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Ken Bates

















Pat Kelly        (photograph courtesy of JoAnn Smith Photography)




Tyler Smothers





Graeson Griffin



Ken Bates: Instruction in Guitar, Banjo and Mandolin
Instruments
: Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Keyboards
Played with Paradice (16 years) & Jerry Duncan & Four Wheel Drive (1979 Oklahoma Country Music Association Band of the year)
Ken has also played in Las Vegas and Branson, Mo and toured in New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Nebraska. Working with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Ken created a band at Jess Dunn Correctional Facility. He attended the Armed Forces Music School.  Ken has also recorded two personal albums: one contemporary christian and one instrumental) and has logged numerous hours as a session musician.
Live Rig: American Fender Strat, Fender Acoustic, Fuchs head, 112 cabinets, pedal board with multiple boutique pedals (Ken loves pedals)
Influences: Eric Clapton, BB King, Chet Atkins, James Burton & Albert Lee
Musician I would like to meet: Eric Clapton
Favorite Food: Cajun
Interest other than music: Exotic birds
Home Rig: Yamaha Revstar, Gibson Les Paul standard, Gretsch, 5 Fender strats and 3 Fender telecasters (+ home studio) As a side note, Ken loves all his guitars and he will never admit to a favorite - it wouldn't be fair to the others.
He says he is an equal opportunity guitar player











Pat Kelly: Instruction in drums

Instruments: Drums, Percussion & Guitar
Played with Random, Montage, BDP  and Zeabra
Pat toured with the Army Band in Europe.
Live Rig: Premier drums, Sabian cymbals, and Promark sticks.
Influences: Chicago, Journey, Doobie Brothers. Pat has been influenced by jazz rock and continues to hone his skills playing gigs occasionally (very occasionally).
Musician I would like to meet: Paul McCartney
Favorite Food: Still ribs
Interest other than music
: Family
Home Rig: Premier drums, Sabian cymbals, Promark sticks








Tyler Smothers: Instruction in Drums
Instruments: Drums
Played with Bison Jazz Ensembl and Bison Jazz Orchestra
Live Rig: Gretsch Catalina drums (4 piece),  Zildjan K cymbals and Vic Firth sticks
Influences: Tony Williams, Nate Smith, Max Roach and Clyde Stubblefield
Musician I would like to meet: Miles Davis
Favorite food: Indian
Interest other than music: Cultural studies & Communications
Home Rig:  Percussion Plus, Zildjan K cymbals and Vic Firth sticks









Graeson Griffin: Instruction in Piano/Keyboards
Instruments: Piano (composition)

Plays with Bison Glee Club, Bison Jazz Orchestra,
                 Bison Jazz Student Combo
Graeson is an accomplished pianist and the three time winner of
the Concerto Aria Competition as well as placing 2nd in the OMTA
Collegiate Piano Competition. Graeson's study of piano allowed him
to experience a Master Class with Jose Feghali  the winner of the 1985
Van
Cliburn Competition. Of course, if you are in need of a pianist
(weddings in particular), Graeson is available.
Live Rig:  Haha!!!  Steinway Grand  (of course!)
Influences: Frederic Chopin, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Billy Joel and
                  John Mayer
Musician I would like to meet: Sergei Rachmaninoff
Favorite Food: Mexican casserole
Interests other than music: Martial arts (instructor) Physics major
                  with an emphasis in Astrophysics
Home Rig: Yamaha Baby Grand