Bill has been singing, playing, and writing music since the early 1980s. He's worked as a private investigator since 1988 and has led several church bands over a span of three decades. He's presently half of the acoustic duo Bill & Alana, in which he plays acoustic covers of an eclectic variety of music from Sinatra to Daft Punk. Bill also performs with Get Off My Lawn, a cover band featuring rock from the '70s through the '00s.
Born in Philadelphia. Lives in North Wales, PA.
Shadow Merchant (original progressive rock), Where’s Pete (wedding/party cover band), Dogs Playing Cards (classic rock cover band). In 2021, Howard released a solo CD of his original songs, However (info at howard-whitman.com).
Chris Squire, Paul McCartney, Steven Wilson, Steve Hackett, Ric Ocasek, Todd Rundgren … and lately, Dave Hope!
I loved music so much, starting from an early age, that I just had to learn how to make it.
Favorite Kansas Songs:
Song for America, Journey from Mariabronn, The Wall, Icarus … so many classic songs!
Besides playing music, I write about it, for Goldmine magazine and the ClassicRockRevisited.com website. Past assignments have included interviews with members of Kansas, Styx, Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, Aerosmith, Dream Theater, Badfinger, The Eagles, Chicago, and many more of my musical heroes.
Petula began playing the violin at the age of 10 and switched to viola at 17. She received her Bachelor’s in Music Performance at West Chester University and her Master’s in Music Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.
Petula performs with Delaware Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and is currently principal violist with the Lancaster Symphony. In addition to touring the world with various orchestras, Petula has played shows with Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, Frank Sinatra Jr., Michael Buble, Evanescence, Lindsey Stirling, Hanson Brothers, Josh Groban, Little River Band, The 2 cellos, Wayne Newton, Neil Sedaka, Electric Light Orchestra, Sarah Brightman, Vic Damone, Steve Lawrence and Eddie Gorme, Regis Philbin, Lainie Kazan, Connie Francis, Johnny Mathis, Rock Star Supernova with Tommy Lee, The Decemberists, Procol Harum, Spike Lee, Terrance Blanchard, Donna Summer, Ben Folds, Savion Glover, Yo Yo Ma, Placido Domingo, Il Volo, Mark O'Connor, Peter Gabriel, Celtic Thunder, Celtic Woman and Julie Andrews. Petula has played solo electric violin with John Elefante (lead singer of Kansas), Kevin Chalfant (Journey), Randall Hall (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Jason Scheff (Chicago). She’s a Voting member of the Grammy’s and played on a Grammy-nominated recording with The Crossing.
Other than playing and teaching music, Petula loves to work out, bake, travel and spend time with her daughter, Luciana Marie.
Susan Piper Band (original music); Hotwire, Riff Raff, Dave Boyd Projects, Don't Tell Your Father (rock); Ivan Taub & The Overdrive Orchestra (corporate/wedding); Nothing Really House Band (Cable TV); Blues Alley (R&B). Currently in both Mixed Company and the Cellar Ratz.
Influences /Favorite Musicians:
Deep Purple & Ritchie Blackmore, Queen, Jethro Tull, Wishbone Ash, Cat Stevens, James Taylor, Mountain, Glenn Miller Orchestra
Dave had a lot of friends who were into music and started out on drums. When he realized he was 'rhythmically challenged' he switched to guitar. Dave has not had formal training - he plays by ear and is entirely self taught.
Favorite Kansas Songs:
The Wall, Lonely Wind
Indy Car & Formula 1 Racing, Philadelphia Eagles & Phillies, Travel & Reading, but only on the beach.
Bob has been playing music of all genres his entire life. A member of many Philadelphia area bands since the 70s, he performed with Aftershock, an instrumental band that covered the Dixie Dregs, Kansas, Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Rush and more. He also recorded an original album with indie rock band Milton and the Devils Party.
Hometown: Churchville, PA (born in New York and raised in Florida)
Gear: PRS Custom 24 10 top, Ibanez JS1200, Les Paul Custom Silverburst, PRS Custom 22 Piezo, Taylor 714ce 6 string acoustic, Taylor 352ce 12 string acoustic, Korg X3 keyboard, Pod XT Live, Ibanez SR400 bass
Influences: Rik Emmett, John McLaughlin, Alex Lifeson, Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Kerry Livgren, Neal Morse
Favorite Bands: Kansas, Triumph, Renaissance, Heart, Rush, The Beatles, Ambrosia, Muse, Spock's Beard, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Porcupine Tree, Todd Rundgren
Favorite Movies: This is Spinal Tap, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, History of the World Part I, Logan's Run
Favorite Books: Ender's Game (and every Ender's universe book), Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, Unbroken, All the Light We Cannot See, The Martian, The Book Thief, The Nightingale, Old Man's War series, The Passage, My Own Words (Ruth Bader Ginsburg)
Hobbies: Floor hockey, exercise, reading, painting, traveling
Point Pleasant, PA
Banshee (progressive/classic rock), Aftershock (progressive/classic rock), Outside the Circle (classic rock).
Enchant, Spock's Beard, Pattern-Seeking Animals, Porcupine Tree, Dixie Dregs, Steve Morse Band, Deep Purple, Rush, 4Front, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Kansas
As Frank Zappa said, music is the best. My dad played guitar and some of my earliest memories are of him jamming with a fiddler, who I'm certain was always out of tune. I never had formal training, but I've had the good fortune to meet amazing musicians throughout my life.
Favorite Kansas Songs:
Miracles Out of Nowhere, Song for America, Cheyenne Anthem, Magnum Opus, Glimpse of Home, Journey from Mariabronn.
Photography, Hiking, Travel