The WildMan Band is a variety band available for you to book for your next event entertainment! About the Band Members:
Jay Feldman, Bass, Vocals
Playing professionally since 1976 in local rock/ top 40, jazz/ big band and classical ensembles including Sassparilla (with bandmates Charles and Geoff), Allen Houser Quintet (live recording received airplay on local jazz radio station), Daryl Davis Band, DC Motors, Layers (Baltimore-based Top 40 Rock band) and the Montgomery County Symphony Orchestra. Studied music at Montgomery College and additional private upright bass instruction with Kennedy Center bassist Paul Robinson. Taught privately at local music store chain for 10 years. Has performed in concert with Rock 'n Roll legend Chuck Berry and Motown vocalist Percy Sledge.
Geoff Holdridge, Violin, Mandolin, Vocals
Classically trained musician from age four, with 12 years of formal musical training and thirty years of professional experience, Geoff is versed in many styles, from blues and rock to country, jazz, old timey, and medieval. He has performed and/or recorded with Outa Scope, WildMan, The Free Radicals, The Deacons, Bay Country, Mike Baker and Blue Smoke, Danny Gatton, Solar Circus, Section Eight (featuring Barry Sless and Mokie Segil, who are now touring with Phil Lesh), Ron Holloway, Sassparilla, Knee-Deep in the Marsh, Joe Glazer, Washington Recorder Society, Guff, Hesitation String Band, and Boplicity. He also studied jazz theory and improvisation with John Mehegan and classical viola at Yale University.
Charles Mitchell, Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Has earned his living as a professional performance drummer and vocalists for over 35 years. He received an Associates Arts degree from Northern Virginia Community College in the late 1970s and spent years performing with many well known local DC area musicians, including Deanna Bogart, Daryl Davis, Linwood Taylor, Ruby Hayes, Michelle Walker, and Ron Holloway. Charles left the DC area for the West Coast in 1988 and spent 3 years working a circuit between LA and San Diego, mostly performing and recording with Glen and Mark Fisher under the name Fish and the Seaweeds. He then came back to the East Coast and performed and recorded with the Section Eight, featuring Barry Sless and Mokie Segil, who are now touring with Phil Lesh of Greatful Dead fame. Charles then toured from 1992 to 1996 with Relix recording artists, Solar Circus, recording 4 CDs with them. Jason Crosby played piano and violin for Solar Circus and has gone on to perform and record with many national acts (currently Robert Randolf). Charles and Jason performed a set with Bruce Springsteen while with Solar Circus. They also opened for such notable groups as, Hot Tuna, Taj Mahal, Widespread Panic, Aquarium Rescue Unit, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Jefferson Starship, Moe, and God Street Wine. Charles recently was chosen to play percussion, backing up Skunk Baxter from the Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan. He has recorded and/or performed with Joe Glazer, Sassparilla, the Bruce Middle Jazz trio, Wayne Wilentz, the Deacons, and others. He has taken a master class with Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez and just finished a three-year graduate program with scholarship at the Levin School of Music in DC.
John Sterling, Guitar, Vocals
A consumate stylist with over 10 years of formal training from age 7 and decades of professional recording and performing experience. Instructors have included Tom Principato and Sam Toronto. John founded and led his own band, Idle Hands, for 9 years during the 1980s and 1990s, playing every club from Purple Moose and Fager's Island in Ocean City to Front Royal, Baltimore to Richmond. Idle Hands was house band for two years at The Bayou. He has gone on to push improvisation and ensemble skills for the last 10 years in blues, funk, jazz, and soul, performing and recording with The Chris Polk Band, The Johnsons, The Deacons, and others. John performed all the guitar work on the CD for the band, The Passing Strange, produced by Tom Copala on Umana records. He also has spent a lot of time working as a pick up guitar slinger, subbing for many bands in the DC area. Recently he has has played bass for the classic rock band, Switched At Birth, and also spent two years playing bass and singing backup vocals for Cindy Ashland and Country Thunder.