Who is SPLASH! ?
SPLASH! is a 4-piece high energy dance band based out of the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area. Each veteran musician knows what it takes to bring a crowd to it's feet. Their performances are designed to get people dancing and enjoying life. They mix popular dance music with their own brand of originals to create an atmosphere that's sure to put a smile on your face. Here's some back ground on the members:
Ron Zara - Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar
Ron was born in Morgantown, West Virginia into a very talented musical family. He started singing at age 3 and picked up the guitar at age 9. He lived Southern Illinois during his high school years, performing at street festivals and nightclubs by age 15. He also won numerous vocalist awards at state sanctioned singing competitions. After relocating to Myrtle Beach, SC he worked 7 years as the lead singer and guitarist for "The Bounty Hunters", the house band at the world famous "Bowery" (Home of country music super-group Alabama). Ron has also worked with many national recording acts such as T. Graham Brown, Confederate Railroad, Exile, Junior Brown, The Warren Brothers, Ricochet.
Bland Sawyer - Keyboards, Vocals & Guitar
Originally from Elizabeth City, NC, multi- keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist Bland Sawyer has been a full time musician his entire life. After majoring in music at UNC-CH in the 70's, he spent 13 years on the road with NC rock group Sidewinder. This top grossing touring band made it all the way to the finals of Star Search on the first season in 1983, and they still perform reunion shows a few times each year. In the 90's and 00's he performed with Raleigh, NC party band The Fabulous Shades as well as Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band Tuesday's Gone. After relocating to Ocean Isle Beach, NC in 2008, he has now been a part of the beach music/variety market for 8 years, performing with the Tim Clark Band and the Mark Roberts Band.
Jeff Sanson: Drums & Vocals
Jeff is a rock-solid singing drummer from a talented musical family. Born and raised in the Catskill Mountains of New York, he found is way to Myrtle Beach,SC where he was the "house drummer" at the famous "Beachwagon" for 8 years. While there playing with the band "Silver", Jeff worked with many artists: Vince Gill, Keith Urban, Montgomery Gentry, The Bellamy Brother, just to name a few. His playing is dripping with groove and his performance is very fun to watch. He knows all the tricks. Jeff is also is a songwriter. music producer and plays many other instruments. He has written, performed, and recorded several complete CDs entirely by himself. Amazing!
Chuck Ruby: Bass Guitar & Vocals
Chuck is the newest member of SPLASH! He played in and around the Baltimore, MD area from the age of 12 years old. He moved to coastal South Carolina in the 1990's where he continued to paying music and created a bass guitar speaker cabinet company. He has extensive recording and commercial experience and studied live and studio sound engineering.