Will Brown - Congas - Percussion - Vocals

Will Brown – Congas – Percussion – Vocals

Will Brown – Congas – Percussion – Vocals

William Brown plays auxiliary percussion and sings full-time. He started playing professionally while in Junior High School. Will's father was a recording engineer at STAX, Ardent and the Willie Mitchell studios in Memphis Tennessee. With his dads’ connections, Will had the good fortune of being at sessions that produced some great hits. With the opportunity of being at such wonderful studios, he learned at an early age from some of the best session players around. This experience inspired Will to work hard at creating parts that are going to work well with other musicians in any musical context and performing at a professional level. Some highlights for Will have been opening for Derek Trucks as well as playing with the band Particle in Chicago. Funk, Soul and Fusion were the main inspirations for Will to start playing music. He also plays Acoustic Fusion, Hip Hop, World, Rock, Pop, Country and Reggae.

jamont simmons - drums - fort wayne funk orchestra

Jamont Simmons – Drums

Jamont Simmons – Drums

Jamont Simmons, 27 years old, has been playing percussion for 24 years.  Jamont is the drummer for The Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra.  Jamont recently qualified for the semi-finals of the Guitar Center Drum Battle and is a member of the Battle of the Bands XI Champion Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra.

Dave Latchaw - Keyboards / Piano - Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra

Dave Latchaw – Piano – Keyboards – Vocoder

Dave Latchaw – Piano – Keyboards – Vocoder

I am Dave Latchaw and I play Keyboards, Piano and Vocoder for the Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra. As a musician I spend most of my time as an independent recording artist, performer, music teacher, student, and fan of the fusing of jazz, rock, funk, hip hop, world, and classical music. I have been playing professionally for over 35 years and teaching for over 30 years. I also have a degree in Music Education from Indiana University, and studied Jazz Performance at Berklee School of Music. I studied music education with Indiana band directors Pete Bottomley, Barry Ashton and Donna Sevcovic. I also had the opportunity to study many other aspects of music with Scott Stroman (Director of the London Jazz Orchestra), Bruce Thomas (Chet Baker, Ornette Coleman). In the 1980's I was the keyboardist for the internationally acclaimed melodic-metal hair band from Scotland, "The Heat". "The Heat" received many praises from European rock magazines "Kerrang", "Metal Hammer" and "Raw", and in 1989 recorded for the BBC, Radio 1. I have had the great privilege to have performed with Polish musicians Krzysztof Kralka and Krzysztof Misiak, and the vocal group "Anima" from Belarus. Since 1998 I have released seven solo recordings through "Latch Music" ( Currently unavailable soon to be re-released ) and produce the popular Jazz Fusion internet radio station "Latch Music Radio" @LIVE365. In July 2012 and 2014 I taught and performed at the Rockowe Ogrdki Music Festival in Plock, Poland. Currently, besides freelance solo piano and group work you can catch me leading my own Jazz trio, quartet and playing keyboards for the “2014 Battle of the Bands” winners “Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra”. Check out all of Dave's music activities @ www.latchmusic.com.

Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra - Winning Pose / Battle of the Bands

FWFO – Elevatin’ The Funk

Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra – Elevatin’ The Funk

Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra - Elevatin' The Funk. Check out our first song in the studio. A wonderful fusion of funk, hip hop, r & b, jazz, groove and soul.