Dave Collins and The Contenders

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STAN TURK (GUITAR and VOCALS)  An experienced all around guitarist with a background in many styles. Local bands Stan has performed with include Jeramiah, United Endeavor, Pzazz and the very popular band from the 1980’s, “Secrets”. Career highlights include backing recording artists “The Coasters”, “The Angels” and opening for “The Guess Who”.


BART ARCONTI (DRUMS)  A noted top-notch drummer who has performed locally with Please, Felix, Cathouse, Rock Island Express and the very highly rated band from the 1970’s “Monopoly”. Career highlights include opening for “Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers” and "The J. Geils Band".


GARY THOMPSON (BASS and VOCALS)  A seasoned pro who began playing the circuit in the 1970’s. Bands Gary performed with include The Hard Cider Band and EZ Living, playing top D.C venues (Bayou, Crazy Horse and The Wax Museum). In the early 2000’s, Gary provided the low end for the noted R&B outfit, “Joyride”. Highlights include opening for “The Joe Perry Project” of “Areosmith” fame.


DAVE COLLINS (LEAD VOCALS and HARMONICA)  Dave has fronted local bands The Rising Sons, Cathouse, Monopoly, Secrets, The Messengers and The East Coast Flyers. Career highlights include opening for “Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers" in the 1970’s. In 1976 Dave was named “Male Vocalist of The Year” by The Scene Magazine, a Baltimore entertainment publication. In the 1980’s he appeared in the video “Dangerous”, a song written by Dave, shown on MTV as well as local television and performed by “Secrets”.