Members

The band was formed in February 1996, and currently consists of six members. They are:

Eddie Ritch
Keyboards... Eddie, the heart and soul of The Brubakers, our friend and brother, passed away unexpectedly in Nov. 2013. His music career was long, varied and continued to evolve throughout his lifetime. From his first days of learning the piano, to his passing, his keyboard artistry captivated audiences. Eddie performed many musical styles over his 40 year career, including pop, rock, and jazz. He toured with various acts over much of North America and Europe. He counted some of his influences as... Keith Jarrett, Larry Young, Keith Emerson, Jan Hammer, & Herbie Hancock.
Alex Bost
Guitar... A co-founding member of The Brubakers along with Mark Holland and current Brubakers Carlton, Gray, Joe, and Rick. Alex, along with Mark Holland, provided the initial spark that created The Brubakers. Alex has performed Rock, Top 40, and Jazz for over 40 years. Major influences include Carlos Santana, Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenhour, Robben Ford, & Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Mark Holland
Keyboards... A great songwriter and musical collaborator, Mark was intrumental in The Brubakers initial CD project. It was his composing collaboration with Alex that the 1st Brubaker CD (The Time Has Come) was based on. His influences are varied and include Jazz, Rock, Gospel and Country.
Gray Fallin (@)
Drums and Percussion... Gray has performed with various music groups for over 30 years. Throughout his musical career, he has demonstrated the ability of playing many different styles... including jazz, blues, fusion, rock and progressive rock. His drumming influences include such varied players as Steve Gadd, Bill Bruford, Peter Erskine, Neil Peart, Stewart Copeland, & Manu Katche. In addition to his drumming, Gray has been integral to the producing and engineering of all of The Brubaker CD releases. The Brubaker CD "Triple Bypass", was the 1st band project recorded at his studio, Woodleaf Studios.
Carlton Jackson (@)
Percussion... Innovation, energy and pure heart characterize Carlton’s playing. He was introduced to, and fell in love with Latin percussion instruments, in particular the congas, at an early age. After some years of practice, and tutelage from his beloved uncle Tio, Carlton has performed many musical styles with different bands for over 35 years. His major influences include Potato Valdez, Ray Berretta, & Mongo Santamaria. A dynamic live performer, Carlton is a highlight of any Brubaker performance.
Rick Almond
Soprano, Alto, and Tenor Saxophones... Besides being an original "Brubaker", Rick is one of the most respected go to musicians in the area. He has played in different musical configurations as varied as Pink Floyd tribute bands, to stage production musicals. A graduate of the Pfeiffer University School of Music with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Music Education, Rick has over 30 years of performance experience. His influences on sax include, but not limited to, Tom Scott and David Sanborn.
Mark Jennings
Bass Guitar... When the band has needed a "fill in" bassist over the years, Mark came to our rescue. He has been a friend and fellow band member of most of the groups members for many years. Over Mark's musical career, he, along with Gray and Joe, were bandmates in several groups that played in and around the Charlotte area. Mark’s influences on bass cover a wide range and include among others.. fusionists Stu Hamm and Stanley Clarke, funk master Mark King, prog.rock greats Chris Squire and Geddy Lee, and pop/rock legends Sting and Paul McCartney.
Special Guest - Lonnie Carpenter
Vocals... Lonnie is a great vocalist with a wide range of infuences. He has played and toured up and down the east coast with too many bands to mention! Until recently, Lonnie was a member of the classic rock band Mid-Life Crisis, which he helped form and establish several years ago. Currently he is a member of the cover band, Motel Soap, which features all of the members of The Brubakers. And he also fronts the big band, Moondance Orchestra,... which also includes Gray as the band's drummer
Roger Kohrs
Bass Guitar... An extremely versatile musician, Roger has played professionally for over 40 years. During his career (which has included studio and jingle work), he has played with numerous bands, with a couple of examples being The Classics 4 and Billy Bob Thorton and the Boxmasters. He is currently touring with Unknown Hinson. Roger counts as his major influences...his Father/guitarist Roger Sr., Jaco Pastorius, & Django Reinhardt.
Roberto Fernandez
Bass Guitar... A veteran bassist, Roberto (Robert) is a musician's musician! With Latin, Funk and Jazz chops, he is equally adept on classical guitar and vocals, as he is on the bass. Robert's influences (on bass guitar) include legends Jack Bruce, Jaco Pastorious,and Chuck Rainey.
Joe Gminder
Bass Guitar... Joe is best described as a consummate musician. From his formal training at Elon College on piano and viola, french horn and classical guitar at Emmanuel College, and his 35 years musical experience with various bands and ensembles, there are not many musical styles (or instruments!) that Joe has not mastered. His major influences on guitar and bass include Steve Morse, Alan Holdsworth, Jaco Pastorius and Adam Nitti.
Andre Ferreri (@)
Guitars... Andre’s unique guitar talents have been in high demand throughout the southeast for the past 30 years. His passion is writing and recording technically challenging Jazz-Rock that is fun to play, and fun for the listener. Over the past decade, his compositions have appeared on several national television shows, movies, and commercials for both radio and TV. Well known as a first-call session artist, Andre’s credits include a long list of famous artists’ albums.
Jeff Cowden
Keyboards... Jeff has played professionally for forty years. His career began in Detroit, which contributed to his love for R&B and Soul. Jeff’s lifelong passion for music began during early childhood and blossomed during his time playing with the Detroit band AirCondo. Although classically trained, his versatility allows him to play whatever style the occasion calls for, such as Rock, R&B, Jazz, or Gospel. Jeff’s piano influences include Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. Jeff has enjoyed playing with various artists including, BB King, Les McCann, Paul Jackson Jr, and Chuck Leavell.
Special Guest - Ladell Yates
Bass Guitar... Ladell originally started in music playing piano at the age of 8. From the age of 12 he learned to play drums, baritone horn, valve trombone, bass, and percussion. After high school, Ladell played in various bands and while attending Livingstone College led the Star Time review in 1984. In 1986 Ladell retired from playing in bands and concentrated his efforts on writing and production. He has since worked with a plethora of local talent in virtually all styles of music and has also recorded with and/or shared the stage with Vanessa Williams, Shanice Wilson, Soft Touch (Background for MC Hammer), Shirley Murdoch, Tim Green (writer and producer with Cameo and Stacey Q), Jay Henry (engineer and producer for Heavy D, Bell, Biv, Devoe, LL Cool J, etc.), and Maria Howell (“The Color Purple")