Andy Hill / Guitar and Vocals ~ Andy played with Khan, John Gladstone and Rick Fraley in the Gladstone Band prior to the formation of Pacific Orchestra. When Pacific Orchestra recorded their first album, Midnight Magic, Andy played lead guitar and sang, greatly enhancing the project.
Antonio Abate / Vocals ~ Pacific Orchestra first met Antonio in Key West where he was a DJ working under the pseudonym of "Tony London" on radio station WKWF. Antonio moved to New York City at the same time that Pacific Orchestra relocated to Brooklyn. He toasted live at many gigs with the band, including a memorable night at NYC's Roxy Roller Rink.
Carl Dean / Drums ~ Carl was Pacific Orchestra's first drummer. He brought a Motown swing to the band.
Charles McFarlan / Drums ~ Charles was a professional musician who played in the Lake Geneva Playboy Club house band. He played drums on the Midnight Magic album and later performed with the band in Key West during a run at Sloppy Joe's.
Chuck Talbert / Trumpet and Flugelhorn ~ Chuck was in the Air Force stationed in Key West during the years that he performed with Pacific Orchestra. His style and brisk showmanship broadened the band's appeal.
"Conga George" Terzis / Congas, Timbales, Trap Drums, Harmonica, Shake-a-ree, and Cabasa ~ Conga George was a long time member of the band. He played trap drums for a period of time during which John Lee Hooker praised his playing. George's killer rhythms can be heard on the Cosmo Girl single and the Electricity EP.
"Conga Jim" Van Den Akker / Congas and Percussion ~ Jim was the band's first percussionist. During the time that he performed in Pacific Orchestra he ran an all girl percussion school and dormitory.
Danny Miller / Bass and Vocals ~ Danny was playing bass with reggae star Max Romeo when they shared the bill with Pacific Orchestra at the 9:30 Club in DC. Danny, who also lived in Brooklyn, soon was lending his steady bass playing and high harmonies to the band.
David "Khan" Johnson ~ Vocals and Guitar
David Solomon / Drums ~ David came from Colorado to play a season at Sloppy Joe's.
Dwayne Hitt / Sound Engineer ~ Up from Atlanta, Dwayne mixed the band live when Face switched from the soundboard to the bass.
Dwight Washington / Congas ~ Dwight played congas for a season at Capt. Tony's Saloon.
Ed Tossing / Piano ~ Ed played superlative piano and organ on the Midnight Magic album. He also served as an arranger who helped form the original songs into shape.
Gene Taylor / Drums ~ Gene was a Key West local who joined the band with Kenny the keyboardist.
Ivan Rodriguez / Drums ~ When Khan heard Ivan playing in a club in Greenwich Village, he asked if he would consider playing with Pacific Orchestra. Fortunately he did and he brought his hard reggae rhythms to the band for several years.
Jeremy Wall / Keyboards ~ Jeremy, a member of the contemporary jazz group Spyro Gyra, was a friend of Conga George. George asked Jeremy if he would join the band in the studio to help produce the Electricity record and Jeremy said that he would. His piano performace on Black Star Line and synthesizer groove on Silver and Gold took the music to a new level.
Jim Ward / Guitar and Vocals ~ Jim's stunning guitar work gave Pacific Orchestra a push in the rock direction. He sang like a bird and wrote some great songs.
Joe Grassi / Guitar and Vocals ~ Joe joined Pacific Orchestra as soon as he was old enough to get into the bars. A Cape May local, his first Pacific Orchestra gig was a month in St. Croix. He performed with the band for years and can be heard on the Infinity Ship and Hold Tight records. Please note his "Love Attack" solo on the Hold Tight album.
John Gladstone / Flute, Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax, Keyboards, Dulcimer, Squeezebox, Piccolo, and Vocals
John Hoffman / Tuba ~ John spent a brief but memorable time as Pacific Orchestra's greatest tuba player.
John Jones / Sound Engineer ~ John is a Key West citizen who mixed the sound for Pacific Orchestra during their first season at Sloppy Joe's. He also played a mean harmonica.
