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Rick Cavender - Lead Vocalist, Guitar

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. 

 


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.

 

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Reg Warren – Lead Guitar

 

A Texas native, guitar related music has always been an interest to Reg.  He started playing at the age of 13.  He is a self-taught musician, learning by listening to albums and occasionally watching someone on television.  With no video games or YouTube available Reg would listen and practice copying other musicians sometimes as much as six hours a day.

 

After learning that the school jazz band needed a guitar player, Reg tried out and got the position and continued playing through school for six years competing in state compositions.

 

At the age of sixteen Reg began making money playing in bars with other musicians.  He also spent many years playing in Texas dance halls, covering everything from George Strait to White Snake.  He has been fortunate enough to play with some national touring artists and even backed up a platinum country recording artist.

 

He enjoys watching live music and considers influences would be anyone that plays the instrument well and inspires him to practice and learn something new

 

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Pat Carey - Bass Guitar

Pat Carey is a musician/bassist living in San Antonio, Texas. Married and musical partner to vocalist extraordinaire, MiChelle Garibay-Carey (Love Dance CD). Formally educated at San Antonio College, Southwest Texas State University and University of Miami (Fla.). Also educated at the school of hard knocks, Los Angeles, CA (1980’s). Early in his career, Pat was fortunate to have done tours with Della Reese, Buddy Greco, John Gary and Marilyn Mae. With Buddy Greco, Pat had the great fortune to play with life long friend and great drummer/percussionist Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon), who later played on MiChelle and Pat’s arrangement of The Little Drummer Boy (feat. Jamey Haddad). In Pat’s L.A. days, he had the good fortune to have played with The Coasters, The Platters, Ann Margaret, Joan Baez, Jose Feliciano, Billy Tragesser (Billy T), Don Randi and Quest, Justo Almario, Buck Clarke, Russ Freeman, Gerald Albright, George Cables, Vinnie Colaiuta, Pat Kelley, Larry Klimas and Vince Charles. Pat also partnered up with drummer/studio owner/ producer Mark Evans (Christopher Paris Productions) to write, arrange and produce music for radio, TV and film. Family matters necessitated a move back to San Antonio, where Pat’s career continued. In San Antonio, Pat met and married MiChelle Garibay-Carey where they formed their 1st band Planet Soul, then p.m. soul and p.m. jazz, which were San Antonio favorites for over 25 years. Pat served as bassist, music director and contractor (San Antonio, TX) for Richard Elliot, Jessy J, Paul Brown, Everette Harp, Eric Darius, Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole, Kim Waters, Chris Geith, Nick Colionne, Nils, Eric Marienthal, Warren Hill, Jackiem Joyner, Althea Rene, Rick Braun, Elan Trotman, Brian Simpson, 480 East, Jonathan Fritzen, Matt Marshak, Unam, Marion Meadows, Euge Groove, Vincent Ingala, Peter White, Doc Powell, Chase Huna, Blake Aaron, Craig Chaquico, Roman Street, Paul Taylor, Paula Atherton, Tom Braxton, Cindy Bradley, Adam Hawley, Greg Manning, Jeff Ryan, Will Donato and Nelson Rangell. Pat also served as church musical director at Travis Park UMC (7 years) and Oxford UMC (15 years). Pat and MiChelle have recently been collaborating with Grammy nominated jazz drummer Gerry Gibbs and smooth jazz saxophonist Billy Ray Sheppard. Pat and MiChelle have self produced their own singles The Little Drummer Boy (feat. Jamey Haddad), Don’t Forget The CHRIST in CHRISTmas, Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly (dedicated to Chick Corea), I Just Want Christmas With You, The Love Of Love (YouTube) and Take Me By The Heart (YouTube)