About Us

Willie “Mac” McElroy – keyboards, vocals:
Mac is a retired school principal with over 30 years of musical experience. He has performed with artists David Ruffin, Millie Jackson, The Commodores, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass and many other renowned musicians. He also served as a jingle writer for Sound Trax Recording Studios in North Carolina, and has written over two hundred compositions for voice, jazz bands, marching bands, musical plays and solo instruments.

“CJ” Lucas – drums:
CJ is a retired Chief Yeoman (Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist) in the United States Navy, with a 35 year background in music.  Born and raised in the Great State of Kansas, he has performed in various musical genres to include:  gospel, concert hall, marching, jazz, and rhythm & blues bands.  He has answered the call whenever or wherever there is a need for striking, scratching, and/or shaking a percussion instrument.  The last 27 years have been spent sailing the Pacific and performing as a freelance drummer throughout the western hemisphere.

Dave Spiegelthal – saxophones:
Dave has been a freelance saxophonist in the DC area since dinosaurs roamed the earth. While still performing classically on bass clarinet, he has played all the saxophones (though mostly tenor and baritone) in just about every sort of group in town – jazz combos and big bands, theater pits and swing bands, rock/soul/R&B bands, and even symphony orchestras. Upon realizing that musicians needed a day gig to pay the bills, he considered burger-flipping or aerospace engineering, settling on the latter.

Greg Gaines – guitar, vocals:
Greg is a former marine biologist and retired U. S. Government employee with over 45 years of musical experience.  He first picked up the guitar at age 15 to impress girls and later studied studio guitar at USC in Los Angeles with Lee Ritenour.  He has written music for the theater as well as for his many bands over the years.  Since 1986, he has performed alternately in the Washington area and in Europe.
 
Linny "Bootzee" Burton – bass:
Born in Richmond, VA, Lin was introduced to music at an early age by his parents and cousins. While in the 7th grade, Lin began playing the tuba in high school marching and concert bands and continued playing through college. Lin started playing bass at age 12, upon realizing its appeal and captivating rhythms.  Lin has done studio work and has played in numerous R&B, jazz and gospel bands in Richmond and Maryland. Inspired by the call to "Make it Funky!", Lin enjoys contributing bottom groves that keep folk moving, whatever the song or genre. Lin is also a Federal Police Officer and a proud husband, father and grandfather.