Parkersburg, W.Va. 2/12/13 – Don’t miss a high-energy show as tribute band The WannaBeatles performs at West Virginia University at Parkersburg Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. The concert takes place in the College Activities Center and is sponsored by the college’s Student Engagement and Activities organization.
Playing to standing ovations, the WannaBeatles is creating a bit of “Beatlesmania” of their own. The WannaBeatles consists of award-winning and talented music producers, arrangers, studio players and singers. Band members include: Dennis Scott (guitar, synth, vocals), Bryan Cumming (saxophone, guitar, flute, vocals), Nathan Burbank (keyboards, vocals, bass) and David Toledo (drums, percussionist, vocalist).
During their first “all Beatles” gig together, it was love at first note. Since then, the WannaBeatles have developed a following of regulars who look forward to the band’s own special version of the “British Invasion.” Two-time Grammy- and Emmy-winning composer and producer, Dennis Scott’s songs have been recorded by such artists as Ray Charles, Faith Hill, Alison Krauss, Sugarland, Amy Grant and many others. His music has been featured on shows such as “Sesame Street,” “Guiding Light” and “Who’s the Boss.”
Raised in a musical family, Bryan Cumming grew up playing Dixieland jazz and singing harmony on Beatles songs with his brothers. He toured and recorded with Martin Mull, then moved to L.A. in 1976, where he joined Billy Vera and the Beaters, with whom he played on the number one single “At This Moment.” While in L.A. he toured and recorded with such artists as David Soul, Maria Muldaur, Supertramp, The Pointer Sisters, Al Jarreau, The Ohio Players, and Anne Murray.
With a Masters in pipe organ from Northwestern University, Nathan Burbank is the classical organist for the Temple Church, a large, dynamic, predominantly gospel-oriented congregation in Nashville. As a songwriter, he has had songs recorded by Hosanna Integrity and the Belmont Church of Nashville. He orchestrates, arranges, accompanies, and writes for the fine arts department of Christ Presbyterian Academy, where he has underscored productions of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and “Much Ado about Nothing.”
David Toledo is a multi-instrumentalist with a master’s degree in arranging from the prestigious University of Miami jazz program. He has been professionally active since age 14, playing, recording, directing, teaching and writing. He has instructed music at the college level and has also taught at the BGA Music Camp for five years.
Tickets for the WannaBeatles performance at WVU Parkersburg are $10 for the general public and $5 for students, faculty and staff (limit 2). Tickets are available in the college business office (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) or by calling 304-424-8223. Credit cards are accepted. For more information contact Student Activities at 304-424-8309.