Brian began his musical career at the age of six. While watching the Lawrence Welk Show on Sunday’s with his parents he decided he would like to learn how to play the accordion! Well, after seven years of accordion lessons and a stint in his first band in 8th grade, Brian soon learned that playing the accordion was not “cool”! That’s when he switched his musical career to organ and piano.
The rest is history as Brian continued his musical journey working his way through the ranks of musicianship playing and performing with many Top 40, Blues, Rock, Jazz and Show Bands. Some of the acts Brian has performed with included The M.A.S.S., MACE, Sparkle, Terry Crispino Show, Sky Lady, The Chris Robbins Show and Radio Personality, Bob Stoud’s Rockestra Band. Brian completed his full-time musical career with Dave Major and the Minors.
No longer a full-time musician Brian now enjoys performing with a few local Rock and Blues bands and the Onstage Majority.
Jim was active for many years in the show groups Dave Major and the Minors and then Onstage Majority.
Not only is he an excellent drummer and singer, he also has a great comedic wit and skill. He is a graduate of Players Workshop of Second City where he honed his improvisation skills. Jim loves the audience participation part of the program. He believes that everyone should have "fun" during our performances!
Performing for thousands of people during those years has helped Jim gain an awareness for "reading an audience." This ability, coupled with his vast knowledge of music, enables him to present music that pleases the audience.
Roger started playing the drums in 3rd grade. From there he majored in music at Northwestern University. His specially is percussion, with the vibes being his major instrument.
He met Jim Beverly in Junior High and has worked with him in the show groups Dave Major and the Minors and the Onstage Majority.
He also performed with Henry Mancini, Sammy Davis Jr., Mel Torme, Steve Allen, Vic Damone, Liza Minelli and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
He also toured and recorded with the Dick Schory Percussion Pops Orchestra.
For several years in the 70's he wrote and recorded many TV and Radio commercials including Marlboro, Kellogs, Sears, Jewel Foods and the Wild Kingdom Theme.
Rich's mom was a pianist who performed popular music and had him sing with her on stage at the age of 10. He learned mandolin from his father, and ukulele from his mother. In the early 60's he switched to guitar. In college he played in fraternity and local classic rock bands, one of which: The Mostly PhD Blues Band, at the U of C, played at colleges in the Chicago area and in south side blues clubs.
In spite of a busy work schedule, he played in Christian praise bands; directing, singing, or playing guitar at churches in the northwest suburbs. In the mid 1990's he performed in a "Promise Keeper" band for men's ministry gatherings in northern Illinois.
After retiring in 2009, Rich developed musical collaborations with other like minded musicians, establishing Two Rich in 2010 (with former OSM member Dick Jess) and Blue Nova Music in 2014. Both of these on-going groups perform dinner music: jazz, pop, and bossa nova.
Rich feels fortunate to be able to pursue his professional musical interests with the talented players of Onstage Majority.