Rick Cavender is known to many as the voice and personality behind the Cavender Auto Family of dealerships. True, he works his day job as Dealer Principal at Audi Dominion and has developed a solid reputation as a successful businessman and a caring community leader. In fact, he has been the recipient of the San Antonio Business Journal's "40 Under 40" award and the Jaycee's "Outstanding Young San Antonian." In 2017, Rick was nominated by his fellow Texas Dealers to be one of 49 candidates nationwide for Time Magazine’s Dealer of the Year. Measuring candidates for both business and community involvement, this annual award is one of the automobile industry's most prestigious honors.
Active in the San Antonio community, Rick has served as president of the largest Rotary Club in the world, He chaired the United Way to a record $56 million campaign and has led efforts to build over 20 playgrounds at local elementary schools, churches and public libraries.
But when the lights are turned off in Rick’s showrooms, the stage lights come on and he becomes an energized and talented band leader. When Rick is around you can bet that lightning will strike to make for a great time. "Elvis is in the building!" ....Rick is known as the ultimate "King of Rock 'n Roll." His annual "Tribute to Elvis Presley" to suppoert Autism Research shows drew hundreds of people to Los Barrios La Hacienda each year on the King's birthday. According to Steve Bennett, Assistant Features Editor of the San Antonio Express-News, wrote in his article Musically Geared, "Rick is the man who gets to live out his fantasy." Well, the fantasy has led Rick and his talented six piece band to the top of San Antonio's social calling.
Keith Harter - Lead Guitar
Composer, producer, musician and studio owner, this Virginia native got his first Kay guitar at age 12. Within five short years, Keith was rocking with local bands, often on the road, playing a variety of music styles from country to rock, jazz, R&B and even a little funk. To this day, Keith enjoys playing live music and can be found on stage playing lead guitar with The Rick Cavender Band.
Keith was a music major at James Madison University in Harrisonburg Virginia and studied under Jackie King at the Southwest Guitar Conservatory in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating from SWGC, Keith joined the conservatory's teaching staff, and it was during that time that Keith got the bug for recording and writing commercial music.
In 2001, Keith opened the doors of his own recording studio - Keith Harter Music. Situated in Northeast San Antonio, the studio produces a variety of projects ranging from radio, television commercials and original scores for feature films to album projects produced and recorded by local and national musicians.
While day to day you can find Keith producing or writing music in the studio, his passion remains in playing live music and being part of the energy that comes from being on stage, "keepin' it live" with other musicians.
Rick Ramirez - Music Director, Piano, Keyboards and Vocals
Raised in a strong religious household on the west side of San Antonio, Rick felt artistic influences in ethnic murals, unique food and language, as well as soulful music from the sixties & seventies and regional Mexican music, jazz and classical. After attending the University of Texas at San Antonio, Rick utilized his education in music performance and composition by playing and recording in every musical group and situation he could get involved with. Like the earth after a hill country rain, he immersed himself in a variety of styles ranging from jazz/rock, blues, tejano-conjunto, country, etc. and played in the '80s with more recent generations of The Coasters and The Drifters along with dozens of Texas notables such as Selena, Sunny Ozuna, Rick Cavender, Monte Montgomery, Bobby Flores, Augie Meyers, and the "Miller Lite Tour" featuring Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Who, and Natalie Cole -- you could say Rick kept busy! As a much in-demand session player and music director, Rick traveled extensively across the United States and performed in a USO tour, which went to Japan, Hawaii, the Philippines and Germany.
After a 5-year self-imposed "music sabbatical" in the nineties he came back to where he began his journey – the church. His rediscovery of his religious roots coincided with the need to be in the music scene again.
Rick presently works as Director of Music at St. Joseph Catholic Church - Honey Creek in Spring Branch, Texas, and performs his music ministry at various venues as his schedule with the church and his role as Music Director of the Rick Cavender Band allows.
As an independent recording artist, he has recorded two solo CDs, "Direct My Steps" and "Westside Stories" and has recently released a new CD, "Just As I Am."
Tammy Frost - Drums and Vocals
Music has been a primary interest for Tammy throughout her entire life. Singing and playing music always felt natural and for her has been a constant source of peace and joy. "There's a surreal connection that I find in playing music that I don't find with anything else, and I believe it's a divine gift," says Tammy.
She began banging pots, pans and lids as a toddler, took up guitar in 5th grade and drums in 6th grade, singing all the way.
Tammy began performing publicly at the age of 15 at the famous Luckenbach Dance Hall in Luckenbach, TX, and over 25 years has had the privilege of backing extraordinarily talented performers including Gary P. Nunn, Johnny Rodriguez, Darryl McCall, Flaco Jimenez, and Johnny Bush, to name a few. Tammy has enjoyed opening for acts including Joe Nichols, Gary Allan, Trick Pony, Roy Clark, Charlie Robison, Tracy Byrd, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Rick Trevino and Ray Price.
When not performing with the Rick Cavender Band, Tammy can be found working as Components Manager at A-Lert Building Systems of New Braunfels, Texas, or spending time with her husband, Steve, and their three beautiful children.
Tommy Meneses - Bass and Vocals
Since starting to play the piano from the very young age of 5, Tommy Meneses has always involved himself around music. His dad, whom is still an active working drummer in San Antonio, introduced Tommy to what he calls “awesome classic rock-n-roll”! He fell in love with The Beatles and with the bass guitar at 10 years old.
Along with playing in the concert and marching bands during his school years, Tommy also played in the UTSA jazz band while attending there. He also played bass and sang in his church choirs during his younger years.
Aside from playing in school and church, Tommy started playing bass in his Dad’s band at the young age of 13. Playing the rock-n-roll music he grew up with and even started playing in country bands. Since then Tommy has played with countless bands around the San Antonio area and has even toured with working country artists.
When Tommy is not playing bass, he is a full time piano tuner & technician. He is married to his wife Becca and have three awesome children... Alessa, D.J., & Jude (yes... named after The Beatles song!)