About A Proud Monkey
Hey everyone! If you’re reading this, congratulations. You found A Proud Monkey. We’re the most passionate tribute to the music of the Dave Matthews Band that we think you can find on Earth. We strive for the most accurate sonic representations of the music and feel of a Dave Matthews Band show. Many of our stage instruments are visually identical to those used by the actual band throughout the last 25 years and when combined with a dedicated passion for the band’s music as we perform it provides an aesthetic that can only be replicated by the real thing.
We are available for events of any size, from solos to 5,6,7 or 8 piece full band. With quality concert tickets from all bands being increasingly difficult to obtain, we are your next best thing. We dig deep into the band’s catalogue, throwing out deep cuts mixed with their best-known numbers, as well as offering our versions of their covers. (Peter Gabriel, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan..etc). We’ll also be recreating certain shows, performing full studio albums live, and giving it our all.
Our Members are all seasoned musicians who’ve performed nationally on a regular basis. No tribute band can compare to our credentials or passion.
As a professional musician has played over three thousand gigs in every possible situation. He has performed in forty two states, touring in a jam band, a hip hop band, an indie rock band, and a national country act.
His career highlights include having written and released over 100 songs; sold over 10,000 CDs; had songs featured on national radio and TV including MTV and ESPN. performed and recorded with Grammy winning artists.
Neil sings and play guitar, piano, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, bass, drums and percussion. Whether he’s playing in front of fifteen thousand people or fifteen, he approaches every gig with a grateful passion and love for his craft, music.
Philadelphia based live/recording session drummer and teacher of all styles, graduated from Temple University in 2002 with a degree in Jazz Performance. He has performed or recorded with Chuck Berry, Aretha Franklin, Young Chris, tU pHAce, Mike Taylor, Ritz Reynolds, Nicole Tranquillo from American Idol, The Half Of It, Dice Raw, Peedi Peedi, Abstract with G. Lawrence Francis, Musiqology, Fuzilla, Package, The Tap Room Trio, Anil Veeraraj, and B.D. Lenz to name a few. He has done national and international tours, is a seasoned veteran in the recording studio and is very comfortable in the teaching studio. He is endorsed by Sabian Cymbals and Pearl Drums. He is currently teaching at The University of Pennsylvania in the Music Department.
Scranton-area based professional musician of 20 years, Dustin Switzer has been performing Dave Matthews Band tribute shows since 2002. He has performed nearly 3500 gigs since he began playing live. A career musician, he strives for near-obsessive accuracy to Dave's personal guitar collection. This attention to detail results in a setlist no other DMB tribute can yet fully replicate. He has acquired every major guitar in dave's career- a Jerry Jones Baritone, Veillette Gryphon Custom, Taylor W65, Gibson Chet Atkins SST, Fender Strat "2 knob", Veillette Baritone-12...all these combined results in the most diverse and unique setlists available in the DMB tribute world. He continues to hone his vocal craft, developing his own voice for Dave's voice and being able to distinguish the two.
Jon is an accomplished, Electric/Acoustic bassist out of the NE Pennsylvania region. In the last 15 years he has performed in almost every position available in the professional music world. From Showband’s and Symphony Orchestras to National Festivals and Night Clubs.
Aside from being self-taught, Jon has studied under internationally known solo bassist Dr. Sandor Ostlund. Most of all Jon attributes most of his musical accomplishments to the many wonderful musicians he’s had the pleasure of working with throughout his career.
Most gig’s include much work as a sideman throughout the Northeastern PA region as well as the City of Atlanta, GA. One particular artist to name would be nationally known Blues guitarist and WC Handy Award nominee Clarence Spady. Jon has also backed up internationally known Broadway vocalist Debbie Gravitte with the NEPA Philharmonic Orchestra, and spent 5 years traveling the world playing music aboard Carnival Cruise Lines.
Tyrone Fredericks, Jr. (SaxmanTy) has been playing saxophone for more than 30 years. After beginning his formal jazz saxophone studies at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, he earned both his bachelor (BM, 2004) and master of music (MM, 2017) degrees in jazz studies from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Tyrone has been playing professionally since 1999, studying and working with musicians such as Ben Schachter, Tim Warfield, Dave Liebman, Neil Wetzel, Terell Stafford, Jon Faddis, Jimmy Heath, Donny McCaslin, Tom Lawton, Nelson Hill and many more. With musical genres spanning from jazz, funk, hip-hop and rock & roll, Tyrone arranges for and plays in over 150 shows a year in the New York City, Philadelphia and New Jersey areas. He currently resides in Philadelphia area.
A professional piano, organ and keyboard player living in Chadds Ford PA, Dave Mattock divides his time between running the Mattock School of Music, performing, and teaching. Dave is a member of the faculty at Camden County College, University of Pennsylvania, and Lafayette College, where he teaches piano, theory, music history, music busines, jazz, ensembles and introductory music classes, and has a full studio of private students in the Philadelphia area. Interested in and capable of playing many styles of music, Dave currently works with The Tap Room Trio, the JW Caldwell Band, Soul Purpose, Charlie Apicella and Iron City, Browntown, Jeanette Berry and the Soul Nerds, and Apparatus. Dave can also be found freelancing around Philadelphia in various jazz ensembles, cover bands, wedding bands and studio appearances. He started teaching privately in 2002 and has maintained a studio of students of all ages and backgrounds ever since. Dave received his Bachelors degree in Jazz Performance from Temple University, and his Masters degree in Jazz History and Research at Rutgers University.
Nyke Van Wyk has been entertaining audiences in the Northeast and abroad for more than two and a half decades. Nyke is widely known for his signature blend of Traditional and Modern styles along with an abundance of infectious energy that clearly reflects his passion for music and performance. With a broad range of musical backgrounds, spanning from an extensive Classical and Celtic beginning, to more modern genres including Rock, R&B, Country and Electronic, Nyke delivers an exceptional performance in virtually any genre or venue.
Experiencing his first tours before entering High School, Nyke toured the United States and Europe with the Allegro Chamber Youth Orchestra based in New York State. By the the age of 18, his resumé already included performing at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston, recording in Disney’s Epcot Center, opening performances for the Boston Pops at Eisenhower Hall West Point, and performing in the White House under two different presidents.
With no signs of slowing down, Nyke has extensively toured and performed throughout the world with a variety of artists including The Badlees, The Spill Canvas, and The Craig Thatcher Band.
Just as he is no stranger to the stage, Nyke is omnipresent in several studios in addition to his own. He is credited on hundred of albums spanning from local artists, to Grammy Nominated artist Joe (Joe Thomas) on his albums “Signature” and “Ain’t Nothin’ Like Me” and recorded strings for Faith Evans 2016 Grammy nominated “He Is.”
With his passion to promote funding and education for the Music and Arts in schools and communities, Nyke continues to appear as a guest Keynote speaker for many school districts and conferences around the United States.
Regardless of how you encounter Nyke Van Wyk’s work, you can be assured that you will be left with a unique experience.
We sincerely hope that if you are a fan of the Dave Matthews Band, that you come check us out and see how much passion we impart to recreating the true experience of seeing the real band.