physics and journalism); other things I enjoy doing include long-distance running and spending time with my 15-year-old son.

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DRUMS & PERCUSSION:

GREG BISHOP - ST LOUIS,MO

Drums - - 1st CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Yes, Bill Bruford, King Crimson, Genesis, Tony Banks, John Wetton, Mickey Curry, Kenny Aaronoff, Beatles, E Street Band, Taylor Hawkins, Steve Howe, Nuno Bettancort, too many more to name!

First pro band was at 17 and I've never stopped for more than a year since then! My pro career has been playing "hits" so I have simplified my technique over the years for "dancers". But I never lost my love for progressive on my own time! Like so many millions of others, my life changed with The Beatles on Ed Sullivan!

  I am currently in two bands, "Silver Bullet StL-A Tribute to Bob Seger"…and a little nightclub band called "Fireball".

DAVE BORGIA - SYRACUSE,NY

Drums (also rhythm guitar & backing vocals) - - 2nd CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Rush, Dream Theater, Marillion, Genesis, Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson

Greetings !! I’ve been playing drums for 45 years, and rhythm guitar for 30 years. Looking forward to my 2nd CTTE, & my first time playing Late Night Live ! These days, ..I’m more of a laid back, home recording hobbyist. Just me, some close friends, & my Tascam DP-24 Console. Yeah, ..it’s a bit “ ole school “, but it gets the job done. LOL!

MARK DEGREGORY - W.TRENTON,NJ

Drums - - 6th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: ELP, Rush, Yes, Asia, King Crimson, U.K., Steven Wilson, Porcupine Tree

One of the most rewarding moments of my life was playing several of my favorite ELP songs (and more) with many talented and wonderful people in the inaugural Late Night Jam in 2014. The reward has continued through two more cruises and up to the present day, and this very special family has grown considerably. I can't wait for our next reunion, as we welcome newcomers and share in their experience of a lifetime.

I'm excited that by the next cruise, my original progressive rock band Orpheus 9 will have released our 1st album (Release Date: 09/09/17).
www.orpheusnine.com

JOHN GIAMBALVO - CHICO,CA

Drums (also lead & backing vocals) - - 4th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Rush, Porcupine Tree, Kansas, Jethro Tull. Yes, ELP, etc

Hi my name is John and I'm addicted to the Cruise To The Edge. Thought about taking this next one off to save the money and couldn't do it. Started drumming at age 8 when my little toes could hit the pedals on my brother's kit. He had me learn The Beatles for the first month of so, and then straight into Led Zeppelin.. After Bonham died in 1980, my brother handed me 2112 and said, "this guy changes everything". This was very quickly followed by a total immersion in Prog. Yes, Kansas, ELP, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull and of course all things Rush flowed through my headphones. Currently honored to be playing in a Yes tribute called Shine Delirious out of San Francisco with both current and former CTTE players.

JUAN PABLO GONZALEZ - BOGOTA,COLOMBIA

Drums (also backing vocals) - - 4th CTTE - - Steven Wilson (all of his bands), Marillion, Opeth, Genesis, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Vessels, Metric, Laura Veirs, OSI, etc.

I feel like I should just keep listing bands and artists that have influenced me but then I'd run out of words. Anyways, I've been hitting drums and cymbals since I was eleven, always swimming against a ghastly current of popular music and the virulent threat of reggaetón. I am 23 years old, from Bogotá, Colombia. When I'm not listening to or playing music with my band Soap Revelations (check us out on the link), I am writing short stories (or the novel I've been putting off for a while now), playing or writing about football or designing stuff. I've trained my ears to like things written in 4/4 not at all progressive, such as classical, folk, indie, cumbia, jazz, traditional Colombian music from the Caribbean, death metal, electronic music of all kinds and things like Bass Communion.

GEORGE HOFFMANN - SPARTA,NJ

Drums - - 3rd CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Carl Palmer, Buddy Rich, Bill Bruford, Phil Collins, ELP, Yes, Genesis, Renaissance, Rush, Gentle Giant, The Beatles, Mahavishnu Orchestra

Last year I turned 60 and decided to treat my wife & I to a CTTE vacation, only after signing up did I discover this wonderful group of musicians and the opportunity to play some of my favorite music again. Back in the late 70's I was in a Progressive Rock Cover Band, with my High School friends, called "Parallax". We played Yes, ELP, Genesis & Pink Floyd around North Jersey, mostly at High Schools and a few clubs. Then life happened between work & family commitments I put drumming to the side for about 35 years. I would occasionally put the kit together and play, but never could find the time to commit to the required practice to feel comfortable playing with other musicians. Then when I saw the Late Night Prog opportunity, I made the commitment to playing one more time before I regretted it the rest of my life. I must admit there were many times I almost backed out, but I pushed myself to go for it, and enjoy the experience. I practiced my songs everyday for 3 Months and although no where near my playing of my 20's, I was excited to get back on stage again. When the moment came, I was terrified of getting up there without any rehearsal, but I got through it, not my best performances by a long shot, but it was exhilarating to play this music again.  Thanks to everyone on the Grid for the opportunity to play again!

