Robbie “Donuts” Wingler- Bassist
When Pearl Jam’s “Even Flow” caught his eye in 1991 at the age of 12, he knew he was destined to be a bass player. Jeff Ament’s influence playing bass in that video inspired him to start the next 26 years of his life. Later in the 90’s, he discovered Jack Bruce of Cream and everything changed. This is when he knew that bass could go beyond a supporting role and his mind was blown! Throughout this journey, he found that Flea would give him groove goals, Gene Simmons (the god of thunder) would inspire his showmanship, and he would choreograph all of his own stunts.
After studying jazz bass and playing concepts with excellent teachers, he became versed and accomplished in electric bass, fretless bass, upright bass as well as extended range basses. Some of his preferred equipment includes: Warwick basses and amplifiers, SWR cabinets, GHS Boomer strings and live wire cables.
Rob has played venues such as The Stone Pony and Lakewood Blue Claws. His passion is live performance because there’s nothing like putting on a good show where the crowd enjoys it as much as the band.
Mr. Donuts was once was rated in the top ten bass players by a guy who only has seen ten bass players…Very Impressive!
Jimmy De – Lead Singer, Percussion & Harmonica
Jim has been singing and fronting bands for over a decade. His enormous range covers everything from Motown and Blue Eyed Soul to Dance to Metal and Blues. He can, for the most part, sing just about anything.
As a front man, Jim worked as an MC and Host for 1000’s of events and club nights over the last 20 years. From the stage he likes to joke with the crowd and get the audience singing along. His goal is to make sure everyone is having a great time!
Jay “Killer” Karnatski – Drums & Percussion
Mike “J” Juros – Rhythm & Lead Guitar
Like many in the 80’s, he was exposed to the guitar heroics that flooded FM radio and TV, but also came to be influenced by earlier artists, progressive rock, jazz-fusion, and singer-songwriters. Along the way, he continued to absorb all sorts of musical influences and play in bands including Delta Hitchhikers, Jester’s Dead, and Bizarre Love Triangle (BLT). He also formed a small acoustic group, The Ferocious Termites, which focused on vocal harmonies integrated with folk and “unplugged” rock. Mike’s love for the blues grew, and he began digging deeper to unearth the early musicians that influenced his favorite bands. This was coupled by playing in blues and R&B-based bands including The Rippers, and Blues Tattoo. Now a family guy, he continues to pursue his love of music as part of One Flight Up!
Kevin Wingler – Lead & Rhythm Guitar
Joel Roi – Keyboards
Joel Roi is a gifted keyboardist, vocalist, composer and lyricist whose music has been described as a latter-day synthesis of Cole Porter, Thelonius Monk and Steely Dan.
Born in New Jersey, Joel Roi grew up in the fast lane of Pop Music’s mainstream culture. Joel is the son of the noted journalist Al Aronowitz, one of the very first “Rock Writers,” and a primary originator of “Participatory Journalism.” As such, some of the world’s most influential music personalities frequented Joel’s childhood household, including Bobby Darin, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Paul Simon, Carole King, Jerry Garcia and Bob Dylan (who wrote “Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man” in the Aronowitz family’s kitchen), to name only a few. Another influence in Joel’s upbringing was legendary trumpeter Miles Davis, whose music and commanding presence was among Joel’s earliest childhood memories.
Joel attended piano classes at Billy Taylor’s Jazz Mobile in Harlem. He studied piano and composition privately with innovative Jazz pianist and composer Walter Bishop Jr., who will forever be heard on Charlie Parker’s groundbreaking recordings.
Joel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the State University of New York at New Paltz, where he attended an adjunct program at Karl Berger’s world-famous Creative Music Studio. The Creative Music Studio faculty at that time boasted such accomplished Jazz musicians as Jack Dejohnette, Cecil Taylor and Lee Konitz, among others.
A professional musician since his teens, Joel has toured Asia & Europe with Bertie Higgins (“Key Largo”), served as pianist for Danny & the Juniors (“At The Hop,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll is Here to Stay”), and opened for Jerry Lewis, Pat Cooper, Neil Sedaka, the Platters, Taylor Dane, etc.