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 played his first "paying gig"  the age of 16 and hasn't stopped since.  Steve plays drums and flute - sometimes at the same time - and his versatility has made him an in demand musician. He has played in the pit for musical productoions, on stage for concerts, and on the bandstand for upwards of 5000 weddings! He has been honored to work with such reknowned performers as Roy Eldridge, Frankie Avalon, Lou Rawls, Joe Piscapo, Wolfman Jack, Chrystal Gayle, The Platters, and The Drifters. His career includes performances at The Kennedy Center, the Lyrics Center, and Madison Square Garden, and for many public figures including four presidents.

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. 

Christal Rheams

Christal Rheams, a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, has performed on the same stage as Wayne Newton, Ricky Martin, and Trisha Yearwood. In addition she has had the pleasure of singing backup for many pop, country and R&B superstars. She attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is a prominent vocalist with the United States Army Band (Pershing's Own).

Jim Queen - Violin

Violinist/fiddler Jim Queen has performed from Cairo to Kentucky, and from National Television to the back of a pickup truck. He began his violin studies at age nine, and was encouraged to diversify his musical interests to please his two grandfathers, one a pipe organ tuner from Denmark and the other a carpenter from the Smokey Mountains. Since then he has studied and performed professionally in a wide range of musical styles, including classical, klezmer, celtic and country. He has appeared on The Nashville Network and has performed for six presidents. His recordings include “All ‘Round Fiddle” and “Sing Maryland”, the latter being a collection of original songs about Maryland history and lore. In 2006, he was violinist/fiddler for an eight-week run in the production “Shenandoah” at Ford’s Theatre. He is a member of multiple musical groups, including the pan-celtic band Iona, and of course, the Mark Novak Band.
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