John was born and raised in Lynchburg, Virginia. Growing up in a household full of music he started playing guitar at the age of 13. When his father took him to see Ray Charles, James Brown and George Jones he knew he wanted to be a bassist.
In addition to playing bass he is a talented singer and was selected to sing with The Virginia State Chorale at The National Cathedral in Washington DC during High School.
Since then he has played in various Central Virginia and Roanoke based bands most recently The Kings, Leggz, Gasoline Alley and Fuzzy Logic and has done fill in recordings with numerous artists.
Influences include but are not limited to The Beatles, James Jamerson, Jaco Pastorius, Stevie Wonder, Prince and Led Zeppelin.
John lives in Forest, Virginia and when not gigging you can find him in the gym. “Like music, fitness is a way of life for me. Aside from my faith and family playing great music with great musicians for amazing fans and staying physically fit is what keeps me going… and the groove, I’m all about the groove, that really is the key to life.”
Ivan Stevan was born and raised in the Roanoke Valley of Virginia. He comes from a musical family originally of Ukraine. Following his brother (Russell) started playing keyboards in nightclubs at the age of 13. Steve loves funk and was heavily Influenced by groups like Tower of Power, Mothers Finest and Steely Dan. " I like any kind of music that is well written and performed with the desire that got me into music in the first place".
He left Roanoke in 1979 and performed in 37 states over a period of 12 years. He has performed with Percy Sledge and opened for Tina Turner, Steppenwolf, Jefferson Starship and Keith Urban to name a few. Steve moved back to Roanoke in 1989 and founded the Worx. In 1990,
Steve is a member of the I.A.T.S.E. local 55 as a Rigger, lighting and sound tech. "It's good to know the technical side of a concert as it helps to sharpen our own shows and have great communication skills with crews anywhere.
Steve is a Gemini and has too many hobbies. He loves to play sports, restore sports cars, an inventor of sorts and can build just about anything. "It’s almost a curse because I never seem to have enough time to do everything I dream up!"
"Since the age of 7 or 8, Music was my first desire and I consider myself very fortunate to have lived my dream for 44 some odd years, being self employed and getting paid to do something I so love to do."
Steve's motto is "Cherish your Maker, family, friends and fans! Live and enjoy everyday like it's your last and respect our planet, It's all we have!"
Jerry was born '69 and raised in a large musical family in Floyd Co., VA. Though a late bloomer on the guitar starting at the age of 17, he has been singing since he could talk. Jerry has performed all types of music in many different settings and venues.
From being the featured tenor soloist in Handel's "Messiah" while attended Radford University to entertaining many at his solo acoustic shows to rocking literally thousands in The Worx.
There are too many groups to mention, jazz and gospel quartets to bluegrass and honky tonks in his first band Southern Breeze. Jerry has been playing full time since 1999 and loves to entertain. " I am the luckiest man I know. I get to do what I love for a living and love the fans I play for. I'll do everything I can, legally, to make sure we all have a good time."
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Dave was born and raised in a small town called Boones Mill in Franklin County Va. and now resides at Smith Mountain Lake. Dave grew up in a family of musician’s, “Mom played the piano, My brother, the drums, guitar and bass, and my sister the piano and saxophone, dad was pretty good at playing the radio..” “I’ve been playing since I was 5 years old. I remember watching my brother Tim play and then when he was finished, I’d jump on the drums and just play for hours.” Dave played all through school, in concert band, marching band, jazz band and stage band. He started playing out when he was around 14. “I remember mom taking me to gigs and then picking me up when we we’re finished.”
Dave has played in many bands throughout the years including: Southern Rampage, Broken Reins, Bad Dog, Super Hold, Bad Casper and Side Show. Music has always been his passion and his influences include: Dave Weckl, Carter Beauford, Buddy Rich, Neil Pert, Mike Portnoy, and Terry Bozzio just to name a few.
“Music can change the world, because it changes people.” –Bono
Tom is originally from Richmond, Virginia, but grew up in the small town of Amherst, where music became his focus at around age 14. Tom laughs and recalls, "I remember my dad driving us to gigs in the family's florist van, because none of us were old enough to drive, yet!"Tom continued his pursuit of music as he grew up in Central Virginia, playing in various local bands. He moved to Richmond in 1984 to join the Robbin Thompson Band, where he spent 3 years before moving to Nashville, Tennessee. In Nashville, Tom predominantly did session and live work with Phil Vassar, who also hails from the Central Virginia area. He returned to the Lynchburg area in the mid 1990's, and has lived in that area since.
As Tom recalls his musical direction over the years, he remembers, "I've always been blessed to be surrounded by so many great players and singers who had so much more experience. I have learned most of what I know from the time spent with all those great friends and musicians along the way, who were always willing to share their knowledge and friendship with me. "
Tom and his family live near Lynchburg, VA, and he enjoys time with his wife, 2 daughters and family and friends when not gigging. If there is one main aspect of playing music that makes all the craziness worthwhile, Tom feels it's this; "Playing music is a wonderful thing. It can bring people together who would never have anything at all in common. Music is just plain good for the soul.... "
Following in his brother’s footsteps, Jeff started playing trumpet at the age of 8. In his mid teens he was playing gigs at local nightclubs in a group that also included Steve Prusak.
After majoring in music, Jeff was selected to perform with “Up With People” which toured the US and included such performances as the 76’ Superbowl halftime show. At this time Jeff got involved with the production end of the business and continued touring with regional groups and doing live production for recording artist through out the 70s.
Through the 80’s and 90’s he mixed for many artists, completed many training courses in Pro Audio, and designed countless sound systems while keeping his day job at Stage Sound Inc. where he is now GM/Vice President of Sales.
Jeff stopped mixing bands for a while and thought those days were behind him until he was offered a job with The Worx. "I've really enjoyed working the group. Great musicians and just plain good guys"