Rockin Hill Band Member Bios
Here's a little info about the band members.
Here's a little info about the band members.
Mark lost his 4 year battle with cancer on Jan 4, 2018 and he will be missed dearly by the band, his family and many many friends.
Mark and Adam Rees were the founders of the Rockin Hill band. Mark was a retired chiropractor, great musician and woodworking artist.
Music background: Rock groups in the 60’s, North Dakota, Major in Music 1975, Rock groups 1973-75, Bemidji, Big band group 80’s and 90’s. Retired 2000, reformed original 60’s rock and roll group in 2006. Formed the P.A. Rockers in Port Aransas, Texas, a 50’-60’s rock and roll group. The band is still performing weekly from January-April in Port Aransas, Texas. Formed the Rockin’ Hill Gang in 2013 in Brainerd. Guitar, Vocals, Drums, Keyboard.… See more pictures
Lead Guitar - Jamming with talented players is one of my greatest joys over the past 35 years. I started out in my late teens playing rock and blues being influenced by artists such as Santana, BB King and Duane Allman. In my twenties my taste expanded to include jazz artists like Joe Pass, Pat Metheny, Jeff Beck, and Mike Stern. While I am not classically trained, I had the honor of seeing Andres Segovia at Boston Symphony Hall just before he passed on. I have incorporated acoustic nylon and steel string guitars with my main axe, a G & L stratocaster style electric, to vary tonal textures. I only use tube amps for the electrics and prefer minimal effects letting the guitar and amp dominate my tone. … See More pictures
Keyboards and Vocals - Bio to follow.. … See More pictures
Keyboards and Saxophones - I've played piano and saxophone since I was 8 years old, and have been in a wide variety of jazz and rock bands, everything from classic jazz, to 70's rock, to jam bands, to acoustic. I love music and can't imagine it not being a part of my life. … See More pictures
Percussion and Vocals - Born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, I got my first drum set at the age of 15. Soon, I found myself playing with several South Bend groups including a local favorite, "Low Rent". As a 4 piece group we often played seven nights a week - hits from groups such as Chicago, Santana, Clapton and a variety of blues artists. Later, l spent 15 years playing with the group "Michiana." Moving to Minnesota for career and lifestyle brought new opportunities to play with several area musicians. I can also be found drumming and singing with area praise teams. Most recently, I'm finding myself blessed to play a variety of music with extremely talented musicians. " An evening with them is well spent." … See More pictures
Drummer, Vibes and Mallet Player, Steel Pan Drum player, Singer, Percussionist
Music background: Jim has been a gigging drummer for most of his life. He loves to play Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country and Classical. He has performed for large crowds of thousands on many occasions. He is always seeking more opportunities to continue this level of performance, and play regular gigs. Jim also plays 4 mallet vibes, playing many Gary Burton, Chick Corea Duets. (vibes equipped with the K&K midi/audio pickup for other sounds.) Also the Mallet KAT midi controller, Steel Pan Drum, percussion, guitar, keys and vocals. He is comfortable in the studio and under TV cameras and has traveled the US, the UK, Mexico, Canada and China performing. Please consider for your next tour or gig. Would Like to find another steady gig. Highlights include; China Tour; 10 concerts, U of Minnesota Wind Ensemble (and percussion) The Anaheim Arena, CA, opening for The Pointer Sisters, The Paul Todd Show Paul is a genius orchestral sounding keyboardist and Strong Singer, many shows 6 annual "We" Festivals, Salt Creek Band, Detroit Lakes, MN, playing for 10's of thousands "We Fest" with Jeanie Marie Baja Blues Fest, El Pescadores, Mexico, Baja Boogie Band, With members of Salt Creek. And 2 weeks at Hotel California Lightning Red, International Blues Artist, out of Austin TX. Texas and US tours Studying With Gary Burton, Berklee School of Music UK Tour, Central Lakes College Concert Band, England and Scotland, tympani on "Star Wars", Xylophone on Copland's "Rodeo" … See More pictures
Bass and Vocals - Darrell Thompson has been actively singing and playing bass guitar in a variety of regional groups since the age of 16. He spent many years playing with the popular Twin Cities band Sunshine World. Stand out lead vocals and harmony have always been an important part of Darrells's performances. … See More pictures
Keys and Vocals - Retired Community College Band director. Founded the instrumental music department at Central lakes College in 1991, retired in 2018. He led three European tours with the CLC Community Band. He conducts the Wadena Area Community Band. He has been a professional musician and performer for 57 years playing from Wisconsin to Montana. He's played the Gull Lake area since 1983 at The Quarterdeck, Bar Harbor, The Gull Lake Yacht Club and Irma's Kitchen on the Cragun's Resort. He lives in Merrifield Mn with his dog,Trek and his step son Darren Bad Heart Bull. … See More pictures
Drums and percussion - Software engineer by day, and sometimes night! Married father of two, grandfather of two. Interests include flying small planes, sailing, robotics and inventing things.
Music background: Played in North Dakota rock groups in the 70’s. Picked up a little country style drumming while playing in J.J. Huhta band. Drummer for contemporary music band at Lord Of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter, MN. Gear: Yamaha & Roland V-drums, Ludwig acoustic with Zildjian cymbals etc...