Our experience has told us one thing. No matter what the event is we always deliver... your guest will be raving about your party for years to come!
Bobby Jones is our lead male vocalist ,rhythm guitar , percussion and harmonica player. Bobby sings many diverse styles which include Gospel, Soul, Blues, R&B, Funk, Motown, Rock, and Big Band. He has 38 years of experience singing in various acts that have performed in Churches, Weddings, Clubs and Concerts. Bobbie's loves are his family, entertaining the masses and singing from his heart.
Jamie has been a vocal student of many professional teachers over the past ten years. The crowd reaction she gets when singing is.... Hey did that sweet little girl just belt that song out or what? Jamie's dynamic and soulful voice provides powerful emotion to our music. In her spare time she writes and records her own songs. She also organized a concert to raise funds of over $7,000 for a local charity.
Harry is our sax player and brings a depth of experience and styles to the GP sound. He's been been living the musical dream 35+ years and highlights of that tour include a stint with the Ellington Orchestra and with 'War' in Tokyo. Harry's philosophy is to experience life from many angles. Perspective (1) career actuary (math geek), perspective (2) the family guy (3) the wicked sax man of Groove Place.
Dave Orehowsky's trumpet playing has been heard in society bands, major Broadway Show tours in Philadelphia including Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera, for PA Lottery recording jingles, in the Jonathan Deme movie Beloved, and in venues throughout the tri-state area for the likes of Mel Torme and Lionel Hampton. In addition to staying busy as a trumpet player he is also a Middle School Band Director. He is a graduate of the Schools of Music at The University of the Arts and West Chester University.
Former Air Force musician, Tony enjoys entertaining and is always ready for a good joke. As a teacher working with kids...couldn't get any better.
Our trombonist Nick Lombardelli loves playing everything from jazz and funk to modern pop throughout the Philly area, including with Groove Place! Since recently graduating from The University of the Arts, Nick spends most of his time playing, writing, and teaching music. He has had the pleasure of performing with Jamie Cullum, Ben Folds, The Philly Pops, and more! As the primary chart writer for Groove Place, Nick will make your special requests come to life with new and unique arrangements.
A Philadelphia area musician for more years than he cares to admit, Dave has played through many changes in the musical landscape. Whatever style is called for, laying down the foundation is his main mission. Funky, smooth, swinging or melodic; his solid work allows the band to groove and the party to rock.
Tom Fleming provides the solid backbeat of Groove Place! His impeccable timing provides the steady, heart driving punch of the band. Tom performed with several top Philadelphia-based wedding bands and continues honing his drumming "chops" recording with various original rock, jazz and blues artists in the Philadelphia area.
Dana started playing guitar a long time ago. He still hasn't figured out why the strings are backwards on all his right handed guitar since retired for lefty models. He's also our band leader and stresses the importance of Customer Service always!
Frank Strauss is a seasoned, versatile pianist and arranger. He has circled the globe many times during his 11 years in Tom Jones' band, playing sold-out stadium shows, performing live on television, and even doing concerts with the Boston Pops Symphony Orchestra. His TV appearances include The Tonight Show, Conan O'Brian, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Ellen Degeneres Show, The View, Regis and Kelly, and Good Morning America.
He has played behind many other pop legends including Rick James, Tina Marie, Chaka Kahn, Joan Osbourne, Peabo Bryson, Lou Rawls, and (for a 3-year stretch) Melissa Manchester.
He has also toured Europe with the prestigious Karl Denson Quintet, including a performance at Holland's North Seas Jazz Fest. This ensemble also won the John Coltrane Jazz Competition during Strauss' tenure.
Strauss also works frequently as a composer and producer. His arrangements and original tunes can be heard worldwide in movies including Shrek, and on TV shows such as TMZ, Ellen Degeneres, and Judge Joe Brown. He has also scored and/or arranged for well-known children's shows including Sid the Science Kid, The Mickey Mouse Club, and Splash and Bubbles.
His latest project is pianist on jazz saxophonist Michael Pedicin's latest CD, As it Should Be.