Eddie Becker - Guitar
Eddie Becker has
been playing in the Washington Metropolitan area since the
mid-sixties. Since this time Eddie played extensively in the
Washington D.C. club scene during the including the Hayloft Lounge,
Rocket Room, Bennie's Rebel Room, Rabbit's Foot, Grog &
Tankard, Apple Pie and many other then-famous D.C. night
During this period, Eddie played with a number
of horn-based soul groups including the The Spades and Rainbows, The
Midnighters and Gerome and the Good Knights. He also played in
a rock band with local rock/blues veterans Steve Smith and Wade
Mathews before leaving for Texas.
Oscar "OZ" Smith
Clarence “Oscar Oz” Smith is a native of
D.C. Mr. Smith studied at Jarvis Christian College located in Hawkins, Texas
before returning to the Washington area. Oz is a musician, singer and
song writer and a former member of the Experience
Unlimited and Trouble Funk go-go
Oz is currently lead singer and percussionist for the Eddie Becker Blues Band and
also performs with Prime Time. Oz has performed with Eddie
in the Oz Revue playing
in numerous clubs in Montgomery County MD. Oz has performed at local
clubs, weddings, private parties and corporate functions throughout
the East Coast for over 40 years.
Oz has been involved in stage productions and was the musical
director and performer in the 1958 production of “The Escape”. This production was
presented by The Georgetown
Theatre Company. Other theatre productions that Oz has been
associated with include “In
the Spirit”, “The
Razzmatazz Variety Show”, and “The Field Day One Man
Oz performed in “Brer Rabbit” for the Imagination Stage
located in Bethesda, MD. Oz has also served as the musical
director of church choirs all over the Washington, D.C. area
performing at their special events.
Waverly Milor -
Vocals & Harmonica
Waverly Milor has been singing since he could talk and
playing harmonica for about 8 years. He can be seen around the DC
area fronting the ACME Blues Company, sitting in playing harp for
Blues On Board, singer/songwriters David Morreale, Michelle Swan and
others. You can also find him at nearly every DC Blues Society
event. Wave is an admitted blues jam junkie and has played in
such places as North Carolina, Tennessee, Oregon, and Copenhagen,
Denmark. In October 2005, Wave had the great honor to perform
with Richard Johnston and John-Alex Mason at the 25th Annual King
Biscuit Blues Festival in West Helena, Arkansas.
Sam Goodall - Bass
Sam is one of the hardest working musicians playing the
Washington, DC music scene. In addition to playing with the Eddie
Becker Band, Sam plays with the Melanie Mason
band and Honky
Tonk Confidential - often
featuring Bob Schiefer of CBS News, Face the Nation. Sam's
versatility and exceptional chops have provided the opportunity to
play on stages like the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
and Washington, DC's Blues Alley.
Tom "Hamfat" Cox - Bass
Thomas Cox, bassist, plays mostly on the
east coast, where he is is known in many blues clubs and
watering holes as "Hamfat." For years, he
played Baltimore's infamous Block at night, and performed
in church and gospel choirs during the day. A
strong proponent of the Bert
Kaempfert school of bass playing, Hamfat studied under the
guidance of Jumpin' Jim Doherty. He
later formed partnerships with Leo Kite and the late
Harvey Lipps to create the little known but influential "Silver
Spring Sound," which gained popularity in radio advertising
during the mid 1970's.
Scot Lienke - Drums
Scot grew up in Columbus, a small town outside of the hotbed of
Wisconsin. He learned to play the drums
through the public school system and was playing in Madison area
clubs at 16.
At 18 Scot moved to Chicago where
he played in several rock bands and quickly became friends with, was
taught by and later played in bands with, the same musicians who
regularly back some of the best Blues bands in the world - Lonnie Brooks,
Elvin Bishop, Byther Smith, the late Paul Butterfield, the late Son Seals and others.
In 1986 Scot moved to the Washington, DC area where he has since played
regularly with rock, blues, soul, country and contemporary
Christian worship bands throughout the area. Scot has
played drums for Eddie Becker since his arrival to the DC area in
Most memorable performances include opening for The Little River
Band, Johnny Winter and playing a side stage at the
McIntyre/Brooks & Dunn concert.
