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About Dr Pocket

Dr Pocket, Craig Strain’s horn-driven rhythm and blues monster band, has been wowing audiences in southeastern Michigan for 20 years. The 10-piece band features powerful vocals and equally powerful horns.

 

Dr Pocket plays foot-stomping, dance-worthy songs from such classic bands as Chicago, as well as today's hits. The young and old turn out in droves to hear and watch Dr Pocket play. You can listen and watch for yourself in the MEDIA section.

 

Dr Pocket plays audiences large and small to great fanfare. Check out THE GIGS section to learn about upcoming performances. Be sure to sign up for the Dr Pocket newsletter to learn about future concerts.

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Meet The Band

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Craig Strain

Craig is one of the fortunate ones who makes a living doing things he loves. Composing, Arranging, Directing, leading various music ensembles, Performing and recording are his passions. He retired from teaching after 30 years in public school, community colleges, Blue Lake FIne Arts Camp and some summers at Oakland University and dove into a more than full-time job with the current musical outlets.

 

With many years of experience including leading bands, teaching, producing large scale events, conducting orchestras and big bands, Craig brings his skills and background to make your event or musical experience a successful one.

 

In addition to leading Dr Pocket, Craig also leads the CSO, a big band orchestra, and the Motor City Brass Band.

 

He received his Bachelor's of Science degree in Music Performance and Political Science, a Bachelor of Music Education, as well as a Masters Degree in Music Composition and Trumpet from Eastern Michigan University.

 

Check out CraigStrain.com.

 

Mark Watson / Keyboards and Vocals

Mark has been a professional musician since the early 1970s performing in such groups as Gandalf, Alliance, Tatiana & The Rude Boys, and Derringer.

 

He has also toured the world performing his original music  and is one of the creative forces behind the recording and  production group "Crazy Boy."

 

Since his move back to Michigan  from Hawaii, Mark is currently performing with Haight Ashbury, Dick Wagner and DrPocket.

 

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Bob Guskovict / Guitar

Bob noticed how cool the guitar was in back in fourth grade when Twisted Sister and Alice Cooper came to his attention. He messed around with a guitar for the next few years to no avail.

 

When he was 12, he got serious and started gigging right away. Over the years his love for the instrument grew as well as his influences. Players like Django Reinhardt, B.B. King, and Warren Hayens now keep Bob inspired and learning as well as his old heavy metal favorites.

 

Bob had the opportunity to lead bands from holes in the wall to the Fox Theater. He has "recorded a ton of music and sold tens of copies." When Bob is not with Dr Pocket, he loves being a part of the worship team at Northville Christian Assembly.

 

Playing with the Dr Pocket band gives Bob more consistent musical highs than anything else he's done. We are always striving to drive each other to a new place and we're always up for the challenge. See us once and you'll understand what it means to see a band leave everything on the stage and push hard for excellence.

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Fidge

Fidge had two albums out on the Rare Earth label in the 1970s, did commerical work in the 1980s. Fidge also did three national spots in the 1990s fire bird commerical called "Black Bird," and a local and national spot for Buick. He also performed vocals on a local and national spot for Ford, (the "Think Ford First" campaign.

 

Fidge has played in a handful of Metro Detroit bands over the years.

Photo by Curtis Gregory Drogmiller

Photo by Curtis Gregory Drogmiller

Kim Lange / Vocals

Kim's professional experience ranges from R&B, Blues and Jazz to Top 40, Gospel and even Acappella music. She is a sought-after vocal coach, choir director, pianist, vocal arranger, and has written and recorded commercial jingles. While earning a degree in voice performance from Western Michigan University, Kim performed with Gold Company, Downbeat magazine's perennial award winner for Best College Vocal Jazz group. During this time she had the opportunity to record and perform with musical greats like Bobby McFerrin, Andy Williams and The Manhattan Transfer.

 

In recent years, Kim has worked in clubs and on the festival circuit with Blues and Top 40 bands in the metro Detroit area. She has also been a member of The Gospel Truth, award-winning gospel choir at Renaissance Unity (formerly, Church Of Today) in Warren, MI for the past 16 years, under the direction of Edward Gooch. Kim was featured with The Gospel Truth on the church’s weekly television broadcasts through 2003 and since then, through their weekly live-streamed services where she has shared the stage with Marianne Williamson, Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Deepak Chopra, Dr Wayne Dyer and Steven Tyler. Currently, Kim serves as Music Director at Renaissance Unity and as Vocal Coach for The River Community Church in Hartland, MI.

 

Kim's silky-smooth voice can purr out a beautiful ballad or turn Janice Joplin-raspy to belt out the bawdiest Blues tune and adds a feminine touch to the rich, vocal harmonies of Dr Pocket.

Eric Noffz / Saxophone

Eric plays all saxophones and flute. He has performed with bands in and around Detroit for more than 25 years. He earned his B.A. in Jazz Studies at Wayne State University. Eric has studied with Norm Gladstone, George Benson and Earl DeForest.

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Steve Fleck / Trombone

Steve was born and bred in Metro Detroit and has a deep background of jazz, funk and rock sounds.

 

His influences include Big Phat Band, Chicago, BS&T, TOP horns and Chase. Steve LOVES playing Chicago tunes with Dr Pocket.

 

During the day, he enjoys a career in Information Technology.

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Todd Watts / Drums

From Detroit, Todd has been playing drums since the age of 4.  His experience includes R&B, hiphop, folk, jazz, country & rock.  There are few genres Todd has not covered live or in the recording studio.  He has an uncanny ability to lock in with the Dr Pocket rhythm section and is a valuable asset to the group.

 

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Matt Ryan / Bass Guitar

From Detroit, Matt began his music career by studying at Wayne State and Eastern Michigan universities.

 

Matt previously was a bassist for the Omega Experiment before joining Dr Pocket.

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Aleks Starostka / Saxophone

Aleks' love of music began at the age of 6 when he began taking piano lessons after school. He picked up the saxophone at age 11 for middle school band and has been playing the instrument ever since.

 

After graduating from Rochester High School, Aleks studied saxophone with Johnathan Nichol at Grand Valley State University before returning to Detroit to earn a Bachelor of Music degree from Wayne State University. While completing his degree, Aleks studied with some of the areas finest musicians, including Russ Miller, Gene Parker, George Benson and many others.

 

Aleks performs in the Detroit area with a number of ensembles that range from big swing bands to intimate duo performances, covering a range of styles including jazz, blues, funk/soul and rock.

 

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