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Our lead vocalist for the group, Lonnie Carpenter, gets credit for the original vision to create The Moondance Orchestra and he collaborated with top area musicians to achieve his vision. Since he began performing in the 6th grade, his fascination with music and love of singing has taken him down many roads. His first musical endeavor was in the bluegrass field which took him to Louisville Kentucky and had him travelling the Southeast and Midwest extensively.
Even though his first love was bluegrass, his ear was always tuned toward the popular music of the day. He eventually left bluegrass to perform with Classic Rock, Carolina Beach and Motown bands. It was during these years when he entered a number of talent shows, winning many of them including becoming the representative of North and South Carolina in the TruValue Country Showcase as well as a daily winner on the Nashville Network show “You Can Be A Star”. He has achieved a degree of recording success having a number of songs on the Beach charts during the 80’s and 90’s which are still played on the beach radio shows today.
Lonnie’s current music activities include being the lead singer for a popular 8 piece Classic Rock Band, lead singer and songwriter for a Classic Rock/Motown/R & B band and also performing as a solo act. A versatile performer, Lonnie’s solo performances find him either playing guitar and performing songs of the 60’s and 70’s or donning his tuxedo and crooning the hits of Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin, Johnny Mathis and others of that era. The Moondance Orchestra allows Lonnie the opportunity to perform most of the genres of music he loves thanks to the influence of Michael Buble’, to whom the MDO performs a tribute show.
Our female vocalist, Elizabeth Cooke, attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied opera, chorus, and music theory. When her studies concluded, she returned to Wilkesboro. She has maintained an active role of the music community throughout Wilkes County for almost a decade.
Elizabeth is currently a member of the Chancel Choir and Ensemble, and an occasional soloist, at First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro. She also performs regularly as the Lead Vocalist with the Silvio Martinat Jazz Orchestra.
Daniel Cooke began playing the trumpet at the age of 10. Taking cues from trumpet greats such as Maynard Ferguson, Lew Soloff and Lee Loughnane, he developed into a jazz and pop trumpeter specializing in stratospheric upper register playing.
In addition to the Moondance Orchestra, Daniel can be heard playing lead trumpet with the Silvio MartinatJazz Orchestra and leading the orchestra at First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro.
Pat Jaap started playing saxophone when he was 10 years old and after graduating from high school he studied saxophone in College. Through the years Pat has played with numerous groups and ensembles and is comfortable playing in any genre including classic rock, beach, jazz and top forty to symphony orchestras, musical theater productions and big band/swing.
Pat’s musical influences are many and wide ranging including Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Cannonball Aderly, Jay Bekenstein, Richard Elliot, Gerald Albright and many others.
In addition to playing with the Moondance Orchestra Pat also plays lead alto sax with the Rowan Big Band All Stars. Pat holds a degree in industrial management and is a Loss Control/Safety Consultant.
Originally from New York, Bob Foreman attended SUNY Potsdam and
received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Master’s Degree in Brass Instruments from Ithaca College. He spent 32 years teaching instrumental Music in the state of New York.
As a professional free-lance bass trombonist, Bob performed in numerous groups including The Finger Lakes Trombone Ensemble, Bones East Trombone Ensemble, The New York State Fair Big Band, The Cayugan’s Big Band, The Salt Lake City Big Band, The Central New York Music Educator’s Wind Ensemble, the Ithaca College Jazz Workshop and The Destination Blues Band. Bob also performed with the Auburn Civic Orchestra, Ithaca College Orchestra, and the Utica Symphony Orchestra. He had the opportunity to back up such famous artists as Natalie Cole, Bernadette Peters, Pat and Debbie Boone, Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons and a number of Motown groups, including the Temptations, the Four Tops, The Marvelette’s and Little Anthony and the Imperials.
After moving to Salisbury, N.C. in 2001, Bob started performing with the Charlotte Jazz Ensemble and has also performed with the Fayetteville Symphony, the Greensboro Philharmonic and the Greensboro Concert Band. In addition to the Moondance Orchestra, Bob has also been a member of the Salisbury Brass Quintet, formerly the Catawba Brass.
Richard Woods is a woodwind soloist, specializing in tenor sax, alto sax, soprano sax and flute. Richard inherited his musical gifts from his family. His mother on guitar and vocals along with his uncle on 5-string banjo were well known bluegrass musicians of the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s.
Over the years, Richard has performed with many different musical groups and accompanied solo musical artists and vocalists at their live performances and recording sessions. Thus he has developed an eclectic mix of musical tastes, from big-band to swing to classic rock n’ roll, from beach music to down and dirty blues and from smooth jazz to acoustic pop.
Richard is an original member of the beach music band “Gallery”, formed in 1973 and the “Night Shift Jazz Quartet”, formed in 1997, both still performing regularly today. I addition to performing with the Moondance Orchestra, Richard is also currently performing with “Fourth Creek”, a James Taylor tribute band and with “Main Channel”, a Lake Norman area acoustic pop band
Guitarist for The Moondance Orchestra, Tim Brown has a Bachelor of Music degree from Appalachian State University. He has played in folk groups, rock bands, top forty bands, beach bands and various jazz bands and ensembles since the 60’s. He also performs solo, singing and accompanying himself on guitar.
His most exciting musical experience was performing solo in the “Georgia Dome” as part of a pre-event concert. He has accompanied two past Miss America winners, and performed in a backup band for Anita Bryant.
Joel Everett is an Emmy award-winning composer, arranger and keyboardist who most recently scored a documentary for WSTV 13 (aired on UNC-TV), and who is currently co-writing a musical.
Originally from Chicago, Joel holds a Bachelor of Music Composition from Columbia College of Chicago and plays piano, organ, keyboards, and percussion. He has performed in a variety of ensembles from classical symphony orchestras to a lighter fare of musicals and contemporary jazz. He also plays with the Southern Piedmont Singers, which is a Community Chorus in Kannapolis. Currently, he is the musical director and organist for a local church.
Clyde “Corky” Waugh has been playing the double bass (upright bass) and the Fender electric bass since 1964. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in 1975 from Appalachian State University where he studied the double bass and string pedagogy. Corky has worked with various Rhythm & Blues, Country and Beach/Shag bands as well as many artists over the years including Archie Bell, Clifford Curry, Percy Sledge, Billy Bazemore (formally lead singer with The Band Of Oz), Gordy Tapp (of Hee Haw), Ray Pillow, Red Sovine, Peggy Little (Grand Ole Opry Stars) and Jen Jones (The Cameros).
Besides playing with the Moondance Orchestra, Corky also plays for various community theater groups and church programs as well as other swing and big bands including the Frank Love Orchestra in Shelby, NC.
Gray Fallin has been performing Rock, Pop, Jazz, Symphonic music and so much more for over 40 years. As a drummer, he counts among his major influences legendary studio percussionist Steve Gadd, jazz drummer Peter Erskine, Bill Bruford of Yes, King Crimson, Neil Peart of Rush, Stewart Copeland of The Police, Phil Collins of Genesis and legendary Ringo Starr.
After establishing himself as a drummer with local pop and rock bands, Gray began pursuing his passion for jazz in the mid 1990’s as a founding member of The Brubakers. The Brubakers have existed as a band for over 18 years and perform a repertoire of original jazz as well as their own arrangements of jazz standards, ballads and pop. Gray and the band have shared the stage with many Jazz notables including Larry Carlton, The Yellowjackets, Boney James, JeffCoffin and Nicholas Payton to name a few. The band has recorded and released 4 CD’s over their 18 year tenure.