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Bruce Rowell - Guitar
Bruce, the founder of the group, picked up the guitar 15 years ago after decades of listening to classic rock groups such as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones and Aerosmith and has never put it down since. His guitar gods include Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Stevie Ray Vaughan. After playing for several years he formed the band The 5 Beer Band, which played barbecues and cancer benefits while working through different players and tunes. Eventually The 5 Beer Band became Rockin’ Reverb, or Reverb as it is also known. Today Bruce enjoys playing both rhythm and lead guitar through some pretty awesome gear - having fun and playing some good rock and roll is on top of his list.
Sharon Rowell - Vocals
Sharon has been singing on and off for years. She grew up on music seeing her first Monkees concert at 5 years old and never looked back. She is an expert at naming song titles and lyrics.
Sharon started singing back up for The 5 Beer Band and several years ago. She now does lead and back-up vocals for Reverb that really helps to round out the band. She’s a rocker who adds a little organization to the band.
Dan Berry – Guitar, Vocals
Dan started paying his musical dues in his early teens in the lovely state of New Jersey. First musical influences were the Beatles and surf music in a band called the “High Five”. That band transitioned from 60’s rock to Motown, Blues, etc and was quite successful playing dances in central Jersey. Other local musicians heard Dan play and dreamed of heavier music. So when Cream, Hendrix, Floyd and the Doors arrived, Dan transitioned to a “higher” musical level in other bands like “Faze”. After graduating college, he moved up to Martha’s Vineyard and played in bands that toured from Boston through the Cape for 2 years.
Moving to Long Island, he played more of the classics doing a tour of duty with “Jekyll n Jive” in Nassau and Suffolk clubs for a few years. Dan jammed around for awhile and used his musical ear by doing sound engineering gigs with the popular “Southbound”. Along came Reverb a few years ago; where the classics blend in with current tunes allowing Dan to stretch both his strings and vocal chords.
Jim Mammone – Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Percussion
At 11 years old, Jim’s mom and dad gave him a choice of birthday gifts: a guitar or drums. A tough choice, he chose guitar, and has had on-again off-again affairs with guitar since; experimenting with folk, rock, and jazz music. Jim fronted several garage rock bands, including The Henchmen, Track One, and the locally popular T. Hatley Reed during high school. Singing “contemporary” 70’s music of the Allmans, Clapton, Hendrix, Stones, etc., the bands played dances, parties, and gyms. Later, Jim formed an acoustic duo that traveled the east coast, playing music by the likes of Bob Dylan, Dave Mason, Neil Young, and others at cafes and private events. Jim and Rick became known for their mellow harmonies supported by acoustic guitars. They later evolved to classic and modern jazz.
After 35 years, with a virtual musical wasteland between, Jim accompanied Reverb on vocals at a gig; performing the once “contemporary” tunes he sang early on as classic rock. And… to augment the rhythm section, Jim has recently added percussion to come full circle with a difficult childhood decision.
Fred Kull – Bass Guitar
Born and raised on Long Island, Fred developed an interest in music at a very young age, mostly being influenced by his mother’s side of the family. Often he would listen to his parent’s records, like Harry Belafonte and Frank Sinatra. But when the Beatles came to fame, Fred was hooked on Rock and Roll. After listening to the Animals, “We Gotta Get Out of This Place”, he had an immediate desire to want to play bass and only bass. Fred asked his parents to buy him a bass guitar, a solid body Hagstrom. He would take lessons and practice for hours. Eventually, Fred formed his very first band with some friends and played at local school dances, churches and private parties. They played the rock hits of the day, and then started playing at local bars in Fred’s hometown of Huntington.
Shortly thereafter, Fred married his girlfriend, started raising a family and became very active in his children’s lives, so music took a back seat. Despite having no free time, Fred never lost the interest to play. Rarely, when he had a chance, Fred would play. After the kids grew and moved on, Fred developed a mad urge to start playing again. He purchased some lesson CDs, re-learned his scales, modes and began seeking out a band on Craig’s list, where he eventually auditioned with Rock & Reverb and have enjoyed playing with them ever since.
Chris Doyle – Drums, Vocals
Chris first took up the drums at the age of twelve. After playing in school bands and drum and bugle corps, he felt the force of Rock and Roll and was hooked. Chris jammed with several neighborhood players, but it wasn’t until his junior year in college that he joined his first gigging band. The Nubs, a New Wave cover band, enjoyed a 2 year run at many of the Island’s best clubs, including Cheers, Goodtimes, the Quarterdeck Pub and Rumrunner. The Nubs opened for such legendary bands as Streetfighter, Vixen and UK recording artists 999 in addition to being headliners themselves. They packed their hometown bar, Genie’s, every week. As the band’s run winded down, Chris earned his bachelor’s degree and sought a “real” job.
Fast forward thirty years, and Chris was ready to rock again, at the encouragement of his wife and 3 kids. In 2011 he sat in on a rehearsal with Reverb, several of whose members are colleagues at work. That led to a permanent seat on the drum throne when the position became available. Now Chris is having a blast playing Classic Rock at bars, clubs, private events, benefits and festivals.