Dr Pocket

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Dr Pocket
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Background Information

Origin

Detroit

Genre

Blues, Jazz, R&B

Years Active

1990's - Present

Website

http://www.drpoc.com

Members

Craig Strain - Trumpet, Band Leader
Mark Watson - Keyboards & Vocals
Bob Guskovict - Guitar
Dick Fidge - Vocals
Kim Lange - Vocals
Eric Noffz - Saxophone
Steve Fleck - Trombone
Drew Schultz - Drums
John Marker - Bass Guitar
Adam Dib - Saxophone

About

Combining four powerful horns, a driving rhythm section and three of Detroit's best singers, Dr Pocket creates a refreshing, entertaining and exciting musical product. Whether performing "covers" or original arrangements, the band's focus is on the tradition of great horn bands from Blues, Jazz and Rhythm 'n Blues. Dr Pocket is Craig Strain's horn-driven rhythm and blues monster band and has been wowing audiences in southeastern Michigan for 20 years. The 10-piece band features powerful vocals and equally powerful horns.

From Tower Of Power to Wilson Picket, from Joe Cocker to Delbert McClinton and from classic bands as Chicago, Dr Pocket touches the musical soul of every listener. Dr Pocket plays foot-stomping, dance-worthy songs from such classic bands as Chicago, as well as today's hits.


Biographies

Craig Strain

Trumpet, Band Leader

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Craig is one of the fortunate ones who makes a living doing things he loves. Composing, Arranging, Directing, leading various music ensembles, Performing and recording are his passions. He retired from teaching after 30 years in public school, community colleges, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and some summers at Oakland University and dove into a more than full-time job with the current musical outlets.

With many years of experience including leading bands, teaching, producing large scale events, conducting orchestras and big bands, Craig brings his skills and background to make your event or musical experience a successful one.

In addition to leading Dr Pocket, Craig also leads the CSO, a big band orchestra, and the Motor City Brass Band.

He received his Bachelor's of Science degree in Music Performance and Political Science, a Bachelor of Music Education, as well as a Masters Degree in Music Composition and Trumpet from Eastern Michigan University.

 

Mark Watson

Keyboards and Vocals

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Mark has been a professional musician since the early 1970s performing in such groups as Gandalf, Alliance, Tatiana & The Rude Boys, and Derringer.

He has also toured the world performing his original music and is one of the creative forces behind the recording and production group "Crazy Boy."

Since his move back to Michigan from Hawaii, Mark is currently performing with Haight Ashbury, Dick Wagner and Dr Pocket.

 



Bob Guskovict

Guitar

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Bob noticed how cool the guitar was in back in fourth grade when Twisted Sister and Alice Cooper came to his attention. He messed around with a guitar for the next few years to no avail.

When he was 12, he got serious and started gigging right away. Over the years his love for the instrument grew as well as his influences. Players like Django Reinhardt, B.B. King, and Warren Hayens now keep Bob inspired and learning as well as his old heavy metal favorites.

Bob had the opportunity to lead bands from holes in the wall to the Fox Theater. He has "recorded a ton of music and sold tens of copies." When Bob is not with Dr Pocket, he loves being a part of the worship team at Northville Christian Assembly.

Playing with the Dr Pocket band gives Bob more consistent musical highs than anything else he's done. We are always striving to drive each other to a new place and we're always up for the challenge. See us once and you'll understand what it means to see a band leave everything on the stage and push hard for excellence.


Dick Fidge

Vocals

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Fidge had two albums out on the Rare Earth label in the 1970s, did commerical work in the 1980s. Fidge also did three national spots in the 1990s fire bird commerical called "Black Bird," and a local and national spot for Buick. He also performed vocals on a local and national spot for Ford, (the "Think Ford First" campaign.

Fidge has played in a handful of Metro Detroit bands over the years.

