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Dr. Dave Houseknecht

 

Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, Vocals

I come from a musical back ground.  My mother studied concert piano and my father played with his family band.  His father and brothers played fiddle and his sister, Mary,  could just flat out play anything she heard, using both hands. That was amazing.  I would listen to them play a hoot-n-nanny and the music took over my feet and I would "dance like no one was watching."  I was in the elementary choir and sang soprano. Seriously!  Then I sang in the college chorus for one semester. I played in my 1st band in 7th or 8th grade. Sucked! I knew 4 chords.  First gig was at the Muncy Catholic Church basement playing during the break of the "Shades Of Sherry."  I'm Not Your Stepping Stone, was our 1st song, and we're still playing it.  Good music, as well as good fashion, never go out of style.
    Forward 15 years, I played in "New Horizons," during the fabulous late 70's and actually learned a little bite about playing guitar with the help of a good friend Andy Wall. He went to Berkley and eventually graduated with a degree in Classical Guitar. In '87 I started my Chiropractic business and stopped playing until 2005. I was asked by my secretary, to play for her wedding.  I had played for her mother's wedding about 30 years before.  I've been playing ever since and still can't figure out how to play this damn guitar. I endeavor to persevere.

Don Bastian

 

Drums, Vocals

Don grew up learning to hunt and fish, and also sang in the church choir from the youngest age group. At age 12 fly fishing and tying flies were added to his interests. Drum lessons began at the former Lose Elementary School preparatory for admission into the school music programs. Don was a drummer in both the Stevens Junior High Band and the Williamsport High School Band.

He got his first drum set in eighth grade, Ludwig, a small three-piece, with one cymbal, and by 9th grade he was in a band with his younger brother, who played guitar.

Don played in various local rock bands off and on until 1979, when he gave it up for almost 34 years, save for an occasional job with local theater groups for musicals, and occasionally in church. Don has never had formal vocal lessons, but sang for 27 years in a gospel quartet with his wife, Lou Anne. His voice improved with practice, age, maturity, and just by paying attention.

Don started with Pepper Street filling in for Rick Martin on New Year's Eve 2014. Shortly thereafter drummer Rick Martin passed away and Don became the new Pepper Street drummer.

 

 

Pete Codispoti

 

Keyboards, Guitar, Percussion, Trumpet, Vocals

I began my musical career at the age of 8 when I began trumpet lessons from Wilma Finkbiner at the Keefer music store. I turned professional at the age of 14 so I could play with Johnny Miller and the Star Lighters big band and the Repaz marching/concert band. At that time you had to belong to the musicians union if you wanted to get paid for your efforts.

I was introduced to music theory by Al Nacinovich, my junior high music teacher. Just before high school graduation in 1966, I auditioned for the US Navy music program and was accepted where I played and/or backed some of the finest musician/acts in the world for four years of active duty. After my active duty period ended, I played with the Bellaires, Ozz, Brothers and Others, Prince Charles and the Royal Tones, Banned Together, and Pepper Street, and performed in various shows – the Chrisman Show and The Uptown Music Collective.

Today I belong to the Navy Musicians Association, play in the following groups - Brothers & Others, Banned Together, Pepper Street, and now – The Goombahs! Along the way I learned to play the piano, congas, guitar, bass, drums, and sing. I was influenced by my teachers, all my brothers and sisters that I have been privileged to play with, and the many artists I’ve listened to or backed. I must also say that if I truly have any talent, I may have inherited it from my mother’s father who played clarinet in the Philadelphia orchestra.

They say that every record has a flip side – by day I’m a retired computer professional of 40+ years and by night I'm a professional musician. The edge of my records includes three children and six grandchildren.

Bob Yoas

 

Bass, Guitar, Keyboard, Vocals

Music has always been a part of my life.  My grandmother Yoas tried to teach me to play piano for a number of years.  My Uncle, Billy Brucklacher, who was a local musical stud in the 50s and 60s, taught me some guitar chords, but mostly I am self taught.  It was around 1976 when I started to seriously get into music.  Influenced by The Beatles and Paul McCartney, I began hanging out with boyhood friends, Dave Brumbaugh (UMC founder) and Joel B Vincent (local drum god) and Beau Bodine (Greenhouse, Isle of Q, etc.)  Started on guitar, but was eventually drawn to the bass. 

