Michael has bee a mainstay on the Eugene music scene in various guises for 30-plus years. He’s traveled internationally backing artists, as well as playing styles of music from Country to Rock to Jazz, Folk, and Rhythm and Blues.
He’s also spent some time, along with Ray Brassfield, working with the great drummer Donny Osbourne (Mel Torme) & Paul Cotton (Poco). He’s worked in video and radio production and as a session musician on numerous albums by local artists. His experience shows with soulful singing and jazz-influenced guitar riffs.
Ray played his first bass gig in 1968 at a bar in Junction City appropriately named “The Junction House”. Since then he has been performing at a variety of venues, including bars, taverns, churches, coffee houses and restaurants.
In the early 70’s, he played at The Renaissance Faire, which is now known as The Oregon Country Fair, with a locally popular group, Magpie. They helped usher in the use of amplified music which was pretty much organic/acoustic prior to that time.
He has performed with different groups at The Jamboree held in Sweet Home, Oregon., as well as numerous county fairs.
He has performed with The Paul Cotton Band—Paul was with Poco, a national act for many years.
He is somewhat stylistically diverse, having played country, rock, blues, jazz, folk, and he continues to explore musical opportunities.
Theo Halpert is a recognized musician from the Northwest music scene. He has a wealth of experience as a drummer, pianist and studio artist.
Through many years teaching and playing music, Theo has shared the stage with many of the greats in the area including Reeble Jar, Medium Troy, Michael Tracey and the Hi-Tones and Norma Fraser.
His ability to play a variety of genres, including Rock and Roll, Funk, Jazz and Latin, makes him a sought after artist in the regional scene.