Upper Room Band plays Rock and Roll
The Upper Room Band plays Rock and Roll from the 50s, 60s, 70s. Over the past 5 years we have been performing at most of the RV Resorts and local restaurants in Yuma. With a song list of over 300 songs we work hard to please our listeners. We have placed 2nd and 3rd in the Yuma Suns “Best in Yuma” program in the past and continue to maintain a high level of professionalism. We look forward to entertaining you at your dance or function and we are proud to be a member of the Chamber of Commerce here in Yuma.
We play a variety of music and songs. Let us play for you!
Contact us today to schedule a date – for bookings please phone 928.366.0134 or 928.345.1663.
Meet the Upper Room Band Members
Born and raised on Long Island New York and graduated West Islip High School. went to Vietnam in 1970 and moved to California shortly after that. Majored in Criminology at Fresno State and Retired from the Fresno County Sheriff Dept. after 22 years. Moved to Yuma Az to enjoy the weather and heat and will stay here forever. My music career started in 7th grade and had the opportunity to play in the 1964 Worlds Fair. Had a small band in High School and pretty much tinkered in music until about 10 years ago when my wife Peggy who I have been with for over 25 years, wanted me to join the church band and play on Sundays. That is where I met Ken and Tom in the church band and it all came together and with Gods help we made great music together and feel it is what we should be doing. I am blessed to be able to play with such talented people and enjoy what God has given us and express our talents through song.
My first drum set was given to me by my Grandfather for Christmas. It was a Slingerland Pink Champagne set. I think my Dad was not too pleased that Christmas. I had a black pearl set in Fresno and then my last set is another Pearl set. sessions custom.
I grew up in a musical home in Yuma, Arizona, where my Dad was a church music minister for many years. But it was a high school friend, Mark Spencer, who recruited my brother and I to learn an instrument and play in a band. Mark was an accomplished pianist and a great teacher. He set a goal of playing for a school-wide talent show after just two months together. (We won it) After graduating Arizona Western College with a degree in electronics in 1972, I did the sensible thing and joined a rock band that went on the road. Lots of road, lots of playing, and a pretty fair amount of drugs. But I felt the Lord gently reeling me back in, and eventually found myself back in Yuma, married to a great woman, and playing music in church. I was a senior water treatment operator for the City of Yuma for 31 years, and retired in 2006. It’s been a great joy to serve in my church’s music programs, often singing with my wife and daughter, and playing guitar with my son, who is an excellent drummer. I also enjoy song writing, with many of my efforts on YouTube. Herb, Danny, Tom, Frank and I have a great time playing in Upper Room, and we look forward to sharing music with as many people as possible.
I grew up all over the United States. My father was a Border Patrol Agent who started on the Canadian boarder. I was born in Vermont, moved to Texas, Arizona, and then Virginia. While in high school in Virginia my friends and I started a Rock and Roll band and played for a few dances. I then returned to Arizona to go to college, got married and joined the Yuma Police Department, retiring after 20 years. During this time I found an old bass guitar at a pawn shop, bought it, and began playing in a gospel band. I have been playing the bass ever since and was asked to join the worship band at church. It was here that I met up with Ken and Herb and after several years we decided to do music together. The pawn shop bass wore out and with Ken’s help I found a new one that has taken its place. Enjoy playing the oldies with Ken and Herb and hope that we can bring that joy to others, bring back those fond memories.
I have been playing music since I was 18. Like Ken, I was also taught to play bass guitar by Mark Spencer and cut my teeth playing in the Flagstaff area where I went to college. After a stint in the Navy, I returned to school and earned a teacher’s certificate which landed me a job in North Las Vegas teaching social studies. Returning to Flagstaff after 2 years, my wife and I managed a motel while I went to school at nights. Next up was a position as a supervisor and eventually Operations Manager at Walgreen’s Distribution Center. In 1986 we returned to Yuma where we have been ever since. I have played bass for the original Ligurta Underpass and fills in for the band at Christ Lutheran Church. Playing with Upper Room is a great pleasure and a heck of a lot of fun.
I was born in Calgary and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. Music became a focal point in my life replacing hockey, after a number of my friends began taking lessons. We were all inspired by the Beatles in the mid-sixties. I recall playing guitar on a tennis racquet in my basement. University was interrupted by playing in a band ‘Laura Vinson and Red Wyng’ for 20 years. We traveled throughout Canada, with brief engagements in the States and Europe. Following this I instructed tennis in the summer months for 3 years while completing my Education Degree at the University of Alberta. I then taught music to elementary school children for 20 years. During this period I continued to play in a band “Blueprint’. So music and tennis have been central themes throughout my life. It was at the Friendship Park tennis courts here in Yuma that I first met Tom Fell. During a conversation he mentioned his band Upper Room. As destiny and perhaps divine intervention would have it, I have become the fifth member of the group.