I've been in a number of local bands, starting with NightRider, then playing country (West End Country Band), Rock (Sue Bloom Band), Motown (Loni Gamble and Sound Cheque), Alternative (Rhythm Face) and currently with Dead Flowerz, Rubber Soul, and Pepper Street. 

I've been married to the same wonderfully tolerant wife, Jennifer, since 1984 and we have 1 daughter, 2 talented granddaughters. Rian, who is taking vocal lessons at the UMC, and Cadence, who is taking private piano lessons.  We also have two SPCA rescued dogs, Molly and Penny Laine, who keep us quite busy.

Sandy Barrett

Music was an early influence in my life. My Mom (rest her soul) she was in to the Columbia record mail-order thing, Motown was a favorite of her’s. She would have us kids play those 33's over and over, then Elvis and Stevie Wonder came in the mail and just like and teenage girl I was in my bedroom with hair brush in hand singing in front of the mirror.

Church was another musical outlet as was also the high school choir. Our church had a puppet ministry and we would travel to nursing homes and festivals putting on shows. I so wanted to be a puppeteer but my group leader wanted me out front singing and getting the people to join in on songs, I guess he saw something promising in me.

Fast-forward to 2017, I have been employed by Susquehanna health as a Hospice home health aid for about 18 years. So I'm on a job and I can't get over this feeling of knowing my patient from the past. Well wouldn't ya’ know she went to the same church that I did when I was a child. Her husband Danny would always be playing guitar in the living room and would call me in to sing a song with him. At that time he was going to nursing homes playing small gigs and decided to invite me along to sing. That turned into “Danny and Sandy Live” we played several venues around the area, August 2016 being the last gig for us. Danny Kimball taught me so much about music.
I wanted more, so I put my name out there and soon, Craig Waltman (local drummer) called me, along with Doug Sherri (guitar), and Stu Rennick (bassist), they were looking for a singer for a project they were working on. We played a few gigs but never got off the ground. I do have to give props to these guys as they taught me how to sing with a band I knew nothing when I joined and I told them that I was self taught. That was the Mr. Green Jeans Band.
So forward to another project; Susquehanna Sunset with Craig, Doug, myself and two new musicians Dwane Dulk, and Jeremy DePrisco. We only played a few gigs and found out the chemistry just wasn't there, but yet again I have to thank all the musicians I have played with you have taught me so much I thank you all.

Last June 2016 I got a guitar for my birthday (thank you Walt), and I play every chance I get. Walt Davis III taught me my first chords and I was hooked . I now have about 30+ songs in my library. I met the guys of Pepper Street while I was out singing Karaoke and I was even a “Pepperette” for awhile. Now our paths have crossed again, I feel a great chemistry with these guys and we have a lot of fun.

Lucy

There are two things that you can count on when we go out to play many places. Do you do Gimme Three Steps and WHERE'S LUCY?! Lucy is Dave's mistress bulldog and she definitely runs the show. Kick Drum is one of her favorite (not) instruments and she shows her appreciation by incessantly vocalizing with the beat! Everyone loves this bundle of TNT, and she regularly reaps the benefits from the clubs with kitchens.

 

In Memorium:

Rick Martin

On March 07 of 2014 Pepper Street lost a long time member of the band Rick Martin.  Rick sadly passed away from complications of diabetes and lung cancer quite unexpectedly.  He left behind a his beloved wife, Sharon and a daughter, Jenna.  His smile, irreverent humor and friendship will be remembered and missed by his fellow bandmates, as well as anyone that had the honor and privilege to meet him.  In addition to his drumming skills, Rick was an accomplished drag racer, engine mechanic and train enthusiast.  We miss you Tundar!  RIP.

 

Norm

The supreme master alpha bulldog! Norm brought new meaning to the word alpha. He also loved the drums (not) and could snore through the loudest song we could play. We all miss Norm.