Rob Dodge grew up in San Diego, California, where at the age of ten, began taking drum lessons. In 1976, he attended the University of Idaho and during his senior year, landed a job with the City of McCall. It wasn't until the mid-nineties that Rob got back into music, buying his first djembe hand drum on eBay. His passion for drumming and teaching opened up many opportunities in McCall where he developed and facilitated various programs including, Kids on Drums, Kaleidoscope Kids Festival, and African Drum Workshops at the McCall-Donnelly High School. Rob also formed the Mountain Samba Band. Rob's lifelong dream, to play in a jazz band as well in a Classic rock band is being fulfilled with The Merchants of Groove.
Born in Woodstock, New York, Jeff Parnett has been teaching music in New Meadows for the past 30 years. He has also performed in the McCall Chamber Orchestra and the Washington-Idaho Symphony. Jeff was also the musical director for McCalls, "The Full Monte", in the summer of 2012. He also keeps musically busy playing organ for a local church and teaching music lessons in the surrounding community. Jeff and his wife, Andrea, also occasionally play wedding ceremonies. Once a member of the McCall jazz quartet, "The Mammals of Swing", Jeff considers jazz to be the highest form of music.
Danny Miller at the age of 14 began performing professionally on bass in the progressive rock trio Prism of Sound. Since then, he has continually performed in bans with diverse musical styles in Michigan, Utah, and Idaho. He is credited with creating and recording bass lines to over 100 original songs with various artists. Original recordings include CD's Ten Penny progressive rock band, Ocean Fix and Mind Set by the smooth jazz band Chalazon.
Originally from Boise, Idaho, Katie developed a deep love for music in all forms from a very young age. Growing up listening to anything from Mozart to the Beach Boys, she developed a great appreciation for a variety of musical genres. While pursuing her vocal performance degree at The College of Idaho, Katie performed in a variety of opera musical theatre productions, as well as European tour with their vocal jazz group. She went on to become a resident company member at Opera Idaho and appeared in various roles in several Boise theaters. After settling in McCall with her husband, she took on her most beloved role, mother of three. She's had the honor to continue performing locally with McCall's Second Sunday concert series, Summer Fest, private events, and of course The Merchants of Groove.
Alex has been singing since he was 8 years old. He discovered a love for music early on through listening to music theater and good old fashioned 70s rock. He continued with music and theater eventually getting a degree in both. Alex has sung with different choirs, music groups and done theater all over the country but loves the Quiet of Boise, Idaho and the surrounding area. He lives there now with his wife and 9 children who constantly keep him busy.
Steve is the owner of Mountain Music in McCall Idaho. I teach guitar and sell instruments and do repairs. I have been teaching for 23 years.
My appreciation for music developed at a early age watching musicians play at the Fiddle Festival in Weiser Idaho as a small boy. At age 15, I started playing, with an emphasis on acoustic guitar studying country and blues based music. Influences in my styles range from old time country, Chet Akins, early blues artist, to the classic rock musicians of the 1960's thru the 1980's. I am self taught in music theory, improvisations, reading and writing music, studying rhythm and timing with the emphasis on improvisation.
I have had the opportunity to play in various bands, both acoustic and electric based, as a rhythm and lead guitarist. Never too old to "Groove".......