Meet Our Band

Club Phred is a group of musicians who on average have over thirty years of professional experience. We all share a love of music, from the early days of rock and roll through the present, including rock, r&b, jazz and funk. The band has deep roots in the Mid-Atlantic region. Club Phred formed in 2002 and have performed at several events with Mark Farner, formerly of Grand Funk Railroad, Felix Cavaliere of 1997 Rock and Roll Fame inductees The Rascals and Gary Brooker of Procol Harum. Club Phred has also opened up for, among others, Pete Best, the original drummer of The Beatles, The Marshall Tucker Band, Disney recording artist Sarah Buxton, country artist Katie Armiger, and Delaware native Chuck Wicks, author of ‘Stealing Cinderella’. Club Phred is sometimes joined in performance by the horn section of the former CBS Orchestra, house band for the David Letterman show. The horns’ musical director Tom “Bones” Malone , among many other highlights in a distinguished career, is a founder of the Blues Brothers Band during his time at Saturday Night Live. The band values Tom’s skill and friendship when we have the opportunity to perform with him and the horns. Club Phred has won numerous awards from the Delaware media and has helped various charitable organizations raise more than $5,000,000 since 2004. Club Phred serves as the house band for the Delaware Rock and Roll Society, formerly the Delaware Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and were inducted into the DE R&R HOF in 2019 by “Bones” Malone.  Click here for list of Charitable Organizations Club Phred has helped through performances.

Mark Sisk

Mark Sisk

Like many baby boomers, Mark—whose previous musical experience had been trumpet in the school band—was awakened to rock music by the appearance of the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. Within weeks he was learning guitar and song lyrics.

Mark gained his first notoriety with The Mayfield Duck. The Duck, a four-piece band, performed in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland in the late Sixties. The Duck performed mostly forgettable originals, written by Mark, in addition to the usual party music of the time, and lots of Doors, Cream and other pscyhedelia. Mark fronted the Duck and played some rhythm guitar.

When the Duck broke up, Mark joined a band that came to be known as The NFS Boys. NFS was together for 15 years, playing at schools, colleges and clubs in the Philadelphia-Washington-New York corridor. Mark played rhythm guitar, shared lead vocals, contributed to the band’s CSNY/Eagles-influenced harmony vocals, and composed more mostly forgettable originals. Then as now lucky in his associations, NFS, in addition to other excellent musicians, included guitarist and nationally renowned luthier Dana Sutcliffe, the creator of Alvarez’ “Dana Scoop”.

When NFS disbanded, Mark noticed that he had somehow obtained college and law degrees. For some years Mark’s musical activity was limited to duets in the car with Linda Ronstadt, Patty Loveless and the Dixie Chicks, and occasional gin fueled karaoke.

In the summer of 2002, Fred Dawson, whom Mark had known and admired as a musician for many years, asked Mark to participate in Club Phred. Mark sings occasional lead vocals, many background and harmony vocals, and plays rhythm guitar. Known in the band as The Human Jukebox, Mark prompts the other vocalists on lyrics—though he cannot recall such things as anniversaries and children’s birthdays, he can be tough to stump on any lyric from the classic rock era.

Brian Daring

Brian Daring

Brian started his foray into music with the alto horn and sousaphone in the sixth grade. When offered the chance to try and learn string bass he readily accepted. Liking the string bass, but finding it difficult to haul around and wanting to play rock ‘n roll music, his first electric bass appeared in 1967.

After his first public performance with the school folk group in seventh grade, playing the bass guitar became a lifelong hobby.

Playing in the Newark, Delaware high School Jazz Band took him to many jazz band competitions and several top awards.

There was always a garage band in the works to satisfy the need to play and perform.

Brian has played a variety of music over the years, jazz, blues and of course rock n’ roll with several bands, but the biggest thrill is when the people he is playing for are dancing and singing to the music. “That’s what it’s all about” says Brian, “playing for the crowd!”

