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Howie Sperling - Keyboards and Vocals

 

Radio Flyer’s keyboardist Howie Sperling is a valued member of the band and has a varied and rich background in the music business.  In addition to his involvement with “RF”, Howie has been the pianist for ‘High Five’ an award winning theatrical vocal group and winners of the 2012 Jazz Forum Arts competition.  Additionally, Howie fills the keyboard chair for “Reflections”, a 20 piece Big Band Orchestra which performs within the tri-state area and other jazz ensembles within the tri-state area. 

Howie has also: 

  • Provided private musical instruction on the keyboard as well as the guitar, bass guitar and banjo for over 10 years

  • Performed as a solo pianist and within a group setting for society functions, clubs, restaurants and affairs for over 20 years in and around the tri-state area

  • Served as keyboardist for Cabaret performances of various acts; vocal, comedy, dance within clubs and various venues

  • Wrote commercial jingles within a Production Company specializing in musical marketing promotions

  • Served as Assistant Musical Director and performed as keyboardist in the Off Broadway production of “I Take These Women”     

 And if that is not enough, Howie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music as well as a Master of Science degree in Computer Science.

Dave Fox - Saxophones & Blues Harp

 

 

Dave has been honkin' his way through night clubs since he was too young to be in those establishments legally. Influenced by rock and roll sax men like Grady Gaines, Sam "The Man" Taylor and the great Mr. Lee Allen (hardly house-hold names), as opposed to the "road more traveled" giants like John Coltrane and Charlie Parker, Dave's approach to playing both sax and blues harp is to find the note in a phrase that makes one's soul ache and milk it for all it's worth. He is thrilled to have found his way into Radio Flyer and looks forward to all of the bands upcoming gigs. When not Flyin' with RF he also appears with the legendary Kick Start Charlie, Sundog, a band he has been with for some 35 years as well as The Declan Powers Project, Inside Straight (a country western band that he co-founded), Al Mann and The River's Edge Band and the classic Disco band, Dancing Machine, soon to be debuted.

Mark H. Schaeffer - Drums, Percussion & Vocals

 

Mark Schaeffer got his first pair of sticks, a drum pad and basic drumming book from his Father at the age of five.  Playing the “Tom-Tom” and triangle in kindergarden lit a spark in Mark that exists to this day.  Hearing the likes of Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa on his Mother’s “78’s” turned that spark into a roaring flame!  Mark knew the drums were for him.

In his teens, Mark played with bands in Brooklyn and went on to play wedding gigs, club dates and many popular New York City clubs.  One of his fondest memories is recording a demo for RCA Records with his band Legion in 1977 at Electric Lady Studios.  The famed NYC studio owned by the late Jimi Hendrix.

Mark’s varied style is reminiscent of many of his drumming idols including Rich, Bellson, Roach, Williams, Bonham, Seraphine, Palmer, Gadd, Beauford, Colaiuta, Weckl and many more.

Mark Founded Radio Flyer in 2001.