Unlock the door, buckle up, put it in gear and enjoy the ride with the Capital Region's most authentic sounding Grateful Dead Tribute Band, "The Wheel". Founded in 2010 by Andy Morse looking to play to his roots of years of chasing the Grateful Dead and current incarnations around he formed The Wheel. It's been said the medicine wheel is a "peaceful interaction among all living beings on Mother Earth-it represents harmony, balance and connections." We like to apply that to our live shows. We'd love to see you on August 9th to commemorate Jerry Garcia's life.
Andy Morse: (rhythm guitar and vocals) Known to many a family as Andy "The Music Man" (www.andysings.com) has been a full time musician since 1995 when he hung up his time card and picked up his guitar to become a traveling troubadour bringing music to children and adult lives across the country. Andy's been known to sneak in some GD licks at the family concerts. He also ran large children's activity tents and performed at major rock festivals Gathering of the Vibes, Langerado, Furtherfest and Nateva. Andy studied under Mathew Smith currently of Six String Ranch Studios in Austin TX. Andy also plays with Rainbow Full of Sound.
Bryan Gautie: (lead guitar and vocals) Bryan joined The Wheel in the summer of 2015. His approach to 70's style Jerry leads drives the band down the road to colorful destinations. Bryan unknowingly followed a similar path of Jerry, studying bluegrass and then eventually discovering the music of the Grateful Dead. Gratefully he still has all ten fingers. Bryan has played in Ice Nine, Yukon Cornelius and Slipknot.
Jill Gautie (vocals and percussion) Hmmm her last name is the same as Bryan's! Jill is the other half of the powerful Gautie team and has also performed in many bands over the years. With a song from the soul, a steady beat, and an occasional flowing twirl she's ready to entertain you.
Rick Rothermel (keyboard and vocals) Rick is a tuneful animal at the keys, a foundation in the Capital Region music scene. Rick has played with Yukon Cornelius, School Bus Yellow, Brian Lapoint and many others. Try and stump him on some GD history, you'll never win.
Dave Pallas: (5 string bass) The Dr. is in session! When you're not sitting on the couch in front of him you'll find him supporting the back bone of the beat while adventuring into uncharted waters. No life raft needed. Dave has played in many bands over the years, Duck Duck Goose, The Swing Docs, Missing Link. Andy and Dave have been jamming together since 1985, life long musical friends.
Joe Sorbero (drums and vocals) Joe was born with drums sticks in his hand. Our newest member with a passion for holding down the rhythm like no other. Joe's Dad also a life long drummer helped pave the way that lead him to The Wheel.
Colin MacInnis (saxaphone, flute) Colin also played in Yukon Cornelius with Bryan and Rick. A recently retired High School music teacher of 21 yrs., Colin brings a depth and fluidity to the GD's music that would make Branford smile. Colin studied jazz at Queen College of the City University of NY and music at University of Western Ontario.