Fred Dawson

Fred Dawson

Fred started playing professionally at age 16 playing the usual venues of clubs, fire hall dances, high school dances, etc. He began recording at age 17 with “The Fabulous Pharaohs”, “Mouzakis” and “Capone”.

In his early band days Fred also played sax. His bands appeared as warm up concert acts for the likes of “Poco”, “Seatrain”, “Redbone”, “Chicago”, “Dr.Hook”, etc. He made numerous TV appearances, toured from Hollywood to Maine, and finished his early band years with “Capone” inventorying two albums, a dozen “45’s” and 13 years of performances.

15 years later Fred picked his sax back up again and played two concerts with “Yakety Sax” man Boots Randolph. In 2002 Fred attended a rock N’ roll fantasy camp in L.A. and performed with Mickey Dolenz of the “The Monkees”, MARK FARNER Formerly Of Grand Funk Railroad, Spencer Davis of the “Spencer Davis Group”, Liberty Devito and Mark Rivera (drummer and saxophonist for “Billy Joel”) as well as many others. He met Ringo for two nano seconds in 2003 before one of his shows.

At age 52 Fred started “The Banned” in 2002 with guitarist Keith Ayars. “The Banned” is now known as Club Phred with Fred playing mainly Hammond B3. Club Phred has evolved into a group of accomplished musicians delighted with 60’s and 70’s Classic Rock.

Fred still doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up, but in the meantime he is a successful Financial Advisor, ChFC,CLU residing in Yorklyn, Delaware with his wife Louise.

Kathy Layfield

Kathy Layfield

Kathy started singing professionally in bands in 1969. Most of her work was in Newark, Delaware based “Skyband”. They had steady gigs in the Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. She went on to work in “Made In The U.S.A.”, and “4- Play”.

An accomplished singer/song-writer, Kathy’s song “You Make Me Burn” was recorded on Wilmington, Delaware radio station WSTW’s Album Project One.

Kathy’s vocal ability to go from smooth sounding ballads to classic rock chops makes her the voice behind the classic rock band Club Phred.

Kathy is a Veterans Service Representative with the VA regional office and a mother of four.

Gaetano 'Vince' Vinciguerra

Gaetano 'Vince' Vinciguerra

Penns Grove New Jersey native Gaetano Vinciguerra has been playing the saxophone since his junior year in high School. Influenced by a love of Jazz and those saxophonists, he has developed jazz-rock fusion into his own unique sound. His ability to play all genre of music and his great “ear” make him a wonderful accompanist to vocals as well.

The early years were spent traveling the U.S. and South America with “Johnny & the Holidays”, a successful 60’s band. Recordings and television appearances followed. Vince decided for a few years to lay his horn down but found no outlet for his considerable talent. In 1992 he began to “play around” with several groups at the Jersey Shore and launched a brand new career, including gigs in several Atlantic City Casinos.

Vince spent a productive seven years with the popular Philly band Purple Reign.

He has been an integral member of Club Phred for sixteen years still honing his craft and having a great time doing it!

Brian Scott

Brian Scott

Brian Scott has been playing guitar for over 15 years and has been in 6 bands throughout his career. His biggest influences are Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, John Mayer, Jimmy Page, and Jimi Hendrix. Brian has been playing with Club Phred for over two and a half years and loves expanding on his craft.

Jim Palmer

Jim Palmer

Jim started playing the drums around the age of 13. His early influences were The Beatles, The Stones, Grand Funk, The Monkees, The Who, Led Zep, Deep Purple and ELP. Mostly self-taught, However back in the 80’s Jim was fortunate to have taken a few lessons from Big band drummer Tim Laushley who turned him on to Ted Reed’s Syncopation & rudiments.

Jim has played in numerous bands in the tri state area; he enjoys lots of different styles of music but leans towards the classics that Club Phred “rocks out” at every show while giving back to the community in a HUGE way. Jim lives in Delaware with his wife Kim.

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