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The Duo Biographies

Robin Bryan Robin Bryan, vocalist, Born and raised in Bucks County, Pa., Robin participated (playing alto sax) in all the “normal” school music activities available in curriculum, establishing a solid foundation for what was to come. She attended Penn State University, Altoona Campus 1973-75, where her vocal career essentially began. (along with studying guitar) Appearances in many coffeehouses, local pubs and special concert events set her on her way.

Upon graduation, Robin moved to Grand Lake, Colorado and continued her music career singing with a popular 6 piece country-rock band through 1977. Returning to Pa., she performed in several different musical genres. Most notable, a 6 piece rhythm & blues band known as NIGHT TRAIN.

Another move took her to the Boston, Mass. Area where she performed in her first duo called SIDE STREET. She performed extensively throughout the northeastern U.S. Including a 3 week engagement on the American Air Force Base in Sondestrom, Greenland. Upon departing Mass. In 1982, she formed the duo still performing today. BODY & SOUL. Over the years the duo has played at most of the Pocono Mountain resorts. Additionally,over the past 15 years Robin has been singing jazz at numerous venues. Performing with a virtual Who’s Who of jazz personalities.

Alan Gaumer Alan Gaumer, trumpet, began playing the trumpet in 1958. He was a member of Kal’s Kid’s appearing on the Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour and numerous other television shows. Participating in band, orchestra, and stage bands through elementary, junior and high school he graduated from Freedom High School in 1969. He studied with John Nero and Willard Schissler and performed with the Allentown Band under the direction of Albertis L. Meyers. Alan then attended the U.S. Navy School of Music. Upon graduation he spent the next three years living in Gaeta, Italy touring Europe, Africa and Asia with the Navy Show Band. Prior to his discharge in 1973 he was offered the jazz trumpet position at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. From 1973-75 he toured first as trumpeter and later as drummer with the well known group KATO. Settling back in the Lehigh Valley, Alan was an integral part of the popular group P.F. & the Flyers and his own A.G.Q. After attending Rutgers University, Alan spent two years touring South America and West Africa with the U.S. Navy Show Band. After discharge in 1982, he worked for the next several years at well known hotels and resorts.

Alan has been the jazz trumpet Artist/Lecturer at Moravian College since 1994 and served as Fusion ensemble director in 1998-99, 2003-04 ,2005-06 and 2007-08. He has performed with a long list of well known jazz personalities including: Randy Brecker, Phil Woods, Al Cohn, George Young, Bob Dorough, Tom Harrell, Bill Watrous, Urbie Green, Kim Parker, Vic Jurris, Charles Fambrough, Bill Washer, John Swanna, David Leonhardt, Steve Gilmore, Bill Goodwin, Bobby Routch, Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyra and others. In performance he and his wife (ROBIN BRYAN) form the duo Body & Soul. Additionally he together with: NELSON HILL, TOM KOZIC, CRAIG KASTELNIK, and GARY RISSMILLER form the quintet CO-OP BOP. He has been the recipient of several grants. He lists several recording credits including a collaboration with the Moravian Jazz Faculty and a collection of original compositions by the Quintet CO-OP BOP. One of the two most recent recordings being a guest appearance on a Christmas CD with a long time friend from Navy Band days in Italy, Diana Peterson. Finally he and Nelson Hill are the featured horn soloists on a CD of original compositions from Bernie Klemmer due for release in 2008 and produced by the multi grammy winner Phil Nicolo. Additionally Alan & Co-op Bop are rostered artists with Young Audiences of Eastern Pennsylvania. The Quintet uses familiar cartoon themes such as The Flintstones and Pink Panther to teach young students about our rich national treasure called JAZZ.

EQUIPMENT:

Brass:
Yamaha 8310ZS custom Bb trumpet
with mutes.


Keyboards/Synths:
Korg Triton Workstation
Korg N5 Synthesizer
Korg M1 Workstation (vintage)
Yamaha QY300 Sequencer
Akai wind controller/synth.


Sound Re-inforcement + misc.:
Mackie power amp M1400
Behringer mixer UB1222FX-Pro
EV Speakers
EV endym series mics