Steve’s musical interest began when he joined the junior high school band at age 14 and played the trumpet. As a member of the high school band, he learned music theory; and, during his senior year, he and fellow band members formed their own rock band, called The Ravons.
His parents bought him his first electric guitar and amp when he was 17: a Guild hollow-body dual pick-up and a Fender Deluxe-Reverb amp. He still has both today.
In 1979, Steve got into multi-track recording with Dave Clark. He learned how to play drums when he found out they needed a percussion track for the music they were recording. Since then, he has been involved with music all of his adult life “in one form or another.”
Steve’s drumming influences include Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge and John Bonham of Led Zeppelin. His favorite bands are The Beatles and MASS KUNFUZION. He is married to Belinda, the love of his life, and together they have 3 sons and daughters-in-law and 5 grandchildren.
Dave grew up in Titusville, Florida where at the age of 12, he first became obsessed with music. He starting collecting music surveys of the local radio stations, printing up his own Top 40 song lists, and would sit and listen for hours to the radio, writing down the names and artists of all the songs that were played. That was 1966. About the same time, his older brother and father learned to play guitar. Dave followed their example 3 years later, teaching himself guitar in the summer of ’69 (and yes, he “played until his fingers bled”). As his mother puts it, “That summer he went into his bedroom, locked the door, and when he came out he could play guitar”. In the summer of 1971, he got his first paying gig with the folk-rock group Bearfoot at the short-lived tourist attraction Johnny Weissmuller’s Tropical Wonderland. They played 3 or 4 times a day throughout the summer. Each band member’s take: $39 for the whole summer. During that summer, Dave started his bass-playing career when Bearfoot’s bass player left and Dave was nominated to learn and take over on bass.
In 1972, his senior year at Titusville High School, Dave played rhythm guitar for the school-sponsored group Peacemaker, and played many gigs at local schools and malls. He entered college later that year as a classical guitar major. Two years later he switched majors to Engineering, but never cut back on his guitar playing. In 1977 he moved to Pensacola and began playing bass in church. He and Steve Hernandez set up and ran a home recording studio from the late ’70’s thru the mid 90’s, playing an occasional gig along the way. They recorded many budding artists in Pensacola during this time, including former congressman Joe Scarborough. In 1993, Dave and Steve joined The Alien Bubbas and played many gigs around Pensacola. Dave moved away in 1995, but returned to Pensacola in 1997.
Before joining Mass Kunfuzion in 2005, He and Steve played occasional gigs as members of a succession of bands: The Outtatown Blues Band, Roadkill Revival, CRS, Collective Memory, and Endangered Species. The initial idea for Mass Kunfuzion came about when Steve asked Dave to put together a band for a variety show at St Paul Church.
Dave is low-key about his bass playing, and is happy just to back up the other members of the band. However, if you watch him closely on stage, you begin to appreciate the years of practice he has put into developing the signature bad posture of a true bass player.
When he is not playing with Mass Kunfuzion, he sometimes appears around town backing up Pensacola’s own Dr. Breeze.
He was born the third of six children to an Air Force pilot and a woman from Texas. His first musical influence was his grandmother Izetta, who played guitar and harmonica in honky-tonks in the oil country around Luling, Texas. His Mom played the piano by ear (still does). His Dad sang from the pew and around a camp fire.”
His first instrument was the trumpet. He learned how to read and play music, like most kids his age, at school. Mike’s Dad was transferred to Okinawa, Japan as he was entering high school. He played the horn through middle school in beginning and concert bands. His Dad was transferred to Okinawa, Japan as he was entering high school. His director, a man named Ralph Cabret, was a bass player who studied at Julliard. He arranged the Chicago VII album for our Kubasaki High School stage band. “We played shows all over the island even doing a couple with the USO”, Mike says.
His brother, Kevin, with three other friends started a band called Desda Nova (“Desda” means nothing and “Nova” means new…get it?). He was the horn player but all of the girls liked the guitar players or drummer so he had to follow his heart. His brother broke most of his fingers teaching him guitar but he was smitten. Desda Nova played at friends parties and at a resort on Okinawa called Okuma. They’d play through the weekend for $200.00 a night and board.
From then on he doubled between the horn and rhythm sections playing in jazz, concert and marching bands. His father figured that since he and his brother could both play, they owed a debt for their talent to the Almighty. It followed that they should play at mass for the folk and youth choirs. Mike has played at church ever since. He’s been a member of or led a choir in every part of the world for nigh on 35 years. He has been blessed countless times for the debt he’ll never fully repay.
He continued to double with horn and guitar through college playing in church, jazz, marching and concert bands at Black Hills State College in Spearfish South Dakota and his alma mater, the University of Southern Mississippi. He also played with friends at clubs and parties when the chance arose.
After university, he looked for work but found a life in the Navy flying both the F-4 and F-14. He met and fell in love with a beautiful young woman from Pensacola. They have two sons. He flew for 20 years all the while playing in church and in bands along the way. While in the Navy, he had ample opportunity to organize shipboard concerts, jam with friends, and play in a number of bands with names like Gonzo Jam, Guns Jam, and the Ripper Band. He retired from the Navy after 21 years in Pensacola. He signed on to play with these folks at the annual parish picnic and has been in MASS KUNFUZION ever since.”
He plays a white ’82 Japanese Telecaster (named Jae-bird) his wife gave him when they were stationed in Atsugi, Japan bought from the Sony music store in the Ginza of downtown Tokyo; and a black Grande’ Les Paul copy (named Elaine) his father bought for him when he was a senior in high school.”