ADRIAN HOLMES - ORKNEY,SCOTLAND

Drums - - 2nd CTTE - - Favorite Artists: The Beatles, Kate Bush, Miles Davis, Genesis, John Grant, Pat Metheny Group, Pink Floyd, Rush, Yes, Frank Zappa

I’ve been drumming since I was eleven but in recent years working in the touring music industry (as Merchandise Manager for King Crimson, Steven Wilson & Fish and Tour Manager for Steve Hackett & The Imagined Village) hasn’t left me much time for playing. I have two (very) occasional bands; Skyline Drifters and The Weardaliens.

In 2002 I was the first person ever to partake in Marillion’s Swap The Band event, joining the band for Between You & Me at their inaugural convention.

NICK MATZUKIS - S.AFRICA

Drums (also backing vocals, and Tims other sheep) - - 4th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Spock's Beard, Neal Morse, Genesis, Rush, Frost*, Karmakanic, Yes, UK, Transatlantic

Aged 8, I started bashing on my Mom’s cake-tins with wooden hangers. Hoping this was a phase, she sent me to violin lessons for years. It didn't work - I continued bashing and never practised violin (I still can't play a note.) Eventually she gave up. At 13, I made my first drum kit out of barrels, wire, two mouse-traps and a golf-club shaft. Using headphones, I tried to copy my favourite drummers, and then one or two old drums and a pedal were incorporated. I taught myself to play, and also to defend summonses from the neighbours. 

I then left for Law School in South Africa and hung up my sticks. After grad, I bought a kit, joined a covers band, and was hired by a successful local pop band. That's the nearest I got to "stardom" - some local hits and SA tours. Meanwhile, my legal interests persisted. Having been ripped off, I began researching Music Law. I’ve since forged a career as a music lawyer, author and educator. I teach and consult to musicians, started Africa's first Music Production College, Academy of Sound Engineering, and sit on SA royalty societies CAPASSO and POSA. I’ve played for several rock bands. But my true love has always been Prog, so I seek out our very few Prog-heads and try to play Prog gigs in a market where demand is non-existent. I love my Mom, family, Prog and drumkit. But not my violin, cos it hates me. More cowbell please.

GREG ROMANO - ARDMORE,PA

Drums (also backing vocals) - - 3rd CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Genesis, Yes, Rush

I have been playing the drums since I was 14, I am 45 now. I have always liked progressive rock the most because of the constant changes and overall challenges of the music. Genesis was the first rock band I got into shortly followed by Yes and Rush -- I was also a big fan of jazz/fusion since I was younger. Now my tastes also extend into lounge, chill and chillwave as well as other styles of electronic music.

DAVID ROTH - DRYDEN,NY

Drums - - 4th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Spock's Beard, The Good Rats, Jethro Tull, Procol Harum, ELP, Rush, Steve Wilson, Wishbone Ash

I love high-energy rock, and am heavily influenced by the hard-rock bands from the ‘70’s (Who, Led Zep, Hendrix, Wishbone Ash). Favorite and influential drummers are Peart, Portnoy, Paice, Palmer, Bonham, Moon, Mitchell, Franco (Good Rats), Bevan (The Move) and BJ Wilson. I love the early popular prog but things really got interesting for me when I discovered early Genesis! I can’t say that I have had the chance to play much prog rock in cover bands.  The Ithaca, NY area has a diverse music scene, where I have been in several bands from Rock covers, to hard-rock originals, to Jam-rock. I am now rehearsing with a new (as-yet unnamed) Punk rock band. I occasionally noodle-around on guitar (in private).  I am really looking forward to seeing everyone again, on CTTE 2019; and playing on a few tunes!

SAMY-GEORGE SALIB - TORONTO,ON,CANADA

Drums (also lead vocals when not drumming, rhythm guitar) - - 3rd CTTE - Favorite Artists: Steven Wilson, Porcupine Tree, Tool, Haken, Dream Theater, Between the Buried and Me, Animals as Leaders, Opeth, Rush and System of a Down (they're a Guilty Pleasure)

Prog enthusiast. While I enjoy my share of the "old-school" stuff - particularly enjoying the newer generation of artists that have emerged in the past 20 years or so.  Had the privilege of travelling the world performing music.  Now settled down, happily married father of two that enjoys getting to be a rock star one week a year, as well as being a smartass.

Ten of my favorite drummers: 1) Gavin Harrison, 2) Marco Minniman, 3) Blake Richardson, 4) Ray Hearne, 5) Matt Gartska, 6) Mike Mangini, 7) Mike Portnoy, 8) Martin Axenrot, 9) Martin Lopez, 10) Benny Grebb

TODD THOMPSON - FITCHBERG,WI

Drums & Percussion - - 4th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Yes, King Crimson, Genesis, Transatlantic, Tower Of Power, Chicago, Mahavisnhu Orchestra, Weather Report

I'm from the Madison, Wisconsin geographic area...and love music of all types from all over the world. As a percussionist instruments and rhythms from all cultures are fascinating--so please come talk rhythm if any of you see me!!! I currently play here in Wisconsin in a large horn band (The Red Hot Horn Dawgs), an original band styled after Mumford and Sons crossed with Dave Matthews (Evan Riley Band), and an Americana band (The Dawg Bones) that is covering classic American music from the early 1900s to today. I've played in the Wisconsin Marching Band and in various pit orchestras and shows here locally for decades. I performed on three other CTTE experiences and sincerely look forward to doing so again; catching up with old friends and meeting new ones!

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