SunDog Bios

SunDog Band NJ

Debbie

Lead & Backup Vocals, Guitar, Flute, Percussion

Meet SunDog NJ's Good-time Band! Debbie is a classically trained New Jersey musician who began violin at age six and then switched to guitar several years later when she found her passion for rock and country music. She also plays flute and co-writes the band’s original songs. She has been influenced by rock and country rock artists such as The Eagles, The Beatles, E.L.O., C.C.R., Linda Ronstadt, The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, and George Strait. Her love of music and entertaining is at the heart of SunDog’s performance. Deb founded SunDog in 2004, is past President of NJ Event Professionals, and is also the founder of The NJ Musicians Network.

Gear: Guitars - Taylor and Takamine 12-string acoustic-electric, Fender Telecaster, Shure microphones, Armstrong flute.

Chris

Lead/Rhythm/Synthesizer Guitar, Saxophone, Lead & Backup Vocals

Chris has been playing guitar since he was 15 years old. He also plays tenor and alto saxophone. His work on synthesizer guitar and drum machine add instrumentation and effects such as keyboards, horns, strings, and even steel drums and marimbas. Chris also plays bass guitar and co-writes the band’s original songs. His dedication and energy drive SunDog. Chris has been influenced most by Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Gear: Guitars - Fender Strats, Gibson Les Paul, P.R.S., Schecter, Brian Moore synth guitar; Selmer Mark VI Tenor saxophone, Yamaha Custom Z Tenor saxophone, Selmer Alto saxophone, Roland GR-33 guitar synthesizer, Roland SPD-S drum machine, Roland VG-99 Guitar System, BOSS effects, Shure and Samson microphones.

SunDog Band NJ
SunDog Band NJ

Mike

Lead & Rhythm Guitar, Vocals

Growing up hearing his dad’s recording of Eric Clapton’s “Layla” and his aunt’s Led Zeppelin tapes playing, Mike has always had an infatuation with the guitar and music. He took to playing his aunt’s acoustic guitar right away, and when he was 10, she started teaching him basic chords. Shortly after that, his mother and grandmother purchased him an electric guitar start-up kit. Today, Mike is more in love with the guitar and music than ever. His work with SunDog ensures great musical production and unique instrumentation in every song. Mike is also an accomplished bassist and enjoys playing the drums.

Gear: Fender and Chapman guitars, Marshall and Traynor amps with Celestion Vintage 30 speakers. Line 6 H.X. Effects. Mike also proudly uses Keeley Electronics, Boss, M.X.R./Dunlop, Electro Harmonix, and Mooer effect pedals. Mike plays with String Joy strings and picks.

Pat

Bass, Vocals

Pat is a professional musician who plays seven different instruments. A former staff artist for Atlantic Music, Pat has recorded soundtracks for commercials, TV shows and radio jingles. With influences from classical to jazz to rock, Pat has experience playing in various situations including theatre, concerts, clubs, studio and religious organizations. With his busy schedule he still finds time to give private music lessons and fully enjoys sharing the gift of music, especially to younger students.

Gear: Fender, Ibanez, Schecter and Marcus Miller 5, 6 and 7 string bass guitars; Fender and Orange amplifiers; Boss, Rowan and Zoom effects pedal board; DR High Beam round wound, D’Addario half wound and D’Addarioflatwound strings.

SunDog Band NJ
SunDog Band NJ

Richie

Drums, Vocals

Richie is a self taught, play-by-ear drummer who started playing in his grandparents' basement at the age of 6. At the time he used a three piece 1960’s Ludwig kit, which was given to him by his dad. Richie is upbeat and very engaging with the audience and you can tell by his facial expressions that he loves to play. Richie has been influenced by Van Halen, Sammy Hagar, LED Zeppelin, The Cars, The Foo Fighters and The Beatles.

Gear - PDP (DW Drums), DW 7000 bass pedal, Sabian and Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth drum sticks and Sure mics.

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