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Neal Morse

Neal Morse Neal Morse's career path is full of unexpected twists and turns, sudden changes and pleasant surprises—much like the epic progressive rock compositions for which he has become known. In the mid ‘90s he formed the quirky Spock's Beard, whose debut recording, The Light, was an unexpected success. Over the next 7 years, Spock's Beard released 6 critically acclaimed studio recordings and multiple live recordings while establishing a passionate fan base in the "prog rock" community.

In 2000, he formed the prog supergroup Transatlantic with drumming legend Mike Portnoy (formerly with Dream Theater), Marillion's Pete Trewavas and The Flower Kings' Roine Stolt. In a remarkably brief but productive few days together, they knocked out SMPTe, a richly received, massive work of vintage, long form prog. Two years later, the sophomore release, Bridge Across Forever, solidified Transatlantic's global appeal.

In 2001, Morse shocked his followers with word that he was stepping away from music…with no indication of where he was heading. Morse was now walking an unknown road. After reaching success with Spock's Beard, he was starting all over again, this time boldly declaring his faith and risking fan rejection and financial failure. He needn't have worried. As the Testimony Live DVD triumphantly documented, his solo tour was full of magical moments and was a deeply affirming experience. Morse returned to the studio with Mike Portnoy and touring bass player Randy George to record 2004's One, a conceptual album that was a vast and rewarding work that harkened to new heights beyond his former work. Since then it's been Morse, Portnoy and George on the journey until members, Bill Hubauer and Eric Gillette were added as permanent members of the Neal Morse Band. In another striking move Morse debuted the Grand Experiment as "The Neal Morse Band" A Collective effort that saw a 5 way collaboration between the members. Morse continues to pursue other solo releases as well as maintaining a fan club which puts out content regularaly throughout the year, encompassing all of Morse's ventures.


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Mike Portnoy

Mike Portnoy Mike Portnoy was born on April 20, 1967 and raised in Long Beach, New York, where his interest in music started at an early age. "My father was a rock n' roll disc jockey, so I was always surrounded by music constantly. I had this huge record collection when I was real young and loved the Beatles and then later on Kiss. It was inevitable that I'd become a musician."

Although Mike taught himself how to play the drums, he did take music theory classes in high school. During that time he began playing in local bands Intruder, Rising Power and Inner Sanctum, the latter of which released their own album. Mike left the band after being awarded a scholarship to attend Berklee Music College in Boston.

An avid collector of many things, Mike has a vast array of Dream Theater memorabilia including bootlegs, posters, clippings and everything else under the sun with the band's name on it. He is also responsible for capturing everything the band does on video tape and DAT. His huge video collection includes favorite films as 2001, A Clockwork Orange, Jacob's Ladder and The Wall along with episodes of The Simpsons and memorable boxing matches.

Mike says his biggest influences are Rush drummer Neil Peart and the late Frank Zappa. Other favorites include drummers Terry Bozzio, Vinnie Colaiuta, Simon Philips, John Bonham and Keith Moon and bands such as The Beatles, Queen, Yes, Metallica, Jellyfish, Iron Maiden, U2 and Jane's Addiction. He is also a fan of rap music.


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Randy George

Randy George RANDY GEORGE is an American progressive rock musician/multi-instrumentalist specializing in bass guitar. He is best known for his work on the solo projects of Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock’s Beard) and has been on six studio albums and two live concert DVDs with Morse and world-renowned drummer, Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Dream Theater).

Randy is also a member of the progressive rock band, Ajalon, who captured the attention of Rick Wakeman of Yes fame. Wakeman signed Ajalon to his independent label, Hope Records, in 1996 and the band released their first album, Light at the End of the Tunnel, that same year. Ajalon has recorded three studio albums.

Randy has worked on stage or in the studio with such artists as Rick Wakeman (Yes), Michael Manring, Phil Keaggy, David Ragsdale (Kansas), and Grammy award winning artist Nancy Rumbel (Tingstad & Rumbel), among others.

He has appeared on recordings with Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Steve Hackett (Genesis), Nick D'Virgilio, Dave Meros and Alan Morse (Spock’s Beard), Roine Stolt (Flower Kings, Kaipa, The Tangent), Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X) Adrian Belew (King Crimson), and Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa, Alan Holdsworth).

Completing his oeuvre of recordings are two solo instrumental albums: In the Light of the King’s Countenance (2004), and Action Reaction (2012).


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Bill Hubauer

Bill Hubauer A multi-instrumentalist and vocalist from western Pennsylvania, Bill plays keyboards, guitar, woodwinds and violin. Like his band mate Mike Portnoy, he is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music but left just one year before Mike attended. Some of Bill’s adolescent musical heroes were Kerry Livgren (Kansas), Tony Banks (Genesis), Keith Emerson (ELP), Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs), and despite his questionable 80’s hair and overly sentimental pop sensibilities, Dennis DeYoung (Styx) Joining the Neal Morse Band as a touring member in 2012, Bill contributed significantly to the 2015 release of The Grand Experiment which officially marked the beginning of their creative collaboration as "The Neal Morse Band".

Bill was founding member of the progressive rock band "Ten point Ten" (1996 - 2003) releasing four albums, including the critically acclaimed "12 25" Christmas album. He is also a former member of ApologetiX ("That Christian Parody Band") -- It's kind of like Weird Al Yankovic meets Billy Graham. (2004-2009)

When not working on music, Bill is an avid software developer with software running on more than millions of devices around the world.

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Eric Gillette

Eric Gillette Eric Gillette is best known as the lead guitarist for the Neal Morse Band. In the winter of 2015 they released their highly acclaimed album, "The Grand Experiment" and toured the U.S. and Europe. Eric has gained tons of exposure with this record and has proven to be one of the most exciting new virtuosos in the progressive rock scene.

Eric began playing the piano at the age of four. He then picked up the guitar at the age of twelve and many other instruments along the way. In 2013 Eric was named one of the "Top 7 Guitarists in the Nation" after advancing to the finals in the Guitar Center competition "Guitarmageddon". Some of his early influences include, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Eric Johnson, Andy Timmons, and Metallica. After studying commercial music and recording technology in college Eric began his career in music. Since then Eric has toured all over the world and continues to do so. At the age of 31 he has already been able to work with some of the biggest names in the industry and he is just getting started. When Eric isn't on the road, he is in his studio writing and recording new music, working on other artists projects or even scoring a movie.


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