Tony Bardo - Vocals &
finds the funk and R&B sounds of the Eddie Becker Blues
Band a fun change from his roots as a classic rock and acoustic
musician. Tony has played in bands since the 8th grade ranging
from Top 40 rock to folk, to horns and back to classic rock in his
over 40 years in music.
include warm up acts for the Charlie Byrd Trio and Goose Creek
Symphony with his acoustic trio, Greely Vic & Louis, and
playing at both the House of Blues in New
Orleans and the Hard Rock Live in Orlando with his classic rock
band, the Fabulous Dialtones.
like to thank his mother for forcing him to practice his piano at a
young age, when he would have rather been kicking a soccer ball, and
his many friends who helped him learn to play the guitar once he
discovered that guitar players got all the girls.
The Beltway Horns
Dr. Gil Wilshire
Gil Wilshire divides his time between music, family raising,
doctoring, and business development. Although he is a
professional musician at heart, he is also a pragmatist who likes to
be able to pay his bills while investing in new trumpets.
Gil has played the trumpet and related brass instruments for
over 35 years. He has studied with such trumpet luminaries as
Leonard Goines, Vaughn Nark, Chuck Ohman, and John
Blount. In college he had the opportunities to play with
trumpet legends such as Woody Shaw and Ted Curson.
played along in his basement with recordings of influential bands
from leaders such as Maynard Ferguson, Freddie Hubbard, "Hannibal"
Marvin Peterson, Earth Wind & Fire, and Chick Corea. His most
prize possession is a trumpet mute signed by Arturo Sandoval, Doc
Severinsen, Wynton Marsalis, Maynard Ferguson, Vaughn Nark, and
recently moved his family to Missouri to further his day-job
profession as a Doctor. Gil intends to maintain his connection to
the band. We look forward to the day when he is back up on stage
with us giving it his all - as he always does!
Tim Havrilla - Trumpet
As of today
Tim is the newest member of the band - and we are
fortunate to have him.
graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1985. Upon
graduation Tim enlisted in the U.S. Army where he played trumpet in
his fight for good music. Tim was stationed in the Washington, DC
area throughout his Army career - retiring in 2005. Tim is a
family man with his own army of children. At present Tim
teaches, plays in several DC area bands as well as being on-call to
fill in as a sub for too many bands to mention.
Brian Priebe - Trombone
Trombonist Brian Priebe recently returned from his third
national engagement with the String of Pearls Orchestra's "In the Mood Live"
tour. As a freelance trombonist he has appeared with such luminaries
Francis, Doc Severinsen, Franki Vali, Della
Reese, Carole Channing, Louis Bellson, Clark Terry, and
The Moody Blues. Before moving to the Washington,
DC area, he worked for 8 years with the Utah Chamber Orchestra and
taught music at Westminster College of Salt Lake City. The sound of
his horn can be heard on numerous movie and TV soundtracks and
Brian is currently working as a freelance trombonist in the
Washington/Baltimore area playing styles ranging from dixieland jazz
to disco and R&B to classical and chamber music. Recently,
he recorded the radio theme song to National Public Radio's news
Read about Brian's
triumph at the alphorn contest at the International Alphorn Festival
Richard "HOLLYWOOD" Thompson - Tenor Saxophone
Hollywood began his musical
journey in 1964 playing the clarinet. After 10 years of practicing
and playing the clarinet Hollywood went over to the saxophone.
Hollywood is now celebrating his 40th year in music now and has
played with many distinguished musicians in the Navy Band and the
Washington, D.C. area.
Hollywood has focused on the tenor saxophone as this the most
widely used horn in all of contemporary music as crosses many genres
including jazz, funk, R&B, country, and rock 'n' roll.
Hollywood uses a Selmer Mark VI, made in 1972.
Hollywood today is celebrating his 31st year of
professionally playing. He is still learning jazz which
he considers is a never-ending science because there's always a new
dimension of it coming out. Hollywood knows that you've
got to be on your toes playing jazz and with the friends of Eddie
Mack - Bari Saxophone
Mack has been playing saxophone for over 25 years. He studied
music at Indiana University of PA, the New School in New York City
and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester.
plays Alto, Tenor and Bari and can plays both classical and
jazz. Dan has played with a variety of local groups in the
Washington D.C. area through the last 6 years. Dan presently
is a part of the Beltway Horns which he plays Baritone and Alto
musical influence includes Tower of Power, James Brown, Jackie
Mclean, Paul Desmond, and Grover Washington Jr.