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Wasted Potential Brass Band / Bio

Atlanta's over-the-top second line. Hear them: New Orleans standards, sarcastic pop, blues, funk and hip hop. Rocking sounds. This is what fun sounds like.


[Evan Lee Frayer] :a consummate performer trained since birth. He got accepted to the prestigous School For Creative and Performing in high school and shortly thereafter embarked on his musical career. Evan has performed worldwide, from Europe to the Pacific Rim, and you can usually catch him with his cohorts on the sidewalks in New Orleans or Oakhurst. Expect the unexpected.

[Mico Bowles] : Mico has been performing with many different bands over 20 years. Trained in Jazz, he leans towards the New Orleans Classic Sound, but also loves the funky stuff that Wasted Potential throws down. He holds a degree from the London College of Music, but he learned his craft on the streets of New Orleans, Atlanta, Macon and Memphis. If Evan is the 'butt' of the band, Mico is the 'heart and soul'.

[Jamie Hemphill] : another wunderkind and the 'pretty face' of the band. Jamie earned a Masters in Music @ GSU, and is a multi-instrumentalist that is equally competent on the keyboard, tuba or bass guitar. When not shaping the minds of our youth's he can often be found in smoky piano bars playing cheesy 80's covers. If you hear us playing Brittany Spears or MIcheal Jackson, it's Jamie's fault!

[Bob Rice] :Partially responsible for the opening with China in 1971 and is now working feverishly to control the world financial crisis. Bob is a very well respected drummer in the Atlanta area for at least 20 years. He has most notably played with: The Shadows, Chicago Bob Nelson, Luther Johnson, Jon Mooney, Dr. John, Rufus Thomas, Lazy Lester, Nappy Brown, Fatback Deluxe, JT Speed, Mudcat, Brother Dave Gardner, Big City Bob, jazz guitarist Tom Theobo, Vance Taylor with Earth Wind & Fire Snooky Pryor with the Blind Willies lineup. The elder statesman of the blues.

[Daryl Dunn] : plays the tenor and soprano saxophones with class and style. He has played with several ensembles in metro ATL for over 20 years including Wasted Potential, The Zoots, The Tikis and the Elvis Show Band. Originally trained from clubs of LA, he brings a sophistication to the bands sound.

[Chris Kearney] : has been orbiting the Decatur Music scene since the Freight Room Days. He played Eddie's Attic with Screen Door. He performed with cajun/zydeco powerhouse and local purveyors of the creole sound - Hair of the Dog - as well as high testosterone hillbilly funksters - Stonehouse Posse. A meticulous drummer that adds flavor to our musical gumbo, always plays with a smile on his face and sure to put one on yours.

[Jesse DJ Jesster Vogel]: a DJ since '92 he began his tutelage under Mico and has been steadily mastering the craft. Besides playing the trumpet he has been known to rock the mic! When not DJing or playing with WP, he can be found doing sound for the Village Theatre in the Old Fourth Ward.

[Bongo Bill McCollum] : this multi-percussonist always has something in his trick bag and can also be seen performing with the Seed & Feed Marching Abominable Band from Sea to shining Sea. Besides making sweet drum music, he enjoys long walks on the beach and being naked in the North Georgia Mountains!

[Lil Joe from Chicago] : his resume takes up too much space. Joe performs World Wide and has played and toured with the best, from BB King to Mudcat and by himself. Currently under the 'Music Maker' label, we dont get Lil Joe often , but when he's there, nobody can stay in thier seat!

[Darius Prevost]: likes sousaphones, long walks on the beach, and swing dancing. He has played the tuba for over a decade in various concert ensembles.

General Info

Band Members
Evan Jamie Mico Jessie Chris Darius Daryl Lil' Joe Bob
Artist Name
Wasted Potential Brass Band
Home Page
Active Since
Jazz / Funk / Hip Hop

Contact Info

Atlanta, GA

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