Chieff Thomas – Vocals, Percussion
Reverend Doyle Thomas, known around here as Chieff, is a native of Danville, Virginia. Chief is trained in woodwinds, percussion and vocals and toured with The Blind Boys of Alabama and Eddie Floyd and worked with Dorothy Norwood on her Grammy-nominated album “God Can.” Also, Chief has conducted radio interviews with Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind and Fire. He’s the pastor of Jerusalem Church and part of his mission is to interpret life’s experiences through song.
Jaye Urgo – Guitar
Connecticut born and raised, Jaye attended William & Mary and quickly decided Virginia was home. In Charlottesville, he has played with Betty Gone Bad, Kendra and the Kingpins, and Jazz Collective #9. Jaye enjoys music ranging from Duke Ellington to James Brown to The Roots. Jaye is a big fan of the New York Yankees. He’s gratified to pay tribute to the great R&B artists by keeping their music alive through Soul Transit.
Larry Miller – Trumpet, percussion
Decatur, Illinois native Larry Miller learned his craft in high school jazz band and also played in the Decatur Brass Quintet. Larry has also played French horn, trombone and percussion. Larry enjoys the Doobie Brothers, Mitch Ryder, and Chaka Kahn. He’s active in the Blue Ridge Rotary Club and is an expert in networking. You can’t argue with Larry’s musical philosophy: “I like to play music that makes people happy.”
Dan Sebring – Bass
Dan is a true renaissance man, capable of playing all manner of stringed instruments, including in classical settings, and even plays saxophone. In addition to Soul Transit, Dan plays in various string quartet settings, plays with a number of groups at Blue Moon Diner, and can be found on Sunday nights at Fellini’s #9, playing a variety of roles with the venerable Hogwaller Ramblers. Dan’s philosophy is to play as much music as possible as long as possible!
Wally White – Keyboards, Vocals, Music Director
Shenandoah Conservatory graduate Wally White has been a fixture on the Charlottesville music scene for many years. Wally has been a high school band director and is current minister of music at his church. Wally has appeared with Bob Hope, was a longtime member of The Houserockers Band, and mans the piano bar at the Aberdeen Barn every other weekend. Wally says he has no hobbies, he’s too busy!
Laura Eways – Vocals
Mike Kruse – Drums
David Sobel – Saxophone
Anita Byers – Vocals
Aaron Spring – Saxophone