Raymond G. Michaud – Lead Vocalist
Actors Equity Association (AEA) Screen Actors Guild; American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA)
A professional journeyman actor and singer for nearly 30 years, Raymond has performed across the U.S. in plays, musicals, and numerous bands and cabarets. Connecticut theatre audiences have seen him on stage at Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, Stamford’s Palace Theatre and Rich Forum, Westport Country Playhouse, and the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts in Fairfield. His professional acting work also includes feature films, corporate videos, and commercial voice-overs.
In their younger years, Raymond performed together with Fred in the rock band, Equinox, and since then has been a singer and guitarist with several bands, most notably Back to Earth, Encore, Mélange, and 150 RPM, as well as numerous musical duos and trios along the way. With Artistic Director, Jeanine DeFalco, he is co-founder of Falcon Repertory Company, a Small Professional Theatre and Film company based in Fairfield County. He also is a member of the Theatre Artists’ Workshop and served multiple terms on their Executive Board, where he helped rebuild their Apprentice Program. He currently lives in Trumbull.
Brian Ruther – Drums
My interest in music began at an early age while watching my brother Eddie play the drums. In elementary and middle school I played the clarinet, trumpet, guitar and sang in the chorus. It wasn’t until my middle school music teacher, Mr. William Elias, took all of those instruments away and put drum sticks in my hands that I truly began to love music. He put me in the jazz band and I have been playing ever since.
I have been performing in local bands for years including stints with the BOOMERS and CIRCUS, two local rock bands. Ironically, many years ago one of the first bands that I played with was with Fred Hartlett. It has been a passion of mine to keep playing music and enjoy the memories that music brings to all of us. I am now a middle school teacher in Norwalk and play with the school jazz band. Yes, a bit older but with the same passion. Playing with OLDSCHOOL has been a refreshing experience for me. I guess we all need to look back and thank a teacher for being an inspiration to us all. I look forward to seeing everyone come out to share their fun memories with us at our next performance!
David Durrell – Bass Guitar
David was born and raised in Greenwich and attended the Greenwich Public Schools. In Greenwich, he was a member of the Summer Youth Festival where he worked as a lighting assistant, and later as a bassist in the pit orchestra. He attended the State University of New York at Potsdam, Crane School of Music where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. At Potsdam, he studied composition with Robert Washburn and Elliot Del Borgo.
With the Crane Symphony Orchestra, he provided music for the opening and closing ceremonies at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. He holds a Master of Music degree from Columbia University Teachers College, where he was a conducting major and a 7th Year certificate from Fitchberg State University. He is an alumnus of the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic and Young People’s Symphony, where he was a conductor.
He taught band and general music in the New Haven Public Schools, and since 1987, has taught instrumental music in the Norwalk Public Schools. He has performed as a bassist with numerous local theater companies including Curtain Call and the Connecticut Playmakers. Currently he is a member of the Norwalk based Intake Ensemble, and he plays the electric bass guitar with his rock band Old School. In his spare time, Dave enjoys fishing and tinkering with his collection of antique farm tractors.
Fred Hartlett – Guitar
I started playing music professionally at the age of 13 doing weddings and parties with my father George Hartlett and older brother Ted Hartlett. These beginnings have fostered my love for many different musical genres’, including country and western, old classics, jazz, pop, and of course rock n’ roll. My earliest musical influence was The Beatles.
My brother and I would strum tennis rackets pretending to play guitar while we sang along to Please Please Me and I Wanna Hold Your Hand. In my teens and early twenties I played in numerous rock n’ roll bands, including Equinox with Ray Michaud and later Circus with Brian Ruther. I am getting a chance to relive some of the memories now with Old School.