The Soul'd Out Staff
Bob 'Bubba' LeClair is the lead singer and heart and soul of the The SOUL'D OUT BAND. He was born and raised around the Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin area until he moved to Grand Haven in 1978. He was soon singing and playing guitar, keyboards and harmonica in a couple of local bands that gained great reviews in Western Michigan. His band Chameleon opened for Jefferson Starship and his band Beach Bashers opened for Roy Orbison, The Byrds and Mitch Ryder among others. Bubba works as a pipefitter/welder. He and his wife Marylin live in Grand Haven with their 2 sons and 2 daughters.
Rick Hunter holds down the low end of Soulíd Out on bass guitar. Rick grew up in the Detroit area during the burgeoning rock and Motown era of the late 60s and early 70s. Seeing bands such as the Bob Segar System and Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes at local dances as well as national artists such as the Who, Joe Cocker, BB King, Albert King, and Howling Wolf at the Grande Ballroom
fueled a passion for playing the music that was filling the airwaves and concert halls.
Rick was inspired by the music that got people dancing and would sneak off with his dadís Harmony guitar listening and learning those songs. Rick is still an avid student of music and rarely a day goes by when he is not reading, playing, practicing or still working out the nuances of some of those great tunes. Rickís wife, Tina, has been known, on more than one occasion, to beg/plead that he practice a different tune than one heís just spend over an hour trying to learn. Heís one of the newest members of Soulíd Out and is delighted to be part of a group of accomplished musicians who know how to have fun while creating great music.
Tom LaNoue, lead guitar, has been playing since he was 12 years old. His early influences were Cream, Led Zepplin, Santana, Jeff Beck, and the Beatles, along with all of the Motown bands. Tom is the youngest of seven kids in his family and grew up listening to all of the great music of the 60's and 70's. He has played in numerous bands in the Detroit area and has been living in West Michigan now for 15 years. He plays guitar on a regular basis at First Presbyterian Church in Grand Haven. Tom's entire family of five are all extremely musical as well, with his wife playing piano and flute, his oldest son playing drums and cello, his other son guitar, bass and trombone, and his daughter playing flute and piano. Tom is an Area Manager for Michigan Pizza Hut and has been with them for over 25 years. He plans on being Soul'd Out for many years to come, absolutely loving every minute of it.
Mike Reid on rhythm guitar, keyboards, bass and horns, spent his early and mid teen years in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was influenced by soul and rhythm and blues. Although he enjoys almost all styles of music, his primary interest is soul and funk music, in the style of the Tower of Power. A band director with the Grand Haven Area Public Schools since 1980, he has a wife and two children, both of whom are in band. He enjoys golf and plays guitar with Grand Haven's First Presbyterian Church worship band. Mike also occasionally plays out with various small brass groups.
Mark Sluiter on trumpet and percussion is a middle school biology teacher at Spring Lake Public Schools who frequently moonlights as a freelance trumpet player. Emerging from a dark "Disco" past during which he played at clubs and wedding receptions across West Michigan, he used money from gigs to put himself through college at Western Michigan University. Since then he has played with various big bands, jazz combos and classical groups including the West Shore Symphony and Fairhaven Horns of Power. In his free time Mark enjoys golfing and kayaking. He lives in Grand Haven with his beautiful wife and two fabulous daughters.
Keith VanDyke plays drums and back up vocals. Keith was raised in a home of classical music teachers, his mother taught piano and father was a band director with a masterís degree in clarinet methods. He studied piano and euphonium through out college but always played drums for fun. His first drum set was made of coffee cans with metal tops used as cymbals. Keith has played with various bands with styles ranging from acoustic jazz to hard rock but he had always hoped to play old R& B with horns! "This band has been loads of fun for me and I hope to tap our various strengths to put on great shows for our audiences". Keith and his wife live in Spring Lake with their two boys Jacob and Benjamin.
Paul Wronski plays trumpet, bongos, timbales and other weapons of mass percussion along with vocals. Paul went to Okemos High school outside of East Lansing, Michigan and played in a highly acclaimed high school swing/jazz band that had many fine musicians. That band routinely gigged in the area and consequently opened for a few big names such as Stan Kenton, Buddie Rich, Lionel Hampton, Maynard Ferguson, and Count Basie. His desire to get back up on stage and play in a horn based band developed into the seven piece SOUL'D OUT BAND. Paul and his wife Sherri live in a log home in Grand Haven Township with their three dogs and two cats. Paul has two boys that both play trumpet and lead guitar in separate bands and he has a beautiful and talented daughter that sings and plays piano.
Dana D Lasswell is the newest addition to the horn section and plays soprano, tenor and baritone saxes. He loves playing all styles of music and concentrates mostly in jazz and rock. After graduating from Muskegon H. S. and Western Michigan University with a bachelors in music, he auditioned and was accepted in the United States Navy band where he traveled worldwide. His favorite duty stations were Naples Italy and Yokosuka Japan where he didnít appreciate sushi at first but when his 3 year tour of the Orient was over, he was hooked!!! In 2004 after 20 years of service he retired and began a 6 year stint during the winter months as a show band musician for Carnival Cruise lines. Dana especially enjoyed the Broadway style shows in the main theatres which featured the band, singers, and dancers usually dressed in scanty feather and bikini burlesque costumes. His favorite destinations were Cozumel Mexico and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He lives in Muskegon and spends most of the summer months riding his Harley Davidson Ultra Classic screaminí eagle, travelling with his Silverado truck camper or fishing from his four winns inboard outboard motor boat. He is an active member of Rolling Thunder Inc., a POW/MIA veteranís issues group.
Practice makes Perfect!