MEET THE BOYZ
Band Leader & Dholi
Rishi Thakar is a prominent and well-known Tabla player and percussionist in Southern California. Starting the age of 6 years old, and a student of Guru Hemant Ekbote and many ustads from all over India, he has accompanied numerous playback singers from Bollywood and lent his versatile talents to commercial and background scores and jingles. With a hunger for creating new types of music, he has created and been apart of various fusion ensembles. Rishi has always believed in keeping the tradition alive and bringing back a piece of his motherland, India to the U.S. He did just that when he founded the Bolly Boyz band and entertainment services in early 2016. At the forefront of his priorities, Rishi has made it his goal to make the Bolly Boyz a leader and household name when it comes to live entertainment.
Interesting Fact: I recite Tabla rhythms in my sleep.
Gabriel is a graduate of California State University Long Beach, receiving his undergraduate degree in Trumpet Performance. He is now a music educator in Ventura Unified School District where he teaches beginning and intermediate music as well as music cultures and a listener’s approach to music. He is also a private instructor of trumpet, a music coach, a music arranger and a freelance musician in Ventura, LA and the Santa Barbara Counties.
Interesting Fact: A California native, Gabriel is a part of the Duck Butter Backcountry Crew and has through-hiked all of the major mountains and Islands of Southern California as well as parts of the John Muir Trail and the Pacific Coast Trail.
At the age of 10, Harry started playing trumpet in Sacramento, California. Since his start, Harry has played with a number of groups all over the country. From concert bands, orchestras, pop bands, jazz bands, and Indian wedding bands, Harry plays them all! Harry is a graduate of CSU Long Beach where he was a member of the award winning Concert Jazz Orchestra. Other prestigious honors of Harry’s include being invited to perform at the National Trumpet Competition as both a solo jazz contestant, and a member of the CSULB trumpet ensemble.
Interesting Fact: While music makes Harry very happy, if you really want to see him smile, give him a bowl of chevdo and a mango lassi.
Ian received his undergraduate degree from Cal State Long Beach, where he studied classical trumpet performance. He has since worked as a freelance musician and music educator, teaching in both private and classroom settings. He performs in a variety of commercial, classical, and jazz ensembles around Los Angeles and Orange County. As a 4th grader he starred in his elementary school's production of "Sound of Music" as Friedrich, one of the most forgettable Von Trappe children.
Interesting Fact: He's got more swing in him than a pool noodle in a hurricane!
Marcus is a Professional Trombonist from Central Florida. Marcus has been playing trombone for 16 years, 6 of those years professionally. His schooling started at the age of ten, majoring in band, orchestra, vocals, and jazz. After high school he started studying privately with Dr. Brian Brink (Director of Jazz Studies) at Florida Southern College. In 2012 he moved to Los Angeles, where he started freelancing with multiple bands of all genres. Most recently has played with bands and artists such as The Big Band Theory, Flight 484 Big Band, The Verdugo Swing Society, The Brasstronauts, Cumbia Son, Son Guajira, Thurz, Tiron and Ayomari, ICONIC, Lucid, The Tyler Denning Band, Sound Check at Lucky Strike, The Posse, and above all The Bolly BOYZ! He has played for studios such as Red Bull Sound Select, NRG Studios, and Conway Studios.
Interesting Fact: My grade school director really wanted me to play tuba...but I told her I wouldn't get any chicks playing that so I picked trombone.
Michael is a freelance drummer/percussionist who has performed with artists such as Blue Man Group, Monobloco, and Sheila E. He has had the privilege of performing at events such as the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl and Brazilian Carnaval at Club Nokia. Michael graduated from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music with a degree in Percussion Performance, where he studied classical, jazz, and world music. He currently records and performs with multiple groups in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. His primary band, Nothing But Flowers, consistently play at local venues and community events.
Interesting Fact: I can only whistle when I yawn.
Scott started playing the trumpet in the 4th grade. Thirteen years of this love (hate) relationship and he's now finishing his degree in music education. After school, Scott plans on pursuing instrument repair & manufacturing and plans on opening up his own shop.
Interesting Fact: My nose gets runny whenever I eat, even if it's cold cereal.