|Glenn M. Taylor, guitar, keyboards, vocals *|
Bob Cianci, drums, vocals
Ray Longchamp, guitar, mandolin, vocals
Peter Scance, bass, guitar, vocals
Chris Roselle, guitar, harmonica, vocals
Russ Crapella, guitar, vocals
Dave Hirschberg, drums, vocals
Joe Coghlan, drums, guitar, vocals
|Michael Muro, guitars, vocals|
Jeff Guenther, guitar, bass, vocals
Cliff Doenges, guitar, mandolin, percussion
Mike Garner, bass, vocals
Rhonda Grindell, drums, vocals
John Frondelli, drums, vocals
Pepe Hernandez, bass, vocals
|Christopher Bolger, guitar, bass, vocals *|
Tony Dente, drums, percussion, vocals *
Joe Alexander, guitar, vocals
Al Egizi, guitar, vocals
Keith Theall, bass, vocals
Ron Weinstein, guitar, bass, harmonica, 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
Adam Egizi, bass, ukulele, vocals
Andrei Koribanics, drums, vocals
Tom DePalma, saxophone(s), woodwinds, vocals
* Indicates original Kootz / OMJ band-member; (see history)
Pete Bremy - Bass, vocals
Yet another famous native of Paterson, New Jersey (also the home town of comedian Lou Costello, a childhood-hero), Pete Bremy grew up with the “Who’s on First”-routine ringing in his brain and often when asked if a song was by The Who, he’d reply, “I don’t know, he’s on third, but I think it’s by ‘The What’.”
Musically ‘energized’ by age 14 and only a few months after taking up the bass, Pete went to his first real rock concert at a small outdoor public swimming- pool in Oakland, NJ. It was there that he saw a then-almost-unknown band that went by the name of “Vanilla Fudge”. He was instantly blown away and became a consummate, almost obsessive, fan of Fudge bassist Tim Bogert.
Ever-evolving, Pete played in a popular local band “Heaven’s Sundae”, throughout high school, earning a nice “chunk-O’-change”... (for a teenager). Once he reached '18' (and was 'of legal age'), Pete played in several bar bands through the mid seventies; a time when disco and DJs all but killed-off the local live music scene. After that, His ’72 Fender Jazz bass lay dormant for almost 15 years. Pete reminisces, “The eighties are a ‘blur’ to me musically but it’s not all that bad because so much of the eighties music is fresh to me now.” In 1994, Pete ‘broke the silence’ by picking-up the bass again... and never looked back! He began playing with childhood-pal(and now co-Kootz-member), popular local six-string-slinger Jeff Guenther in “Retrofitz” and also teamed-up with singer/ guitarist Dave Kraemer in an effort called “Pulse DK”.
Pete is an accomplished singer and plays a number of instruments to this day, including drums and guitar. Mesmerized by the soulful-tone of a Hammond organ, he even went out and bought one, inspired by the prowess of Vanilla Fudge ‘B-3-whiz’, Mark Stein. But Pete has settled-in on his true-calling, the bass-guitar, since the mid-sixties. “Back then, there was a shortage of bass players”, PB quips. As a kid, he got tired of carting drums around the neighborhood in his Radio Flyer wagon so he sought-out the guitar as a more portable-medium. His buddy Jeff-G said, “Umm... we already have enough guitarists, why don’t you learn bass!”. In a career-defining moment, Pete queried, “What’s a bass?”... Jeff explained, “Well, it’s like a guitar but it only has four strings instead of six... and you only have to play one note at a time!” “Hey, that’s for me!” exclaimed Pete.
In 1997, Pete realized his lifelong dream... Through a fan-website, he met his Vanilla Fudge idols one at a time over the course of a year. First was original Vanilla Fudge lead guitarist Vince Martell who lived in the area... then, Vince introduced PB to the other members; lead singer/organist Mark Stein, drummer Carmine Appice and of course, bassist Tim Bogert.
Pete never mentioned that he played bass at first, but one night in 1999, a worried-Vince called him and voiced his concern that his touring-bassist was going to ‘bail’ on their gig... Pete offered to fill-in. A surprised Vince took a chance... and in short-order, Pete Bremy became the first-call bassist. He also enjoyed an eight-month trans-continental tour with Vanilla Fudge in 2002, after legendary drummer, Carmine Appice tracked Pete down at his day-job. He gave Pete just 24-hours notice that he’d need to be ready to rehearse... and then hit the road the next day, to fill-in for ailing original bassist, Tim Bogert. During his Fudge/Martell tenure, Pete has recorded two CDs with Vince and company, with a third to be released, shortly.
In 2005, Pete was invited as a VIP guests of Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge) to attend their induction into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame where they were seated among such legends as Peter Tork (Monkees), Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals), Peter Criss (Kiss), Twisted Sister, Leslie West & Corky Laing of Mountain, Joan Jett, the legendary Billy Joel. At the post-ceremony all-star jam, Pete was one of only two musicians not being inducted to the hall that were invited to sit-in.
That same year, Pete also toured with singer/songwriter Essra Mohawk, a prolific songwriter who has written hits for Cyndi Lauper and Tina Turner and whose album ‘Primordial Lovers’ (1970) is listed by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the ‘Top-25’ albums of all time.
In May 2008 while Tim Bogert was still suffering from injuries resulting from a bad motorcycle accident, Pete filled-in for him once again, this time with the 70’s blues-band, “Cactus”. Pete proudly wears the one-of-a-kind T-shirt that Carmine Appice made for him with the logos of Cactus on the front and Vanilla Fudge on the back! He’s the only non-original member to play with both bands. “Parchman Farm, baby!!!”, is all PB has to say about that.
Pete is now the bassist for both Vanilla Fudge and Cactus since Tim Bogert's retirement in 2010.
Pete is proud to be a part of “The Kootz” family. He currently lives in northern New Jersey with his wife, Beverly.