Meet the Band

 

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Andy Potocic – Vocals, Guitars, Mandolin

“I started playing music when I was 12 years old. First it was the guitar, then the bass, then the accordian, then the mandolin, then the banjo, then the… nope, that’s it. Dave and I have been performing together since we were wee lads (16 years old). He’s really helped my writing. And in recent years I’ve gotten hooked on recording and producing music in my home studio. I like many styles of music — as long as it’s good! But I’ve got a special place in my musical heart for Van Halen and Bob Dylan. Basically, I’m a quiet boy that likes puzzles… ”

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Sara Eagleboy – Vocals, Flute, Tin Whistle

“I started playing the flute in 5th grade in the elementary school band and I loved how every second of it seemed to come naturally. In the years following that initial immersion into music I also learned to play a variety of instruments, which include the sax, piccolo, recorder, piano, whistles, American Indian flutes and very recently the guitar. I played well into high school until my priorities got scrambled and I denied that musical passion for other life experiences. Many years and a small family later I discovered a band that hit my soul so hard that it literally brought me to my knees in tears. Brule features a young flute player who reminded me of myself before I lost the music within me. Their musical poetry and passion was the reason I started playing again. I devoured all the music that I came in contact with, starting with the Brule CDs, and shook my very own foundation with a newly discovered passion. Within a few months I got bored playing along with the radio and other musicians’ CDs, so I began looking for a way to branch out and express the music in my soul. I placed an ad on an Internet site that lead to a brief email from Dave, which lead to a chance encounter with Dave and Andy that eventually evolved into The Gleasons. It’s amazing to me still how the wheels of change brought us all together and continue to take us wherever it is we are headed. What a ride so far! Thanks for all your love and undying support my fellow Gleasons. I am a better person because of you. :)”

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Tom Branigan – Bass, Vocals

I was in the 7th grade, and my parents told me I needed to learn an instrument. Not too keen on the piccolo, I asked the band instructor what else was still available. There she was, winking at me from the back of the band closet. An early 70’s electric bass. Love at first sound. After 33 years of rock, punk, and blues bands, pit orchestras and session work, I still can’t get enough. Dave, Andy and I are in another band (A tribute to the greatest rock band of this or any generation—THE WHO). I’d seen The Gleasons several times and became a fan. When their bass player left, I committed to sitting in until they found someone—that was three years ago. My friendships within the band are wonderful, and the songs—those fantastic songs—keep me coming back for more. I’ll be sitting in for a while yet…

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Jeff Sturgeon – Fiddle, Vocals

I began my adventure with the alto fiddle in fifth grade. I live a musical life by learning new instruments and styles with other musicians.  When not playing with The Gleasons, I can be found playing in Irish sessions and Old-Time jams in Milwaukee and the region.  I am priveleged to continue this trip by playing with this group of talented musicians, and I invite you to rock with The Gleasons.

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Vince Clore – Guitars

“A songwriter’s lead guitar player”. A term that has been used to describe Vince’s playing. “I like to play to the song. Sure, it’s fun to put in a blazing solo from time to time… but lead playing works best when it compliments the song”. I started playing guitar around age 14. Edward Van Halen definitely influenced me to pick up the guitar, but song writers like Paul Westerberg are the reason I still play today. My biggest (guitar player) influences are EVH, Alex Lifeson, and Tommy Keene. I’ve been in metal, punk, rockabilly, and pop band throughout the years. The great thing about playing with The Gleasons is there are so many different musical influences going on, yet at it’s core, it is still rocking!

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Barry Salem – Drums

“I have been playing drums and percussion for 25 years. I toured with Jo Serrapere and Pub Domain in the late 1990’s. I like ice water and pomegranates. My interests include building homes, fishing, golf, and appearing out of nowhere when you least expect it. Influences include Ringo Starr, Bun E Carlos, Buddy Rich, Dave Weckl, Neil Peart, and The Velvet Fog (Mel Torme). Band influences include The Beatles, Cheap Trick, Rush, Lunasa, Eileen Ivers, Kodo, Dead Can Dance and any movie soundtracks written by John Williams or Danny Elfman. That’s all I got to say about that.”

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Dave Stevens – Vocals, Guitars

“I began writing music and playing in bands in the early 90’s and was heavily influenced by alt rock and American folk music. Ironically, it was at the urging of The Gleasons very own Andy Potocic that I began my musical career. That eclectic journey led me down several pathways that included the rock bands Central Plain, Thin Man and Dorian’s Virtue — all of which included Andy. I was also the lead vocalist in the prog metal band Max Cooper until The Gleasons formed in early 2003. I cite several influences including Bob Dylan, U2, Clannad and Johnny Cash. I’m a Rush fanatic and my favorite vocalist is Nat King Cole.”