BIOS

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MARK GREGORY   Lead Vocals

 

From the age of three, Mark Gregory has been belting out the vocals. With influences ranging from blues to metal, country to classical (not to mention the heavy influence of the Rock Opera Jesus Christ Superstar), Mark feels most comfortable in the late ’70s/early 80’s era of Arena Rock. Mark spent a year and a half studying abroad at the Sydney Vocal Arts Centre in Manly, NSW Australia. Back in the states, he assisted San Diego band 24-Seven as vocal lead for multiple fundraising events and dinner cruises, as well as his band Midlife Crisis. Having sung most all of his life, it is only when he met Arena that he finally applied his passion to fulfill the dream of standing front and center in a Classic Rock and Roll band. When not performing, Mark spends much of his time devising new ways to irritate his fellow Arena Rock band members.

 

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JEFF WILLIAMS   Guitars

 

Jeff’s guitar skills have taken him across the U.S. in various bands and “gun for hire” positions, which included session work for radio and TV. While traveling and recording with the midwest-based bands Stephen Hero and Going Blind, he had the opportunity to share the bill with acts such as Badfinger, Molly Hatchet, Cheap Trick, BTO, Joan Jett, Kansas, Bullet Boys and Concrete Blonde. Jeff also studied jazz theory in the music program at UCLA, where he received his teaching credential.

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ELLIOT DeLUCA   Drums

 

Like most drummers, Elliott began his drumming life emulating John Henry Bonham and taking sticks and simply beating the hell out of anything he could get his hands on... pillows, carpet, phone books. But eventually, he talked his mom into an old used '66 Ludwig and from there he went on to attend and graduate from the Berklee College of Music in Boston (back when DLR was still in VH). He hails from the "DMV" (DC/MD/VA) area, but recently gave up and came to where it's still happening, SoCal, and from there hit it off with the boys from Arena. Elliott has played an arena or two in his music career, as well as playing the usual piles of clubs of varying sizes, up and down the east coast. He has a few albums up on iTunes, but has spent most of the new millennium faithfully covering everything from Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers to Def Leppard and Whitesnake.

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DAVE HART   Keyboards

 

Classically trained pianist before the age of ten, Dave had his first synthesizer by the age of 12 and began performing professionally at age 16. He went on to Study Electronic and Computer Music at the SDSU Electronic Music Studio with emphasis on Subtractive Synthesis and Multi-Sampling. He considers his main influences to be in the area of 70’s prog-rock (Styx, Kansas, ELO, Pink Floyd) as well as rock pianists Elton John, Billy Joel, Billy Powell and Freddie Mercury. On stage, Dave recreates the sounds of original arena rock music using both modern “workstation” keyboards and vintage analog and digital keyboards, including the world-renown Nord Stage 3, Roland Fantom, Yamaha Motif XS, Prophet 08 and Roland JD-990 .

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ERIC DELAND   Bass

 

It wasn’t until high school that Eric first took a serious interest in music. Quickly learning a variety of woodwind and percussion instruments he finally settled into the bass guitar.  Relying heavily upon his music theory classes and sight reading, Eric then ventured into musical theatre, playing many hit musical shows throughout San Diego and even winning an Aubrey Award for Best Sound for his work on Jesus Christ Superstar. Since then, Eric has played in many well-known San Diego bands such as Area 52, The Burning Sage Band, Thin Will, and The Cory Wilkins Band. The past few years has found Eric beginning to broaden his horizons, branching out into recording engineering. Now he’s enjoying the challenge of prog rock of the70’s and 80’s that he grew up listening to playing with Arena Rock.