Mark Novak - Keyboard, Vocals
From 1977 to 1986 Mark served as the music director of Arena Stage's Living Stage Theater Company. He has written original music and plays for The Studio Theater and The Smithsonian Discovery Theater. Besides being a professional musician, Mark is a freelance rabbi, hazzan, and storyteller. He and his wife, storyteller/juggler Renée Brachfeld, have been presented as Artists in Residence at over 130 synagogues throughout the United States and Canada. Their CD, King Solomon's daughter, was awarded the Parents' Choice Gold Award.
Mark is the spiritual leader of Minyan Oneg Shabbat, a Jewish Renewal community in Washington, DC.
Wayne Wilentz - Keyboard, Vocals
Wayne has performed with such famous R&B acts as Carl Gardner's Coasters, The Shirelles, The Moments, The Marvellettes, and Jimmy Norman. He was a keyboardist and composer for the '80's funk band "SKYY" from 1981 to 1989, and possesses a gold record commemorating their chart-topping Album "Skyy Line" on Salsoul Records.
Wayne has been performing all over the DC area since his arrival to Washington in 1989, starting Brazil night at the now defunct Cafe Lautrec, working Thursdays and Sundays at U-topia for 19 years, and also playing the brunch at the world famous restaurant, Georgia Brown's. He can be seen there on Sunday afternoons, and at the Eighteenth St. Lounge with Soul Brasil every Thursday night. He can also be found 4-6 times a month at "Seasons 52" on Rockville Pike, singing and playing songs from the last 50 years of music in all styles. Wayne's versatility and repertoire are renowned amongst DC musicians and music fans.
Dave DiPaolo - Sax, Vocals
Dave DiPaolo studied privately with famed jazz legends Ernie Wilkins, Bill Potts, Clark Terry and pianist Mark Cohen. Dave spent the 80's and 90's travelling the east coast in show bands with Phil Flowers and Ernie Fields performing on the Hilton circuit. Dave was also the lead alto player on the MS Caribe I cruise ship to St. Thomas, Puerto Rico and the Carribbean Islands. Dave played at Rene's Supper Club as a lead singer and their featured saxophonist for several years. In 1986, Dave DiPaolo appeared on the Kathy Lee and Regis show with D.C.'s very own Mother's Band and Show. Dave started his own wedding and corporate functions band in 1987. Dave now primarily plays with the Mark Novak Band.
Gerry Kunkel - Guitar, Vocals
Known for his versatility as a guitarist, Gerry Kunkel has performed extensively in the jazz, contemporary and classical music fields, having played with Aretha Franklin, Grover Washington, Ron Carter, Dianne Reeves, Audra MacDonald, Joshua Bell, Jessye Norman, Sye Smith, Bernadette Peters, Clay Aiken, Charlotte Church and many others. Recently he played in the pit orchestras of the Broadway revival of West Side Story and Chicago at the National Theater, and the acclaimed production of Ragtime at the Kennedy Center. Gerry has appeared at venues including Blues Alley, the Corcoran Gallery, Carter Barron, The National Mall, Ravinia in Chicago, The Other End in New York, the Warner Theater, Signature Theatre, Ford's Theater, Wolf Trap and with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, National Symphony's Pop Series. He is a past musical director of the Broadcast Daytime Emmys, composer for the television series "Treasure Search" with the late Bob Denver, and has played on numerous recordings, national television and radio jingles, and short and full-length feature films. With over thirty years of teaching experience, he is a member of the faculties of the University of Maryland College Park and Howard University.
Steve Rosenheim - Drums, Flute, Vocals
Steve has also spent significant time in the recording studio, producing, writing, and performing. His credits include radio and television jingles, television themes, as well as the soundtrack of an award winning documentary film.