Dorden was born in Chester, PA. Dorden is a graduate of Villanova University. He began his musical career as a studio musician, later expanding by playing with several local bands and professional theatre productions. Dorden has opened for national acts such as Gerald Veasley, Everett Harp, Tavares, Glenn Jones, and Teena Marie. He has performed with recording artists The Ebonys, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes and McFadden and Whitehead.
Jerry was born in Albany, GA. Jerry began playing the sax at a very early age. Jerry has opened shows for Luther Vandross, The Temptations, Regina Belle, Natalie Cole and others. He has been on several world tours with groups such as the Manhattans.
Steve ‘Chop’ Pratt was born in Chester, PA. He has been performing professionally for over 15 years. He has toured the world with the United States Navy Jazz Orchestra. Steve also continues to work as a studio guitarist for recording sessions in Philadelphia and New York.
Trumpeter Gerald Chavis has appeared as both a sideman and bandleader for over 30 years. He currently performs regularly with his own ensemble, with Philadelphia-based society dance orchestras, and many church organizations in the Wilmington-Philadelphia area. His credits include performing and/or recording with such national acts as Mick Jagger, Phyllis Hyman, Donald Byrd, The Temptations, The Dells, The Spinners, and more, as well as local Delaware organizations including Opera Delaware, Christina Cultural Arts Center, and others. In addition, he spends much time in the recording studio as both a performer and producer for other musicians.
Chavis attended Florida A&M University where he studied both classical and jazz trumpet. However, he earned his real musical education by studying with renowned jazz teacher Robert “Boysie” Lowery, who is best known as the teacher of Clifford Brown and Ernie Watts, among others.
A multi-talented percussionist, composer, lecturer and educator. Mr. Castellanos was born in Camaguey, Cuba in 1970. He has been described as a young virtuoso percussionist with the ability to play a large range of Percussion instruments and styles (An article published by Granma Cuban National Newspaper- 1991).
Mr. Castellanos holds a MM in music Education and performance and a certificate of professorship from the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba. (1995). He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, The Philadelphia Teachers Association, and a founding member of the Cuban Percussive Society.
Juan’s performing career has keep him traveling all over the Unite States and abroad. For two consecutive years he has appeared with the Chieftains at Carnegie Hall in NY, and at the Kimmel Centre in Philadelphia. As well as maintaining a very active performing career, he also works as a full time Percussion Specialist for the Board of Education in Philadelphia, Adjunct professor at Chestnut Hill College, Music Director and Education consultant for the Association of Latin American Musicians (AMLA).
His most recently recordings include: Tyrone Brown (A series of solos for D Bass), Venissa Santi (Bienvenida), Elio Villafranca/ Meca Orchestra (Concierto para un mariachi).
Kerry Delron Little hails from Coatesville, PA where he started playing drums at the age of three. Playing in various churches throughout his young life, Kerry began playing professionally for bands and choirs at the age of 15, receiving many honors and awards. He became one of the main drummers for The Church of God of Prophecy Worldwide in addition to performing with many R&B artists including Patti LaBelle, CeCe Winans, Twinkie Clark, Musiq Soulchild, Ashford & Simpson, and Kim Waters.
Winston was born in Chester, PA. Winston began playing bass at age 13. A graduate of Cheyney University, he also attended the Wilmington School of Music Theory with Dr. Milton Harris. Winston has worked for years with several local groups in the Tri-State area as a studio musician in Philadelphia with producers Ron Tyson (The Temptations) and Norman Brown (The Trammps). He has also worked with The Love Committee, The Futures and Brandi Wells.