Jeff Ayers was born & raised in the WNC Foothills in the rural city of Marion, North Carolina where he began his labor of love as a saxophonist. He currently plays both tenor and alto saxophones with the Gotcha Groove Band. He has been playing professionally for about 20 years. Previous experience includes performing as a saxophonist and vocalist with the band Blues Kravin' during which time he shared the stage with the Allman Brothers Band, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Walter Trout, Grammy Award winners Shamekia Copeland & Buddy Guy, .38 Special, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Double Trouble, Eddie Clearwater, Marcia Ball, Bobby Rush, and several others. While a member of Blues Kravin', the band won several regional blues competitions and competed in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN twice. Jeff also contributed as a saxophonist for Raleigh-based cover band Low-End High, Polecat Fisher and the Rank Outsiders on honky-tonk sax and as a volunteer for the Foothills Community Band and Theatre.
Michael Rouse plays trumpet in Gotcha Groove, the Blue Ridge Brass, a symphony orchestra, a jazz orchestra, and is a professional special event planner in Asheville, NC. He started playing trumpet in Middle School and was fortunate to have incredible public school band directors like the world renowned jazz trombonist and educator Tom Smith at Wake Forest Middle School, and North Carolina's greatest high school band director, David Rockefeller at Enloe High School in Raleigh. One of his most rewarding musical experiences was playing in an all-star jazz band directed by the late tenor saxophonist and Duke University jazz professor, Paul Jeffrey. Michael graduated from high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the "Julliard of the South." There he was fortunate to study trumpet with the great Ray Mase, who still leads the brass department at Julliard in NYC. Michael also studied orchestral conducting at NCSA with Peter Perret and played in the Jazz Band under the direction of Ron Rudkin. He spent his undergraduate and graduate school years at the Hartt School (of Music) at the University of Hartford in Connecticut studying Music History, Music Theory, trumpet and conducting. His trumpet teacher at Hartt was Roger Murtha and his conducting mentors included the late Arthur Winograd (orchestral), Stanley DeRusha (wind ensemble), the late Kurt Klippstatter (opera) as well as Gerald Mack (choral). Other trumpet teachers over the years have included Timothy Stewart and Paul Randall, both members of the NC Symphony Orchestra, Uncle Willie Thomas (jazz) at Cannon Music Camp in Boone, NC and Jim Ketch who still teaches trumpet and leads the Jazz Studies program at UNC-Chapel Hill. Please contact Michael for booking Gotcha Groove for your next private event, concert or festival. He can be best reached by e-mailing: email@example.com
Ronnie Taylor. After hearing Jimi Hendrix's first album in a friend’s basement, Ronnie’s life was forever changed. Christmas that year brought a $59 Tiesco Del Ray guitar (without an amp) and he has never looked back. Many guitars and many amps later he loves his life as lead guitarist for Gotcha Groove. Ronnie’s great attention to detail and the ability to reproduce those classic solos as well as improvise makes him a true musician’s musician. Contributing to his success was the good fortune to study under locally respected guitar instructors, the late Tim Hayden and Mike Barnes. Over the last four decades Ronnie has covered a multi state area playing music centers such as Nashville, Tennessee and Macon, Georgia and trading licks with the late great George Jones and the infamous Jerry Lee Lewis, also members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Doc Holliday and Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose. Ronnie has been a local favorite for many years with bands such as Cahoots and SideStreet. He also held down the lead guitar in the LegendsBand. Influenced by the greats, Richie Blackmore, Larry Carlton and Steve Lukather as well as the southern rock sounds of Dickie Betts and Toy Caldwell, Ronnie strives each and every day to become a better player than he was the day before. Ronnie is thankful for the opportunity to take the stage with this most amazing group of talented musicians that have come together purely for their love of the craft and a desire to bring the absolute best to each and every audience they play before.
Michael Rouse plays trumpet and flugelhorn in Gotcha Groove.
Band Member Bios
Jeff Ayers plays Tenor & Alto Sax and sings in Gotcha Groove.
Ronnie Taylor plays guitar and sings backup in Gotcha Groove.