The Band

The Band

  Dave Ward, Bass and Vocals

Musical memories begin with running circles in the living room to Oh Susannah banjo at age 3 . . . Chubby Checker and the Twist at 5 . . . The Beverly Hillbillies at 7 . . . the British Invasion at 8 . . . sneaking the transistor radio to bed at 10 . . . even liking Dad’s Johnny, Merle, and Buck at 14 . . . first guitar, a beat up $20 electric, at 17 . . . first bluegrass festival and band at 33 . . . drafted to play bass at 45 . . . Singing, Always Singing . . . Riding the RHB wave since 2010.

  Rich Schleckser, Guitar and Vocals

Rich has been playing bluegrass in New Hampshire since 1992. Originally from New Jersey, he got turned on to bluegrass after seeing Bill Monroe at Waterloo Village and playing in his first jam that night. Rich has played with several New England bands over the years including Granite Grass and Iron Skillet. In the mid ‘90’s, Rich spent three years in Ireland where he fell in love with the rhythms of Celtic music and immediately saw how they could be applied to bluegrass guitar. Rich also writes songs both on his own and with Rick Lang of Kingston, NH. Rich and Rick have had several songs recorded by artists in New England and Nashville.

  Rick Horton, Mandolin and Vocals

Rick has been playing mandolin with various bluegrass/roots bands and friends throughout New England for over 15 years, most recently with Iron Skillet, Taylor River & American Flyer. With his solid mandolin playing, natural singing style and songwriting ability, he’s a good fit for Reunion Hill. Rick’s musical influences/heroes include: The Byrds, Gram Parsons, Beatles, Tim O’Brien, Bill Monroe, Norman Blake, Tony Rice, Jayhawks and Steve Earle.

  Kevin O’Connor, Banjo

Description: MrBanjo1.JPG (258273 bytes)Kevin’s love of the banjo started at an early age. Through Ross Whittier, Kevin met Don Stover, a legendary Banjo master, who taught Kevin his banjo style. He also brought Kevin along on gigs, were he shared the stage with the likes of Bob French, Joe Val and JD Crowe. Bob, Joe, Don, and Ross actually took Kevin to purchase his first Gibson banjo at the age of twelve. As Kevin grew older, his musical focus shifted to rock, and he spent many years playing lead guitar in a band called Flightline. Then after years away from music he turned his eyes back to his bluegrass roots. He joined The American Flyer Band and played for many years with them. During his revival to bluegrass banjo, he made many friends and always looks forward to a good jam. He currently plays a Jimmy Cox Y2K banjo in Reunion Hill Band.

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A young Kevin on stage with Joe Val