 



Kim Lange

Vocals

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Kim's professional experience ranges from R&B, Blues and Jazz to Top 40, Gospel and even Acappella music. She is a sought-after vocal coach, choir director, pianist, vocal arranger, and has written and recorded commercial jingles. While earning a degree in voice performance from Western Michigan University, Kim performed with Gold Company, Downbeat magazine's perennial award winner for Best College Vocal Jazz group. During this time she had the opportunity to record and perform with musical greats like Bobby McFerrin, Andy Williams and The Manhattan Transfer.

In recent years, Kim has worked in clubs and on the festival circuit with Blues and Top 40 bands in the metro Detroit area. She has also been a member of The Gospel Truth, award-winning gospel choir at Renaissance Unity (formerly, Church Of Today) in Warren, MI for the past 16 years, under the direction of Edward Gooch. Kim was featured with The Gospel Truth on the church’s weekly television broadcasts through 2003 and since then, through their weekly live-streamed services where she has shared the stage with Marianne Williamson, Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Deepak Chopra, Dr Wayne Dyer and Steven Tyler. Currently, Kim serves as Music Director at Renaissance Unity and as Vocal Coach for The River Community Church in Hartland, MI.

Kim's silky-smooth voice can purr out a beautiful ballad or turn Janice Joplin-raspy to belt out the bawdiest Blues tune and adds a feminine touch to the rich, vocal harmonies of Dr Pocket.

 

Eric Noffz

Saxophone

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Eric plays all saxophones and flute. He has performed with bands in and around Detroit for more than 25 years. He earned his B.A. in Jazz Studies at Wayne State University. Eric has studied with Norm Gladstone, George Benson and Earl DeForest.





Steve Fleck

Trombone

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Steve was born and bred in Metro Detroit and has a deep background of jazz, funk and rock sounds.

His influences include Big Phat Band, Chicago, BS&T, TOP horns and Chase. Steve LOVES playing Chicago tunes with Dr Pocket.

During the day, he enjoys a career in Information Technology.

 




Drew Schultz

Drums

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Starting at the age of 19, Drew Schultz earned his stripes as the drummer, percussionist, archivist, and substitute conductor of the legendary Motown group the Four Tops. During his time with the Tops, he also performed with artists including The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Dramatics, The Miracles, The Contours, Harold Melvin’s Bluenotes, The Velvelettes, Chairmen of the Board, Freda Payne, and more.

As a journalist, he has published several articles on soul and R&B musicians in Modern Drummer Magazine. Drew is the spearhead of the "Back To Class" project, a series of his original songs featuring legendary soul artists, with 50% of profits benefiting the music programs of the Detroit Public Schools. Special guests on the project have included the Four Tops, Funk Brothers, Melvin Davis, Spyder Turner, Dennis Coffey, James Jamerson Jr, Pat Lewis, McKinley Jackson, Lenny Pickett of Tower of Power/Saturday Night Live, Ken Knox of Chairmen of the Board, Joey Kingfish, and many more. He hopes to continue to spread the legacy of his heroes and mentors, keeping the soul alive!

 

John Marker

Bass Guitar

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John’s music career started when he was in 7th grade, where he was asked to play string bass in the middle school orchestra. He played classical music throughout middle and high school and played in the “All Michigan Youth Symphony” which toured the country of Finland for 5 weeks during his college years. After college, he was a full time musician from 1976 to 1986, playing bass guitar and singing for many Top 40, funk, jazz, and rock bands. In 2006, John reunited on stage with Kurt Schreitmueller, musical director at Oakpointe Church in Novi, Michigan, where he plays contemporary Christian music once a month.

John played with the Bugs Beddow Band for 2 1/2 years before joining Dr Pocket in July of 2014. John also freelances with other jazz and funk bands in the Metro Detroit area.

 


Adam Dib

Saxophone

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A recent graduate of the Wayne State University Jazz Studies program, Adam Dib is regularly performing musician, arranger and composer in the metro Detroit area. Specializing in jazz, motown, R&B and soul, Adam is excited to be performing with the amazing performers and musicians in Dr Pocket, bringing the best of music to audiences around.

 




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