Ken Blackstock: Guitar & Vocals
He has been playing guitar since 1974, starting formal lessons in 1976. He attended Berkeley College of Music in Boston, Neupauer Conservatory in Philadelphia, PA, and got his B.A. in Music Ed from Shepherd University, W.V. Ken was Eddie Holman's (“Hey There Lonely Girl”) guitarist in the early '80s. He teaches private guitar, bass, mandolin and banjo lessons, and currently has an album out of self-composed instrumental pieces on iTunes from his album Musician's Perspective. He also has released a single called Rockford Meets Shaft. He is trained in both classical and jazz guitar and has been playing in bands since he was 16. His biggest musical influence is the band Chicago.
Dave Coleman: Bass Guitar & Vocals
Dave has been playing the bass guitar for almost fifty years. His time as a musician has expanded all over the states with many amazing bands from all walks of life. Performing full time with Apple Honey Band traveling throughout New England, the South and the Midwest. He also played with the Madison, Wisconsin’s R&B funk band Ebony Funk Machine. Dave plays guitar and bass with the noted Elvis Presley tribute band; Brad Crum & BCT Legend Band and with the Times Past Band at nursing homes throughout Central, PA. When time permits, he also enjoys performing acoustically in a single, duo or trio setting. Quoted directly from Dave, “the day he stops playing music is the day they close his coffin.”
Sharon Joy: Vocals
Growing up in a musical family, it was only natural for Sharon Joy to pursue her love of performing. Trained in voice, dance and theater for the majority of her life - Sharon brings vocal strength and confidence to every single performance.
Her passion and dedication has led her to perform throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia as a soloist and with some fabulous bands. Previously, Sharon performed with Flashpoint and Easy Street. With over twenty-five years’ experience in the business, she has performed everything from big band standards to today’s pop music and everything in between. Sharon continues to share the stage with The New Monopoly Baltimore Based Show Band.
Sharon’s elite stage presence, powerhouse vocal talent, energy and ability to entertain is sure to please crowds both young and old. This is one lady who “brings it” to every show!
Steven Marcs: Rhythm Guitar & Vocals
Steve's first professional job was at the age of 12 when his 2 older brothers needed a fill-in drummer . He then started playing drums in rock bands at the age of 13. About 12 years ago he stepped out front and became a rhythm guitar player and has been fronting bands ever since. He's has been influenced by many different styles of music and has played at various venues such as The Spectrum and the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, The Tweeter Center in Camden, the CMT Fest in Nashville and was a regular performer in Atlantic City as well as performing at venues in Europe and Canada. He has performed as a singer from LA to Nashville to New York and opened for acts such as Kris Kristofferson, Rita Cooledge, Tom Waits, Jason Aldean, Eric Church and others. He minored in percussion at James Madison University and played in many professional bands as a teenager.
Ed Binder: Keyboard & Vocals
Music has been embedded in Ed’s life for over 50 years. Since the age of ten, Ed has been playing the piano and keyboard. Not only is he experienced, skilled and well-rehearsed in his talent, he is such a wonderfully fun-loving person to work with. Rumor Has It is excited to have him on-board!
Ed has played in several different genre of bands; from church, to classic rock with “Bill & Ed’s Excellent Adventure” duo, to the funk outfit “The Beaver Street Band” and most recently with variety group “The Quadrasonics Band”. Over the years of playing, music has more increasingly become the central focus of Ed’s spare time. Ed even thanks music for bringing him the love of his life; his wife. While working as a piano salesman years ago, Ed met his wife and then sold her a piano… he landed so much more than just a sales commission that day!
Russell Yohe: Drummer & Co-Band Manager
For the most part, Russell sits behind the band but in no way does he take the back seat in talent. Few drummers are capable of performing on his level. He has been playing professionally since he was 15 years old. The great Buddy Rich himself arranged for Russell’s first drum lessons with Red Malone. Russell has toured the country with such bands as The Classics Four, Rock & Roll Heaven, and Pure Magic. He has played with local bands such as Little Rock, Sundance, among others. PA has turned out another top-notch performer.
Bob Zoll: Co-Band Manager / Sound / Lighting / Wedding Coordinator -
Bob initially joined the band 7 years ago to run sound and lighting. Over the years he has provided back up vocals when needed. Bob grew up playing piano and then drums in the marching band throughout his days at Cedar Cliff High School and East Stroudsburg State College. After college he joined a local Southern Gospel group "The Baptones" singing baritone and leads for 37 years, managing the group the last 15 years until they recently retired in the fall of 2015. Bob, as wedding coordinator of the band, will assist when needed to help plan the itinerary for your reception, laying out a plan for your entire venue.