DC Transit

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DC Transit is a powerhouse dance band on the rise in the DC Metro Area. This nine piece band has everything you’ve been looking for: a screamin’ three piece horn section that will keep you yelling for more, a thumpin’ rhythm section that will keep you on the dance floor, and two dynamic and personable lead vocalists who you’ll feel you’ve known forever. DC Transit is the perfect choice for your wedding (ceremony music available, cocktail hour jazz quartet, dinner music available, and dance party) or corporate event. The band’s ever-growing repertoire includes Top-40 hits, Classic Rock, R&B, Funk, Disco, Jazz Standards, Classic Wedding Music, Holiday Favorites, and everything in between. DC T’s instrumentation and versatility is second to none, and allows the band to be flexible and provide accommodations for each individual function.

“Cam, My daughters wedding was Saturday night, April 23. I want to thank you for DC T, for the band that made our day so special. The jazz quartet was on the patio during cocktails, their music was heard over the greens of the course, even the golfers were swinging. Lindsey and Joshua sang during the dinner hour, beautiful soft warm music that was so special. I told them how much we appreciated them being there. Their music, their voices, their love for others and the ability to connect so well with their guests…wow! We had everyone on the dance floor, even our couple of 57 years! It was a special evening and they created the night we had hoped for. I love this band! If they come to the Boston area, I want to go hear them! What a wonderful time for all of us, thank you DC Transit, Lindsey, Joshua, and your team of joyous musicians!”

-Mother of Bride

 

Lindsay Diles

DC T lead vocalist, Lindsay Diles, is certainly no stranger to the stage. Born and raised in Upstate NY, she comes from a traditional Italian family and was raised listening to the sounds of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. She started performing onstage at the age of 4, studying piano and dance and performed in numerous recitals growing up. She fell in love with the stage the minute she stepped in front of an audience. She was hooked immediately…

Once she discovered singing, she started writing music and continued studying music and voice. She eventually developed an interested in theatre and was cast in multiple plays and musical theatre productions. Following this passion lead her to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre, where she was trained in the Sanford Meisner acting technique and received intense vocal training. She has sung the National Anthem at various sporting events and was eventually sought after to sing at larger venues of over 6,000 people.

After relocating to the DC Metro Area, she knew she couldn’t stay away from the stage, so in the search to pursue her dream of singing in a high-energy band, she eventually found DC T and their powerhouse of horns. As soon as she heard their sound, she knew that was what she was looking for musically and has been performing with DC T ever since.

Major influences include (but are certainly not limited to) Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, and Ella Fitzgerald. She continues to write music and enjoys many genres from Motown, classic rock, R&B, and big band sounds, and was recently a contestant on American Idol.

From center stage, with her sultry voice, to doubling of the keys, she brings high energy to DC T.

 

Joshua Alfred

Joshua Alfred started singing at a young age in his hometown church in Louisiana. He cites his mother Alice Alfred, a great gospel singer, as the one person who helped cultivate his love for music.

At the age of 10 Joshua started a rap/singing group with three of his cousins called JTSP. After High School, Joshua enrolled in Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge and majored in Computer Science. While attending school he continued to follow his passion for music and made his first demo recording called “Marvelous” in a friend’s home studio. It was a small start that would open more doors later.

Graduating college in 2007, Joshua moved to the D.C. area and immediately began to pursue his music. He released his first gospel track, “Fighting with My Praise“, in 2009 and in 2010 he was nominated for 3 Verizon How Sweet the Sound Rhythm of Gospel Awards. In addition to singing with DC T, Joshua serves as one of the praise and worship leaders at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Herndon, Virginia.

 

Mike Marolda

Highly trained in jazz music, Mike Marolda is also fluent in classical, rock, funk, r&b, and anything else that swings. He is a fan of GOOD music, no matter what the style.

Mike received a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Minor in Jazz Studies at George Mason University. He received an Associates degree from Northern Virginia Community College. He studied at the University of North Texas, and the Hartt School of Music where he played lead tenor in their top jazz ensembles. Mike has also studied with Yusef Lateef, Billy Taylor, Steve Johns, Chip Jackson, James Cotton, Saul Miller, Dennis Brown, Bill Jacoby, Steve Jones, Jim Carroll, Wade Beach. He has performed with Steve Johns, Dennis Brown, Jim Carroll, Wade Beach, Winard Harper, Benito Gonzalez, Chris Funn, Glen Dewey, Antonio Parker, The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, the 5:00 Lab Band at the University of North Texas, Prince William All-Star Jazz Band, the Hartt School of Music Jazz Band, as well as others.

