Playing drums, singing backup vocals and interacting with the audience, Tim Kelly is truly a guy who makes you feel free to groove about the cabin. Widely known in the Kansas City area’s music community, Tim has played the better part of 20 years, including a stint with the Lonnie Ray Blues Band.
Tim also serves as band manager, booking agent and social director. His relentless energy toward the local scene has helped many KC-area musicians perform and share their best stages tales with each other.
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Dave “The Candyman” Swiercinsky propels the Groove Pilots on bass and backing vocals. The Candyman has classical training on both the upright bass and the French Horn. On stage, he plays a variety of 4-string, 5-string and upright basses.
Dave's additional duties include setting up the band’s sound system, so he has become the closest thing the Groove Pilots have to a mechanic.
Terry Gann adds lead guitar and vocals. He started playing professionally at age 15, and began touring the Midwest during his senior year in high school. Terry played with "JTN," which won the Miller High Life Rock to Riches Talent Search in Kansas City (the same year Bon Jovi won in New York, proving once again that location is everything!) His other bands have included The Truth, Broken Toys, The Members, Four Out of Five Dentists, The Cats, True Stories, Plain Jane, Jupiter Blue, Tequila Mockingbird, The Retro Rockets and a dozen other projects long forgotten.
In 1985 Terry also started playing as a "one man band" and still does. Terry moved to Topeka in 1986 and worked as a videographer and commercial jingle writer. In 1987 (when MTV played music), MTV Basement Tapes had Terry in one of its video contests, and he took second place.
In 2008 Terry signed with Retrospect Records, an online label focused on re-releasing hard to find recordings from the 1980s. The company re-released Terry's "If You're Listenin,'" which was only out on cassette back in 1989. The re-release includes a second disc of music videos.
Since he often becomes confused in large airports, Dave "Boz" Bostwick puts more emphasis on the groove and less emphasis on the pilot. Boz has spent many years working on his groove with cover and original bands. His current solo effort, recorded with plenty of help from the Groove Pilots, is titled Inspired by True Events. Boz was a founding member of 5 Man Trio, an acoustic folk/rock/blues group based in southern Kansas. 5 Man Trio recorded two albums: the self-produced You Do the Math followed by Roam With the Buffalo. The second album is still available through most major digital distribution sites, including iTunes. With the Groove Pilots, Boz tries to pick whichever instrument a song needs most: guitar, harmonica, or keyboard.
Boz also serves as the band's webmaster, so any feedback should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.