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|Glenn M. Taylor, guitar, keyboards, vocals *|
Bob Cianci, drums, vocals
Peter Scance, bass, guitar, vocals
Chris Roselle, guitar, harmonica, vocals
Russ Crapella, guitar, vocals
Dave Hirschberg, drums, vocals
Joe Coghlan, drums, guitar, vocals
|Jeff Guenther, guitar, bass, vocals|
Mike Garner, bass, vocals
Rhonda Grindell, drums, vocals
John Frondelli, drums, guitar, vocals
Pepe Hernandez, bass, vocals
Sean Jenness, guitar, vocals
|Christopher Bolger, guitar, bass, vocals *|
Joe Alexander, guitar, vocals
Ray Longchamp, guitar, mandolin, vocals
Al Egizi, guitar, vocals
Keith Theall, bass, vocals
Gary Evans, keyboards, harmonica, guitar, vocals
Jerry DeLisio, saxophone(s), flute, vocals
Brian Wiley, bass, vocals
Lenny Kirk, drums, vocals
Don Guinta, drums, vocals
Paul 'Swami' Simeone, keyboards, accordion, vocals
Scott Calvert, saxophone(s), woodwinds, vocals
Andrei Koribanics, drums, vocals
Tom DePalma, saxophone(s), woodwinds, vocals
Ethan Maayan, drums, vocals
* Indicates original Kootz / OMJ band-member; (see history)
Ethan Maayan - Drums, vocals
Ethan Maayan was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where he began 'beating' on the drums at the young-age of 8. His love for music was awakened when he started playing his older sister's Rock 'n Roll records, explaining-that; "After hearing Ringo’s drum-solo on the 'Abbey Road'-album... he was 'hooked'!" The 'rock-band-gigs' began with his first-group "Infinity" at age 13, where Ethan found-himself performing at assorted; 'band-battles', block parties and school dances. He moved to New Jersey in in the '70s and graduated from Fort Lee High School in 1978.
Upon-receiving his high-school diploma, 'Mr. M' attended Jersey City State College as a Music Education Major, where he studied with respected-musicians, Nick Cerrato, Richard Derosa and Justin DiCioccio. At this time he also began playing the 'club-date'-circuit, with a variety of offices & bands including: 'No Turns', 'Boulevard East' and 'Four +1', as well as the venerable Hank Joel, Jason Craig and Hank Lane orchestras.
In 1990, Ethan studied at New Jersey University, where he earned a Master's Degree in Music Education. Returning to NJ-University in 1994 for another 'stint', he completed his second Master's Degree in Administration and Supervision. During this period he was the leader of the R&B / Funk band 'Face The Fax'... and was also 'The Ringo' in the Beatles-tribute band, 'Walrus'. Being the versatile musician he-is, Ethan also led and 'drummed' for 'The Nice -N- Easy Orchestra', a 16-piece Frank Sinatra / Big Band-tribute.
His passion for 'percussive-higher-learning' landed-him as a student, with many highly-touted musician / teacher / mentors, including: Akira Tana, Billy Drummond, Gary Chester, David Garibaldi, Frankie Malabe' and Jay Dittamo.
In 1992, Ethan embarked-upon his teaching career in Ridgefield, NJ starting a 9-year tenure as the school-system band-director, through 2001... They liked him SO-much, that they made him an assistant-principal for 4-more years, prior to the landing-of his current 'day-gig'; Principal of the James Fallon Elementary School in Wayne, NJ... a position he has held dating-back to 2002!
'The Big E' (as he is lovingly referred-to), launched his wedding / show band "Steppin' Out", in 1995; They still perform dozens of functions, annually! In addition to Steppin' Out, he continues to play with many other revered musical-groups, including 'The Duprees', 'The Drifters', 'The Infernos' and 'Holiday Express', as well as veteran-entertainers Louis Vanaria and Joe Piscopo!
Ethan lives in suburban Essex County with his wife and kids and STILL... is a "classic-rocker" at heart... He was introduced to 'The Kootz', through Russ Crapella (who also performs with Steppin' Out)... Ethan is as-thrilled to play all his favorite rock 'n roll tunes with 'The Kootz'... as THEY-are to have-him 'on-board'!