Mike is a free-lance musician in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. He plays for all occasions and does so with all of his heart. He teaches saxophone, and clarinet.

 

Cam Towner

Born in Arizona, moved to North Dakota, grew up in Illinois and then joined the Navy, Cam has been playing since the late seventies.

After performing with the Rock Valley College Jazz Ensemble in 1981, he joined the Navy and for 22 years played with bands all around the world performing many genres including Classic Rock, Country, Big Band and Contemporary Christian. He can remember standing on the back of the USS CURTS (FFG 38) in Kuwait holding a reception for the U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait with the ship’s band, “GAG A GOAT” in 1989, the just before Desert Storm conflict.

Most recently he played with His Glory Ministries in Northern Virginia writing and recording two CDs. He served as the Director of Music at the Manassas Worship Center from 2005-2010. Cam retired from Active Duty as a Master Chief Yeoman, has a Bachelor of Science from American Military University and is pursuing his Masters degree at American Graduate University. He is married to Madam Hoo Ping from Malaysia and they have three children all residing in Virginia.

 

Marty Risemberg

Born in Leesburg Virginia to Lisa Weiner & Albert (also known as “Al”) Risemberg. Attended Loudoun County High School studying under Kurt Duer (U.S. Navy Band). Started George Mason as a classical percussion major under John Kilkenny and Ken Harbison and after one year switched to Jazz Studies Major under Harold Summey and later Joe McCarthy.

Marty also gigs with Mike Marolda’s Jazz Faction all around Northern Virginia.

Influenced by Max Roach, Nate Smith, Art Blakey, Charlie Parker.

 

James Covington

James Covington, is a multifaceted young musician who is comfortable playing in many styles ranging from classical to jazz, salsa to contemporary. His performances have carried him across the country and to Lincoln Center, as well as across the ocean to Ireland. James has played with and/or subbed in many different groups and organizations including: Orqesta La Leyenda and the Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra in D.C.; The Red Satin Band, West Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and The Connecticut Hurricanes Drum and Bugle Corps in CT; El Rumbon Salsa Band, the Melodramatics Theater Company, the Cornell Symphony Orchestra, and the OXtet (with whom he recorded a CD) in NY; East Coast Jazz Drum and Bugle Corps in MA; Busch Gardens Europe in VA. James is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance at the University of Maryland studying with Chris Gekker and playing lead trumpet in the Jazz Ensemble directed by Chris Vadala.

He completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Ithaca College in 2009, where he studied primarily with Frank Gabriel Campos and had additional studies with John Charles Thomas. While at Ithaca, James had the honor of sharing the stage with Walter White, Giacomo Gates, Rick Hirsch, Alex Meixner, Rick Henly, Chris Persad, Bill Dobbins, and Michael Davis.

 

Brendan Muse

Brendan Muse was born in Philadelphia. He first heard the baritone sax being played by a fellow student at beginning summer band camp, and even then he knew that he had to play it.

Brendan went to college at Loyola University in New Orleans, where he played the baritone sax in combos, concert bands and jazz bands. The Loyola jazz band, while he was with it, won the best jazz ensemble award at the North Texas Jazz Festival and played at the New Orleans Jazz Fest twice. He also toured the southeast with the ska band Angry Banana.

Among his influences are such diverse elements as Gerry Mulligan, Bach, Astor Piazzolla, Arnold Schoenberg and Sahib Shihab.

 

Robbie Taylor

Robbie Taylor was born and raised in Great Falls, VA, where he currently resides. After receiving his Bachelors Degree of Music (Cum Laude) in Jazz Guitar Studies from Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, Robbie started his own music teaching studio. In addition to a full teaching schedule, Robbie sings and plays guitar, keyboard, and bass for a variety of bands including The DC T, Salamander Grove, Metallifun, Amphibious Apes, and his solo act, Uncle Robbie.

Though adept in a wide variety of music, Robbie has a specialty in the more rock oriented progressive side of music, taking his influences from Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Yes, Captain Beefheart, The Beatles, Cream, and John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra. All in all, Robbie Taylor loves being wacky and playing smart music!

 

Eric Shaw

Eric Shaw’s first gig, at the age of 11, was singing Zeppelin in 1973. A year later, he acquired a Farfisa organ, and began emulating the great keyboardists of the time: Rick Wakeman, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Chuck Levell, Gregg Allman, and Chick Corea. He worked for NASA after he got some engineering degrees, but that wasn’t as much fun as you might imagine… but he never stopped playing and singing. Now Eric pays the bills at the FAA–which is pretty cool–and plays only the best music. Which is why he loves The DC T Band!!

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