Bassist/vocalist Will Prapestis splits his time between the classical and rock worlds, singing and playing in concert halls, churches, pubs, village squares, living rooms and imaginations the world over. Hailing from an obscure town in upstate New York, he honed his abilities with a few of his friends. At age 8, Will began playing double bass in his school's orchestra, and he's happy to still be active in the rock and pop scenes. playing with five separate bands, he performs as a bass guitarist, vocalist and vocal arranger. He fell into the classical world when attending undergrad at Fredonia State, earning a degree in Vocal Performance. a GREAT ADMIRER OF J.S. Bach, wILL moved to Boston in 2010 TO further his musical knowledge and abilities at boston university.
Will's fortunate enough to sing as a soloist and chorister with several highly acclaimed ensembles, including Emmanuel Music, Boston Baroque, Cantata Singers, and Renaissance Men (of which he is a founding member). you may hear that his bass playing style is heavily influenced by Jack Bruce, Paul McCartney, Tiran Porter, Phil Lesh, Chris Squire, John Deacon, and the alpha and omega of bass writing: Johann Sebastian Bach!
lou ransford (drummer/percussionist)
Born in Boston, MA, the youngest of four showed an interest in the drums at the age of five. Ever since he received a miniature drum set from his parents, he was determined to master his craft. At the age of 17, he decided to take music a step further and went to the Rolland Hayes division of music. He studied percussion under Mitch Cohen, whose style was close to Mitch Mitchell of the Jimmy Hendrix Experience. He also studied bass guitar, piano, and learned to read music. He formed a school band of jazz, rock and funk, and they performed at other schools in the Boston area. It was at this time that he formed his own classic rock cover group called the Next, a great experience that lasted for a few years and allowed him to become a better player. He joined local groups in and around Boston and would often sit in for sessions when called upon. This included a chance to play THE TIMPANI IN AN ORCHESTRA AT SYMPHONY HALL.
lou has played in several tribute acts over the years. one of these bands was called yesterday, which wrote some original material. he considers himself to have been LARGELY INFLUENCED BY SUCH DRUMMERS AS RINGO STARR, GENE KRUPA, JOHN BONHAM, GINGER BAKER, AND KEITH MOON. To this day, he is still inspired by other drummers and won’t hesitate to ask how a particular part is played. His love for the instrument motivated him to start fixing and restoring drums for other players as well. He would eventually restore the kit he currently plays and considers it to be his finest work – a 9/70 Green Glass Glitter Ludwig kit (John Bonham style), with all the trimmings.
Scott Tooker (keyboardist/guitarist/vocalist)
Scott is a classically trained pianist who started learning music at age 5. Studying at the Franklin School of Performing Arts (Franklin, MA) and later at the Community Music Center (Boston, MA), he is well-versed in baroque, ragtime, and popular music on the keyboard. He performed numerous times in classical recitals at both schools, including twice as a contestant in the David Lapham Competition. Additionally, Scott has sung since age 16, and was selected for the 2000 Massachusetts Southeast District H.S. Chorus as well as the All-State H.S. Chorus, which performed that year at Symphony Hall in Boston. He is self-taught on guitar and bass.
In college, Scott minored in music and also studied theater. During this time, he participated in a number of vocal groups, including Allegation (an a cappella group that sang modern pop tunes), the Allegheny Chamber Choir, and the Bridgewater State College Chorus. He created several sound designs for dramatic productions at BSC, including Theater on the Edge (a production in 2006 that featured a series of short contemporary plays), Liberators, and Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband. He also acted in various productions, including Big Love in 2005 and The Music Man in 2006.
Some of Scott's favorite artists/influences include Billy Joel, the Beatles, Hollies, Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Beach Boys, Scott Joplin, Claude Debussy, and j.s. bach.