Tenor, Soprano, & Baritone Sax
Ray has been playing music professionally since the early 70's. From 1980 through 1985, Ray toured nationally with the 10 PC. Horn band "Spirit of St. Louis". Since that time, Ray has stayed in the St. Louis area, having played behind legendary musicians such as Ike Turner, Chuck Berry, Solomon Burke, Johnny Rivers, and the great Johnnie "Be Good" Johnson.
Ray is not only one of the most widely recognized instrumental musicians in St. Louis, but he's also a vocalist with the band. Ray's rendition of "What A Wonderful World" in the vocal style of Louis Armstrong is always one of the favorites of our audiences. Couples are drawn to the dance floor and heads always turn to look at the stage since it sounds like Louis has returned. The mother of the bride at one of our performances liked his rendition so much that she had us play it twice!
Ray is also gaining recognition for his work on the soprano saxophone in the style of "Kenny G." This is a great feature as a duo with our pianist during cocktails and/or dinner. He can also perform as a soloist during this period if desired. He has played at many wedding ceremonies, and performed the National Anthem at many events in the area, including the River City Rascals minor league baseball games, the St. Louis Aces World Team Tennis matches, and the Missouri Valley Conference basketball tournament at the Savvis Center.
Ray was formerly with the Smash Band since its inception and is now back with Spectrum. He's very proud of his association with the Rams, the Cardinals, the Blues, and especially the other musicians he has had the privilege to perform with during that period. One of his highlights was performing in front of over 200,000 joyous Rams' fans at the Super Bowl rally at Kiener Plaza following the Rams' victory over the Titans.
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