Band members

Dave Coonrod

Dave is a veteran of the Northwest Ohio music scene in performing, recording, writing, and teaching guitar and bass guitar. You have seen Dave on stage playing the bass guitar and singing in numerous bands over the years.

Dave has numerous collaborations in song-writing and recording with his primary focus being performing and teaching. He is a graduate of Defiance College where he also taught for 20 years. He is a founding member of "Siberian Solstice” and sings in the St. Paul Lutheran church choir. He and his wife, Fran, live in Defiance.

Having been associated with many fine musicians in the past has been a privilege he respects. But the current project with "Siberian Solstice" has turned out to be one of his most exciting musical experiences yet. Thanks to "Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s" musical influence and universal appeal, and with the talent and dedication of the members of "Siberian Solstice" in respecting the style of TSO’s vision, this project has been enduring and fulfilling for everyone involved; especially the audience.

Dave Deal

David lives in Ohio where he is a practicing Psychologist . His favorite instruments are his array of keyboards, however he also enjoys playing acoustic guitar. He has played in various groups and venues, covering a range of music from folk, classic rock, contemporary Christian to Pink Floyd .

David has released two CD’s, “Harmonic Space” and “Transformations”. “Harmonic Space” is a clinically based CD which aids people in coping with anxiety and sleep disorders. “Transformations” is a concept album which is both a spiritual autobiography and hopefully, a spiritual vessel. The music off of “Transformations” benefited from contributions from many musicians including extensive work by Siberian Solstice members, David Coonrod and Kevin Peters. The songs from “Transformations” have deep, emotional and spiritual intent. David continues to write, record, produce and collaborate on original music. Various examples of these original recordings may be heard on his personal music website, . “Transformations” can be purchased directly off of that site or through CD Baby, Amazon etc.

David's musical styles are said to range from those of progressive rock bands such as YES and Pink Floyd to Broadway musicals such as those by Andrew Lloyd Weber. He often adds a little bit of Folk, Jazz and Classical flavoring.

A Word from David: I have been blessed with many artistic and musical friends who have offered their talents to my recordings. Some of the musicians who played on the web posted songs include Les Brooke, Tom Hannah, Tim Vargo, Andrew Vargo, Cynthia Lugo, Andrea Bok, David Coonrod, Ned Clark, Kevin Peters, Kristin Sorensen, William O’Connell, Ked Deiter, Mack Sanders, Rob Hanlon, Richard Gonzales, Michael Duryee, Nigel Potter, Joseph Rodriguez, Carol Sue Kirkpatrick, Bill Smith, “Buddrumming”, Rasmuth, “True Vulgarian”, Chris Georgiou, “Kitman”,”EBS”, “Cooter”, “Dazed”, Phillip E Bailey, Piyali, Bobby Moore and “Jolee”. I want to extend special thanks to Arthur Kills Straight Putnam who wrote and recorded all of the native flute parts which follow each song in “Transformations”.

Chuck Mauk

Chuck Mauk has spent his life playing drums. He’s recorded in studios from New York to Los Angeles. He’s performed in clubs, theaters and arenas all over the United States and Europe. Chuck’s drumming also can be heard on TV (Sons of Anarchy, Empire, Law and Order, American Idol, etc.), along with many different television and internet advertisements and commercials. Chuck’s playing can also be heard on various big screen movies and television documentaries. Chuck is the owner of Happy Hands Recording Studio where he is either drumming, engineering, mixing or producing projects. Chuck has sat behind countless singers and guitar players, but has been in charge of every measure performed and recorded. His career illustrates an important point about popular music: whether it is big fat hard rock, slim Americana, Country; big measures matter. Musicians who understand that call on Chuck. Chuck recently completed a tour with Nashville’s HuDost and England’s Marty Willson-Piper. The Fall of 2016 will bring both artists to the Happy Hands Club Recording Studio where Chuck will be drumming, engineering a co-producing these projects. Chuck is endorsed by Sabian cymbals, Stone Custom Drums, Los Cabos Drumsticks, and The Kelly Shu.

Marie Moore

Marie Moore taught general music and beginning band for 28 years for Wayne Trace Local Schools, receiving teacher of the year twice during her tenure at Payne Elementary. She studied the organ with Vernon Wolcott and Carolyn Small, and then played the organ for 20 years at Grace Episcopal Church in Defiance. Marie also taught piano lessons in the Defiance area before teaching in public schools and accompanied many students in musicals and solo and ensemble contests. She is now retired from teaching and enjoys performing with Siberian Solstice.