Keith DeBolt / Bass and Vocals ~ Pacific Orchestra first met Keith in his home town of Lake Geneva, WI where he worked at the studio where Midnight Magic was recorded. He laid out that album's artwork and later played bass on the single version of Rakatoomee. When the band called him from Brooklyn asking for his services, he came out with his bass and brought a new wave edge which refreshed the sound.
Kenny Poe / Hammond Organ and Synthesizer ~ Kenny was a Key West local who, in addition to his huge Hammond organ, had one of the first synthesizers in Key West, which gave the Pacific Orchestra sound a new dimension.
Les McKenzie / Bass ~ Les was from Trinidad and added sweet Caribbean bass.
Louie Vega / Bass ~ Louie was Pacific Orchestra's first bass player. His Puerto Rican heritage and love of salsa music gave the band a Latin feel.
Mike Rotondo / Percussion ~ Mike's percussion playing had a unique rock edge.
Murray Milner / Cabasa ~ Murray and his cabasa graced the band's stage up and down the east coast.
Nick Ruggieri / Drums ~ Based in DC, Nick played with the band for several years. He can be heard on the Hold Tight album.
Paul Triff / Drums ~ Paul joined Pacific Orchestra in its final years. His drumming leaned toward hard rock which gave the band a good push.
Ricardo / Percussion ~ Ricardo was a native New Yorker who, during his time with the band, played when Pacific Orchestra performed at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge on the day of its hundred year birthday celebration.
Richie Ciavolino / Drums ~ Richie joined Pacific Orchestra in the late 1970s when he was nineteen. His steady and exciting drumming rooted the band for many years. He is heard on the Infinity Ship and Electricity records.
Rick Fraley / Vocals, Bass, Guitar and Percussion ~ Before Pacific Orchestra, Rick had performed in Key West with Khan in the band Showdown. Rick and Khan later joined with John to form the Gladstone Band in Washington DC. By the time that Rick arrived back in Key West and Pacific Orchestra was rolling, the musical bond between the three was already in place. Soulful and romantic, Rick's natural talents were a musical glue that held the Key West group's sound together. In the early 1980s, when the band relocated to Brooklyn, he opted to remain in Key West. He appeared on the Midnight Magic, Cosmo Girl, and Hold Tight records.
Shel / Piano ~ Shel performed for a season with the band at Sloppy Joe's in Key West.
"Spins Nitely" / Vocals and Guitar ~ Spins was the house DJ at Shennanigan's in Sea Isle City, NJ, where he first fell in the with the Pacific Orchestra rude crew. Over many years he has shared his talents with the band's audience as an Emcee and musician. He recently joined the band onstage at their 2011 reunion at J.C. Dobbs lending his sweet voice to the proceedings.
Steve "Face" Fuchs / Bass, Vocals and Sound Engineer (Dubmaster) ~ Steve's history with Pacific Orchestra is long and winding. His first job was moving their equipment up and down Duval Street. He soon took control of the sound board and became a master of the Space Echo Tape Delay device, adding superlative dub effects to the live mix. He sang high harmonies at live shows from a microphone at the mixing console. Secretly practicing the bass, he stepped up and performed at a gig when the scheduled bassist did not appear. From that day forward he served with his Ampeg SVT bass amp at his back. Face can be heard on the Electricity, Infinity Ship and Hold Tight records.
Steve York / Bass ~ Steve came from Marianne Faithfull's band, playing in the era between Keith DeBolt and Danny Miller. He was an Englishman who loved Old Peculiar Ale.
Tim / Electric Violin ~ Tim was brought to the budding Pacific Orchestra by Louie Vega. Inspired by the frantic jazz performances of Jean Luc Ponty, Tim would play his custom solid body violin through a wah wah pedal. The uncomplex music of Pacific Orchestra quickly bored him and he moved on.
Tom Cucinotta / Bass ~ Tom attended Pacific Orchestra shows on the Jersey Shore when he was too young to drink. In addition to playing with his brother Dean in their band In the Red, he joined Pacific Orchestra in the late 1980s and played throughout the group's last years together.
Tracey Williams / Vocals ~ Tracey came to Brooklyn with Keith. Her beautiful voice was a solid addition to the band and she was the featured vocalist on many songs.