While his career is in music, his primary job is that of husband and father (he and his wife have four children). Tom has served as a Director of Music for a several Catholic parishes for over 10 years now. ‘On the side’ (he’s a musician, remember?) he works with Pensacola Catholic High School’s Music Ministry program and serves as a Director and Designer for Pensacola Little Theatre. Speaking of Pensacola Little Theatre, Tom sat in the Director’s chair as he cast and directed a successful run of “Beauty and the Beast.”
Tom started playing piano as a young child, and took advantage of various piano studies over the years including classical performance, improvisation, accompaniment, and jazz composition. He spent his undergraduate years at The Catholic University of America, and has since completed additional studies in conducting, voice, choral direction and Liturgy.
He has collaborated with other artists in studio recording and arranging, most notably Doug Brummel (www.dougbrummel.com – a healthy proponent of families in today’s hectic world).
Only recently has he started working on his own recordings . . . Christmas Blessings. This album is filled with piano arrangements of some of my favorite Holiday songs. Tom was thrilled to have a guest violinist, Mary Ann Lane, play on 4 of these songs. The CD is an hour long, and reflects a mix of religious and secular pieces that hopefully include some of your favorites. In what he hopes will be a ‘Tom Tradition’ there are a few pieces that will be new to you as well: his own composition, Blessings, and today’s seldom heard Gregorian Chants Of the Father’s Love Begotten and Creator of the Stars of Night.
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The National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM)
The American Guild of Organists (AGO)
Pensacola Little Theatre Artistic Committee
Angela was born on Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton, FL but she was raised in Pensacola. Like her MK counterparts, she started singing in church at the age of 7 and continues on today. She is the older sister of MK keyboardist, Tom Baroco.
She has been involved with music her entire life. She received vocal training in Pensacola, Nashville and Orlando and has appeared in over 40 musical theatre productions over the last 25 years. Her first lead role (at 13) was as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.
Angie loves singing songs by Norah Jones, Melissa Etheridge, Elvis, and Colbie Caillet.
Angie is married to Scott Eddy and has a daughter, Michaela.
Rhythm & Lead Guitarist / Lead Vocals
Hometown: Pensacola, FL
Born in San Diego, California in 1987 and raised in a military family, Ben has lived around the world and been affected by different cultural influences. Inspired by his father and cousins, he picked up the guitar at the age of 13 and taught himself to play by spending hours learning different songs and playing with various people and groups to hone his skills. Ben is mostly influenced by the modern Blues players such as, Jack White and Dan Auerbach.
Ben has played with various bands such as, The White Water Shindig, Screwdriver, and The Effect. Besides playing guitar he plays; bass, banjo, keyboard, drums, and ukulele, but not all at the same time!. He plays a Fender Stratocaster.
Steve & Dave, who knew Dave from previous adventures on the softball field, asked him to join their happy little band & lend his experience to their sound. He accepted & gradually worked himself into the fold.
His musical background consisted of guitar lessons when he was in grade school & teaching himself piano chords. But, in 1982 he joined Up With People & spent 4 years touring the world. It wasn’t long into his world tour that he discovered that the big board with lots of buttons & lights actually made sense to him. He spent a few months learning the concepts of mixing the band & vocals then became a true staff member and toured for the next two years as a sound mixer and a year as a stage manager.
His highlights of the mixing days were mixing a show for Pope John Paul II at St Peters in the pouring rain; Nothing like trying to keep 220 volts of electricity from coursing through your body in front of 10,000 people! His biggest US highlight was being in the sound booth at Super Bowl XX helping to send the Halftime show to NBC.
Seeing as Up With People was how he met his wife who was from Pensacola, he settled here, they raised a family, & now he gets to spend his free time with these guys. His favorite saying?: “Dave, you need professional help!”
He can sometimes be found playing second-chair kazoo at selected Mass Kunfuzion gigs!!!!!
The newest member of the band, Gerald started playing drums at Brentwood Middle School and continued to play through high school as a member of the award-winning Woodham High School Band. He played in many local rock bands as he graduated and went on to college, playing at local clubs such as Down Under, Machine Gun Kelly’s, and Big Daddy’s. He played drums in the traveling Ebb Tides, once playing to over 50,000 people in McAllen, Texas at the 1976 July 4th celebration.
Gerald has extensive relationships with such southern notables as the Marshall Tucker Band, Grinderswitch, and Wet Willie. He has provided background studio productions to many southern Gospel and rock bands over the years.
He continues to have extensive charitable relationships in Pensacola, serving as Past President of the Ronald McDonald House, Habitat For Humanity past chairman, past chairman of the Cattle Barons Ball, chairman of the development board of Sacred Heart Foundation and a current officer of the Sacred Heart Foundation. He continues to be a member of Five Flags Rotary, and currently serves on the WSRE public TV board. He owns and operates Adcox Imports, a luxury car dealership, and has two children, Sarah and Brady. He and his wife, Victoria, are the 2014 honorary chairs of the Wine and Food Classic, a major fundraiser for WSRE TV.
His passions are music and classic cars.
While in fifth grade, Mark learned early that the piano wasn’t for him, so he took off on learning the trumpet. He then discovered the happy beat of the congas in the 90’s and studied under Kalani. His percussion entourage includes the clavas, the guiro, the nuggets, the snap sequence, the clap sequence, the wood bloque, the richocet, the antler, the drum stique, the chimes and coming soon: the bongos and the tap.
His favorite local band of old was Lazy Day when the TiKi was cooking on Sunday afternoons and the cover band at Kevin’s En La Playa – Wildwood.
Mark is no longer an active member of the band, but is one of it’s biggest supporters and, because of his charisma and positive attitude, will always be a part of the band in spirit.