Raised on classic and original music by his father, and exposed to jazz, and classic and hard rock by his peers and siblings, Jon took to keyboards at an early age, playing mainly for fun, while focusing on trumpet through his college years and beyond. John was lead trumpet for the University of Texas at Arlington’s Jazz Band, led by Steve Wiest of Maynard Ferguson fame. Jon also played for Texas Weslyan College’s Jazz Band, and later did a stint with the band Latin Express.
Eventually Jon would gravitate back to keyboards, as opportunities to play with several local Dallas classic rock cover bands presented themselves. Also with the ability to play guitar, Jon became a multi-instrumentalist, sometimes playing two or three instruments during a single show.
Jon has played many of the popular music venues and clubs in Texas with bands including Last Call, The Tim Roberts Band, Relentless, and 3 Nutz n a Jam, to name but a few, and he has also recorded with Chuck Rainey, Steely Dan’s former Bassist.
In 2014 Jon met Doyle Maston and Greg Holman from the established Pink Floyd tribute band Lone Star Floyd and the connection was instantaneous, and while it took several years to get things off the ground, Maston and Holman both knew that Jon had to be the keyboardist for their next Pink Floyd tribute, Texas Floyd.
An audio producer/engineer and sound designer, Jon plays Roland keyboards exclusively, currently using and X6 and an FA08, primarily with custom patches. Jon likes cookies and is currently pursuing a Duct Tape endorsement (“I use that $#!+ on everything!”).
Greg began his musical career as a drummer and after college began playing around the Dallas music scene with such bands as The Schizoids, Social Decay, The Corps, Group Six, Moving Colors, and Robert Lee Kobb and the Local Heroes.
In the early ‘90s Greg joined the band Casting Shadows, along with bass player Doyle Maston, and together they garnered quite a local following, releasing several albums and recording movie and television commercial soundtracks. They opened for Carlos Santana at Dallas’ Starplex Arena and won national acclaim on the syndicated “Blues Deluxe” radio show with their single “The Price You Pay.” A year later Greg went to Nashville to record at Nightingale Studios with Dolly Parton’s band, as a lead vocalist.
Greg has a unique vocal range and is able to cover both David Gilmour and Roger Waters’ vocal parts. He has sung with a number of cover and tribute bands, including the award-winning Classic Steel. Greg is also a pop-culture expert and a television personality, currently co-staring in VH-1’s “For What It’s Worth,” and Ty Pennington’s prime-time ABC special “The Great Big American Auction.” He also appears on A&E’s “Storage Wars: Texas” and a number of other shows.
Doyle has been performing music professionally as a saxophonist, bassist, and vocalist for more than 35 years. As a bassist, he has been a member of numerous Dallas/Ft. Worth area bands including former local favorites The Amazing Hypnophones and Casting Shadows (with Greg Holman), and as a saxophonist he has performed with such notables as Maynard Ferguson, the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, and others.
He has formal training in music theory and in ensemble performance, and is well versed in a broad spectrum of musical styles, genres, and playing/performance methodologies. He has taught beginner and intermediate bass guitar techniques for many years, and has many former students that have gone on to become professional musicians in their own right. Don’t let the big guy scare ya… he’s really just a big teddy bear!
Phil Claiborne got his musical start in his hometown of Keokuk, IA. The Beatles and Elvis were Phil’s early musical influences, with the bonus that when they played on the Ed Sullivan Show, it was on one of the two TV channels received by Keokuk rabbit-ear antennas. Later Phil would be inspired by the styling’s of Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Steve Morse, and many others including David Gilmour.
In 1984, Phil moved to the San Francisco Bay Area with his Kansas City band Phil N’ The Blanks. He relocated to Dallas in ’94, where he has wowed audiences with a variety of guitar sounds and styles ranging from old school funk to country, and from classic rock and blues to surfer medleys. He reproduces the sound and skills of David Gilmour with amazing accuracy. You’ll be amazed! Really!!