Phoenix Theory

From MusicWiki Detroit
Jump to: navigation, search
Phoenix Theory
The Phoenix Theory Logo.jpg
Background Information




Classic Rock, Dance, Funk

Years Active

2012 - Present


Allen David - Keyboards, Vocals
Dan Mazur - Guitar, Vocals
Anthony Lai - Bass, Vocals
Billy DeAngelo - Drums, Vocals



Bringing a wealth of talent and experience from their previous musical endeavors, the members of The Phoenix Theory have come together to form one of Detroit's most sought after cover bands. The Phoenix Theory takes listeners to new heights of musical entertainment by performing tightly rehearsed renditions of your classic rock and dance favorites from the 70's, 80's, 90's and's the music you love to hear played the way you remember it.

Combining integrity, professionalism, and a high energy, lighthearted approach to their show, The Phoenix Theory delights the senses and provides a fun-filled, enjoyable atmosphere for any event including private parties, weddings, and corporate function.


From Website

Allen David

Allen David.jpg

Allen began playing keyboards at the age of 5 when he received a small keyboard as a novelty Christmas gift from his mother. Prior to that, Allen had never expressed any interest in music and had never asked for any type of instrument as a gift; but, as luck or fate would have it, he took to the keyboard right away and began learning songs by ear. He started taking organ lessons at a local music store a short time later, and then elevated his studies when he began taking private lessons from a highly recommended jazz organist.

Allen worked at several music stores as a teenager, demonstrating the organs to customers and appearing in a local TV commercial. He began playing in his first band at 16, foregoing the organ for the piano / synthesizer combination he still uses today. He has since developed his playing style to incorporate jazz, R&B, and classic rock, citing influences from popular keyboard artists such as Billy Joel and Elton John, along with big vocal groups of the 80's including Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, and Boston.

Throughout his musical career, Allen has had the opportunity to play with some of the finest bands in the Detroit area. His most recent position was with FiftyAmpFuse, with whom he performed for 6 years. During that time, he had the opportunity to play at events all across the US, including the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, the deck of the USS Midway in San Diego Harbor, Washington DC, Key Largo, Seattle, and Navy Pier in Chicago.

Throughout his career, Allen has had the pleasure of working with members of the Billy Joel Band and The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and while in different projects has opened up for various acts including Stephanie Bentley, Wade Hayes, Brian White, Jack Wagner, George Jones, Diamond Rio, Billy Preston, Everclear, and The Blue Man Group. He has appeared on the Mitch Albom Show as well as on other various TV and radio broadcasts.

Allen is extremely happy to be working with the dedicated, seasoned and talented Phoenix Theory members Dan Mazur, Anthony Lai and Billy DeAngelo. He is looking forward to constantly bringing his high energy and passionate performances to the TPT stage.


Dan Mazur

Dan Mazur.jpg

Dan Mazur is a singer, songwriter, guitar player, music teacher, band leader and performer based out of Metro Detroit. Making the decision to go full time as a musician in 2009, Dan has played over 1,400 shows and passed the 200 gig mark every year since. Playing to audiences ranging from a handful of people in a corner bar, to weddings, corporate events, headline spots at festivals and everything in between, Dan has put in the work needed to carve out a unique place in the Metro Detroit music scene while creating a high demand for his performances.

Dan has studied music extensively over the years taking private instruction with some of the best teachers available including: John Hall, Rob Bourassa, Brian Roberts, Lee Dyanment, and Waldon Reed Jr. In addition to many years of private study, Dan has also earned an associates degree in music from Henry Ford Community College, and studied in the world renowned music department at Wayne State University in Detroit. Studying classical guitar, plus Theory & Composition at Wayne State, coupled together with Dan’s rigorous performance schedule over the last 9 years have provided both the education, and real life gigging experience needed to make it in the world as a professional musician.

You can find Dan performing in a variety of different settings including, but not limited to solo acoustic, with The Phoenix Theory, with various duo partners, or occasionally as an instrumentalist.

