Adam Watts - BariSax, AltoSax, Trumpet, French Horn
Loves playing music. More info to follow
Wally Kissel - Keys & computers
Keyboard lessons didn't really inspire adolescent Wally.
Sometime around high school he started to mess with sound modification and tape recording techniques.
Tape delay, echo, flanging & phasing gave a whole new inspiration to music.
Physics & synthesizer labs in college founded new excitement to 'Rock & Roll' yet the Hammond/Leslie sound returned as his favorite.
Today Wally enjoys playing classic rock, funk, blues and such, using vintage sounds with modern equipment.
Playing with the 'Plant Band', it's roots and other local bands has been and continues to be rewarding.
But playing live, for the band's fans, is a kick that has to be experienced to totally appreciate!
From classical orchestration to yummy Hammond overdrive.
Ready to Rock!!! \m/(>.<)\m/
Kevin Summers - Bass, guitar, vocals
Born on the west side of Chicago where the cold wind
blows and the Blues are Real! Kevin's early life was
immersed in Swing, Soul, Blues and early Rock & Roll.
Performing Rock in a time before it was deemed 'Classic',
Kevin toured the Midwest spreading the gospel of foot
stompin' music and luscious grooves. His 'in Pocket' style
and tasteful bass lines bring you back to a time of
dancing and 'stepping out'. Kevin's 'on stage presence'
keeps the fans smiling. ;-)
Mark Schmitz - Percussion, vocals
Mark grew-up in Cloverdale Illinois where he was influenced by a childhood friend who was an accomplished drummer.
He became interested in drums and started taking lessons at age 13 from a Chicago area jazz drummer.
Years later Mark became friends with members of 'The Plant Brothers Band' (on hiatus).
After several jam sessions, it was clear that the chemistry was right to form a new band.
His clock steady timing and attention to detail keeps the fans dancin'!
Mark is looking forward to bringing great music and fun times to fans with 'The Plant Band'.
Derek Plant - Guitar, harp, vocals
Music has been a part of Derek's life from early childhood. His parents
bought a Wurlitzer spinet organ back in the 70's, and encouraged all the
Plant brothers to play. His Mom and Dad were always playing great stuff
on the Reel to Reel or on vinyl. Anything from Ramsey Lewis, to Del
Shannon, Beach Boys, Booker T. and the MGs, Gershwin. He started
'jamming' with his brothers when he began learning guitar and singing in
his teens. He enjoys playing solo acoustic gigs, but there is really
something special about having a 4 or 5 plus piece band. Especially if
there are keys involved. In 1999 he started playing solo acoustic shows in
the Fox Valley area. Then it was a duo with his brother Daren. Later on,
add keys, drums, and bass. Wally, Mark, Kevin and Derek are excited to
welcome Charlie on board and are looking forward to playing some
festivals this summer. As a 'musician' Derek really has no illusions about
his music endeavors. He has a great day job and really loves performing
for folks looking for a great time. Especially outdoor festivals. He takes
pride in having an arrangement that is flexible. Derek: "We can cover a lot
of ground in one performance. It's always a kick out of getting that look
from the audience, "Did they really just pull off a transition from
Radiohead to Sinatra?" Yep. Sure did. There is something about live
performance that is very gratifying when you realize, you are a vehicle for
the enjoyment of others.
Timothy Falls - AltoSax, TenorSax
Tim's musical journey began at the age of 11 when
his parents bought him his first saxophone. Growing
up in Brookfield, Wisconsin, Tim played in various
concert bands and jazz ensembles, winning music
awards throughout high school. Over the years, Tim
has played in numerous classic rock, Motown, blues,
and jazz bands throughout the Chicago area, playing
alto, tenor, and soprano sax, and flute. Today, Tim is
thrilled to be playing with the Plant Band and being
able to bring their flavor of horn-infused classic rock
to the western suburbs.
Jim Matheson - Lead Guitar and vocals.
Eric Archer - Bari-Sax and percussion.
Nathan Pritt - Trumpet