THE BAND

LAMARR TAYLOR

// singer

 

LaMarr Taylor has been a part of Old School for 2 years. She is one of the lead singers and she loves
rocking it out with the guys. From Pat Benetar to Tina Turner to Aretha Franklin, LaMarr interactive
energetic sound is what keeps the crowd on the feet. She loves to bring that Motown flare to the Old
School of the 60s, 70s and 80s. La Marr is also an actress. She has appeared in several plays and
musicals in the Fairfield county area. In The Downtown Cabaret Theatre’s A Raisin in the Sun as Lena
Younger (Mama), she was nominated for best actress in Broadwayworld.com. La Marr is a gospel singer
and has been singing in church and for local audiences for many years. La Marr has attended New York
Film Academy where she studied Musical Theater. LaMarr continually works on craft and currently
studies acting and voice in NYC.

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.

DAVE DURRELL

// bass

 

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.

RALPH VALENZISI

// guitar

 

I've been playing guitar since my teens, have played through the years in bands i upstate NY and Chicago and happy to be  the newest member of the best band in Southern CT!

RAYMOND GERARD MICHAUD

// guitar-vocals

 

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.

BRUCE SKOOG

// guitar-vocals

 

Bruce was born two days late and has been trying to catch up ever since. His favorite holidays are Halloween, Christmas, and Baseball Opening Day.   A lover of rock & roll and rhythm and blues, he taught himself to play guitar listening to his extensive record collection.  Bruce's influences include Chuck Berry, the Beatles, Elvis, the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, anything Motown, and most of the music from the 50s and 60s..  He has acted in community theater, and has been played in several bands over the years, notably Grand Slam, The Hi-Tops, and Shelter Dogs. Bruce loves guitars, wants to adopt them all, and has never met a Telecaster he didn't like. He has played on and off with Old School for the last year, and is very excited to be a full member.  To every show, Bruce promises to bring the following: Fun, Excitement, Energy, Unpredictability, a pair of Chuck Taylors, and too many guitars.

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