On top of writing and recording songs, managing and promoting his own career, and keeping together an extensive performance schedule, Dan also stays busy during the day teaching private music lessons. Specializing in guitar lessons and songwriting, Dan gives beginner through advanced private one-on-one instruction. He also offers beginner piano lessons. As a kid, private lessons were Dan’s major source of musical education. Knowing the sparks it started for him at a young age, he decided to start teaching privately in 2012 in hopes of being that teacher who can help inspire someone else the way his early teachers inspired him.

Please feel free to contact Dan if you have any questions about performances, lessons, original music licensing, or any other general music inquiries!

It’s a humbling experience and a true honor for Dan to take on the role of lead guitarist and vocalist in The Phoenix Theory, and he is very excited for the opportunity to play with three of Metro Detroit’s most dynamic and talented musicians!

You can find Dan's website


Anthony Lai

Anthony Lai.jpg

Anthony Lai is a multi-faceted musician from Dearborn, Michigan. Though a child of the 80's, it was the music of the 60's and 70's that really formed his musical identity. His work as a bass player is most heavily influenced by Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson, and he has studied their approach extensively. Other notable influences include the music of Eric Clapton, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Queen, Red Hot Chili Peppers and several classical composers. After years of informal study/obsession with the music of the Beatles, he went on to earn degrees in music composition and orchestral conducting from Wayne State University.

Anthony has performed in rock groups, jazz bands, and classical ensembles as a vocalist, guitarist, bassist, percussionist and conductor throughout Metro Detroit and abroad, and he has collaborated with many notable musicians. With the Henry Ford Big Band, he performed at the 2015 Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy and also at the 2009 Michigan Democratic Party's inaugural ball for President Obama in Washington DC. He joined with arranger and conductor Ed Lojeski in 2016 for a 4th of July performance aboard the USS Missouri in Honolulu. In 2012, he worked with members of Lynyrd Skynyrd in Nashville to record downriver native Sharah Sherrard's EP Where I Come From.

In addition to his work as performer, Anthony is a professional composer and arranger. Nominated as "Outstanding Classical Composer" in the Detroit Music Awards in 2017, 2015, 2014, and 2012, his work has been commissioned by several notable parties including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Red Wings, and University of Michigan professor Donald Sinta, a leading performer of contemporary classical saxophone repertoire. Anthony's orchestrations have been performed by the DSO, Wayne State University Orchestra, Studio 110 Jazz Orchestra, and the Flux Quartet. Most recently, he scored string arrangements for Jena Irene Asciutto, a former American Idol contestant and Runner up.

Anthony is also the music director for the Seaway Chorale and Orchestra in Trenton, Michigan and an instructor at Henry Ford College, where he teaches music theory, music technology, and the history of Rock and Roll. His original music, performed by The Anthony Lai Band can be found on Pandora, iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.

You can find Anthony's website at


Billy DeAngelo

Billy DeAngelo.jpg

Billy DeAngelo has been a household name in the Detroit music scene for over 25 years. Billy is a rare breed in today’s music world -- his power, chops and skill set as a drummer are as good as it gets, and on top of that he’s also a very accomplished lead and harmony singer. Billy’s vocal capability and range are second to none. He can effortlessly sing from a low raspy growl to a soaring high, clean falsetto making him a potent front man even from the back of the stage.

Growing up in a house where the music industry was at his fingertips, Billy had constant exposure to a never-ending universe of music. Being the son of famed Detroit radio DJ Johnny Williams of CKLW Radio had an immense effect on Billy’s youth, and his constantly evolving musical tastes.

Billy has toured the US extensively over his years of gigging and has opened for national acts such as Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, Molly Hatchet, Night Ranger, Robin Trower, Slaughter, Nazareth, and many more. He also was a finalist in the Guitar Center National Drum-off in 2007 and 2015. Prior to joining The Phoenix Theory, Billy sang and played drums with some of Detroit’s premiere groups including Government Honey, The Remedy Band and Still Rain.

Billy is excited to continue moving his music career forward with The Phoenix Theory where he gets to blend his unique talents with fellow band members Allen David, Dan Mazur and Anthony Lai, while contributing to the ever-growing culture in the Detroit music scene.


External Links