Thurman Brothers 2022

Since 1990, the four oldest Thurman brother musicians; Dave, Jack, Randy and Rob have been entertaining music fans as The Thurman Brothers Band. Throughout their 30+ years performing, other Niagara Falls musicians have been added to their group starting with the talented guitarist/singer Joe Mombrea and bassist Steve Carveth. Born in Canada, the four brothers moved with their parents and younger siblings to Niagara Falls New York in 1966. They were raised in a home that encouraged music. Both parents were active in the community especially the Niagara Falls Little Theatre. Their dad, Don was well known for singing the National Anthem at Niagara University games and their mom, Theresa is credited for teaching her children to sing. All nine of their children (6 boys and 3 girls) are musically talented and are actively performing and/or teaching music. As a band, the brothers have been mainstay performers at numerous live venues throughout Western New York.

They have had several successful ticket shows in larger venues to include The Rapids Theater, Buffalo’s Tralf Music Hall and in 2019, were selected to open for Foreigner at Artpark in Lewiston. Repeatedly, they have performed in the Niagara Falls Blues Festival, Town of Niagara’s Pride in the Park and Music Mania Mondays among other festivals, sharing the stage with national/international acts such as Pat Travers, Rick Derringer, Derrek Trucks, Jeff Healy and Kim Mitchell. Additionally, they have played numerous benefits donating their time and talents to help out causes, people, clubs and local charities. As for touring, the Thurman Brothers band toured up and down the East Coast during the 90’s. Lead vocalist and guitarist Dave and drummer Rob were in the progressive rock band ‘Real Eyes’ in the 80’s and Brother Jack was playing guitar in southern rock, blues bands. Both genres resonated well with audiences so their combined musical instrument talents and Dave’s incredible vocals, giving their fans the pleasure of hearing an array of cover songs from Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker Band, Kansas to Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Van Morrison, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Neil Young, Rush and many more. In addition to their cover renditions, they also have added a number of original songs to their set lists; ‘Monkey on Your Back’ written by Jack Thurman has been a fan-favorite as well as Dave’s multitude of originals, such as ‘Words’.

In addition to performing as a band, each brother performs individually in other groups or as a solo.

DAVE THURMAN is a singer/songwriter/guitarist who has performed hundreds of shows from Buffalo to Charlotte to Nashville. In 2018, he won the prestigious Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation Male Vocalist of the Year Award. He is the lead vocalist for The Thurman Brothers Band and also with ‘Brothers of Invention’ aside NFMusicHOF inductees Bruce Wojick and Jamie Holka. He performs regularly with the Twang Gang at the Sportsmen’s Tavern in Buffalo, and for the last decade, has hosted Singer/Songwriter Open Mic Nights in Niagara Falls and Youngstown, giving many young and older talented musicians and songwriters the opportunity to perform in a live public setting.

JACK THURMAN is a well-respected guitar player who has been playing since he was a teenager. In addition to his brothers’ band, he also has played in his own band the Jack Thurman band throughout WNY. In the early 1980’s, he played with the bluegrass/country band, ‘Gentlemen’s Run’ in Wheeling WV, where he will occasionally perform in a reunion gig every so often. Jack has also been a long-time member of the popular local blues band, ‘Junkyard Dogs’ and is a renowned luthier working out of his home in Niagara Falls and for Lewiston Music, where he has also been a guitar instructor for many years.

RANDY THURMAN is a musical pastor at Niagara Falls Christian Church. After living out of town as a minister in Florida, North Carolina and many nations to include six in Africa, from Nigeria to Tanzania, he and his wife moved back to the WNY area. At his church, Randy has been playing guitar and singing with his wife Anita and his long-time friend and NFMusicHOF inductee Mary Nero. In addition to performing with his brothers, Randy will also occasionally perform with his brother Dave at acoustic guitar gigs throughout town.

ROB THURMAN is the drummer, manager, booking agent for the band. His professional music career started in 1986 with the band ‘Real Eyes’. In 1998, he joined the Genesis tribute band ’Seconds Out’ and also formed an all-original progressive rock band ‘Navigator’ that included NFMusicHOF inductee, Marcangelo Perricelli. Since 2004, he has been a drummer for his brother-in-law, the famous Elvis impersonator Rick Alviti. He has been a touring drummer for ‘Turning Virtue’, an aux drummer, percussionist and drum tech with ‘Captain Beyond’, and is currently the drummer and back-up vocalist with ‘Out on The Tiles’, a Led Zeppelin tribute band. Rob was part of an international collaborative progressive rock band, AUDIOCRACY. Their first release, ‘Revolution’s Son’ has been called “a masterpiece in the Epic Prog tradition” by Progressive Magazine who gave it 4 out 5 stars. For the past 20+ years, Rob has also developed a very successful teaching practice and works as a sound engineer in his home as Drum Logic Studio.

It is our pleasure and honor to welcome The Thurman Brothers Band; Dave, Jack, Randy, Rob, Joe Mombrea and Steve Carveth as members of the Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame, Class of 2022.

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