Jamie Blank

Originally from Toledo and growing up in Wauseon Ohio, early in his media career Jamie was a member of a television production crew that traveled with the Ohio State Buckeyes before ESPN went on the air. He was the first TV director and Station manager at WHS-TV5. He has been an on air radio personality at 4 different radio stations in Ohio and Michigan.His voice has been used in many national radio and TV commercials while working for a Dayton area advertising agency. Today he is still and independent producer of documentaries, business training videos, and still volunteers as a director/producer at his communities public access TV station. He married a music teacher 36 years ago,of whom he met on a blind date during the "Blizzard of 78" while being snowed in for a week at a Michigan radio station. His wife Susi and he have two grown children that are in the music industry today. He still enjoys being a scripture reader-lector at his church, a calling he first felt at the age of 16 years old. Something you might not know about Jamie is that he has been a Certified Scuba instructor since 1992 and traveled to many exoitc diving locations. ( It's Ironic the only place we can shut him up for an hour is underwater! )

Mary Jackson

Mary has had a love of music for as long as she can remember. As a preschooler you could find her listening to the choir at church or standing in front of a mirror singing. Often she would try to mimic the adult singers. She started to play piano at age 3 and performed a pipe organ solo to the congregation at age 6.

At the age of seven, after getting to strum her pastors’ banjo, she begged her grandfather to get her a banjo. So her grandpa took her to the local music store and they talked her into a guitar instead. As a youngster she could often be found playing guitar around a roaring campfire at Happy Hollow Campground on Coldwater Lake.

Over the growing-up years she continued as a solo and group performer. She took on leadership rolls, directing & accompanying children’s and youth groups. At The Defiance College and Bowling Green State University she furthered her musical experience. She again took this opportunity to lead a swing choir and an award-winning jazz band. Mary has played many instruments including: guitar, piano, organ, bass guitar, string bass, trumpet, soprano saxophone and accordion.

As an adult she continued to play many different musical genres including Classical, German, Rock, Country, Jazz, Scat, Pop and Folk. Mary has toured with national acts including Pete Schlegel, Daryle Singletary, Jeff Carson, and Brooks Atwood. She has played across the country at many fairs, rodeos, and music venues.

In addition, Mary has had the opportunity to record in Nashville as a backup singer and has appeared in several music videos that played nationally. It has been her pleasure to open for national acts such as Charlie Daniels, David Lee Murphy, Rebecca Lynn Howard, and Buddy Jewell. Mary looks forward to making beautiful music with all the people around her at each new endeavor.

Garnet McGladdery
Guitar / Vocals

Garnet was born in Detroit, MI and at a young age you would find him listening to Ted Nugent’s first band the Amboy Dukes who would rehearse just down the street from where he grew up. He was inspired and wanted to be like Ted so he begged his Mom to help him get his first Gibson and he was on his way.

The family moved to Defiance, OH when Garnet was a freshman in high school. He played with some local musicians and finally landed in a band from Ayersville, OH called The Other Half. Garnet was one of the driving forces in the band from 1969 – 2000. The Other Half toured as a horn band with Garnet on lead guitar from 1971 – 1974. The band regrouped in 1976 and cut the “Smut” album in 1979 which achieved national success. Garnet and Smirth won numerous awards for Smut and The Punk Polka which was used in TV syndication. They also got a lot of FM airplay which peaked the interest of some music business people in Los Angeles. So Garnet and The Other Half moved to L.A. in 1985.

They played every venue. The Whiskey, Roxy, Madame Wongs, The FM Station etc. Performed for all the record companies but it just didn’t pan out. So some of the members returned to Ohio and Garnet stayed on with the rest of the band where he became the lead singer of a heavy rock version of The Other Half. During this time Garnet also spends 11 years in production work alongside some of the top R&R sound engineers in the world. He also trained in corporate video, lighting edit and design.

In 1996 Garnet and Jim Horetski with 2 former members of Crazy Horse start an Eagles clone band. Garnet covers the Joe Walsh stuff and the piano work in this project. The band to this day is still one of the top Eagle attractions in the country. Garnet leaves The Long Run in the year 2000 and comes back home to Defiance, OH.

He joins up with local favorite Wally and the Beavs as the bass player. He plays for 2 years with them and then joins forces with Pete Schlegel and the Trusouth Band as the bass player, band director and production coordinator. In this project Garnet was able to put most of his talents to use. In 2004 he directed and co-edited the hit video “It Takes A Whole Lotta Liquor To Like Her”. The video played in the top ten on GAC, CMT and VH1 Country for 3-6 months. He then tours as the band director and bass player for Daryle Singletary, Jeff Carson and Pete Schlegel from 2006 – 2009 touring fairs and venues throughout the U.S.

Garnet leaves the band in 2009 and spends the next 3 years recording regional Rap artists at his private studio.

Garnet has now joined up with Siberian Solstice and is looking forward to performing the Trans- Siberian Orchestra music as a lead guitar player and lead vocalist.

Kevin Peters

Hailing from Bryan, Ohio, Kevin delivers expressive and fluid lines with his unique two-handed tapping approach to the guitar. Kevin has been studying guitar for 30 years with the last 19 years focusing almost exclusively to the two-handed technique.

Among Kevin's other hobbies are dabbling in 3D modeling/animation and photography.

Kevin on the web: Kevin's YouTube channel

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