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 6 or 7 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 in 2019, Live Trax, etc...and full studio albums live.
Our Members are all seasoned musicians who’ve performed nationally on a regular basis. There will be more updates to these bios in the near future.
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 for the last two decades, he’s performed over 2500 shows with a half dozen bands including a hiphop group, a top40 cover band, an original indie act, a country outfit, and a modern rock band - all while performing a dozen Dave Matthews Band tribute shows every year. Having seen the band 56 times since 1998, opening for Tim Reynolds, hanging out with Greg Howard (who first recorded dave matthews in 1989, appeared on Before These Crowded streets) for an hour at local PBS affiliate for an hour after nearly cutting off his left thumb at work (a 100% true story, ask him about it) , he’s now focusing his efforts into putting on the best performance in character as Dave during a show. he’s honed his abilities to pull off an uncanny recreation as to who Dave is as a performer. Dustin has also been able to acquire and operate an identical compilation of Dave’s many guitars throughout the bands career, which is paramount to performing a tribute to the music. These guitars include - the Martin DM3MD Dave Matthews signature, Veillette Gryphon Custom (the tiny guitar), Taylor W65 12 String, Gibson Chet Atkins SST, Jerry Jones Baritone...Currently, no other DMB tribute act can claim these instruments, which are all at the core of the true sound of the band, both live and recorded. He strives for accuracy from the top of his head to the bottom of his boots.
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.
Mark Woodyatt is a professional violinist, studio artist, composer and educator who was recognized as having perfect pitch by the age of 3. He grew up performing and studying the arts, dance and sciences. His solo Concert debut was in 1996, at age 14, with the NEPA Philharmonic. Mark had the distinct honor of being accepted into the Eastman School of Music as their first jazz violin major. He is a Howard Hanson Scholar and the 2014 recipient of the F. Lammot Belin Award for Artistic Excellence. Mark’s jazz and mult-genre approach to music and improvisation has been described as “soulfully-authentic” “painter of sound”. He resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania with his loving partner and best friend, wife Lisa “Lily” Gregory, and their cat, Ceila (Tina).
Carl is a Northeastern Pennsylvania-raised musician who’s performed with such notable names as George Wesley, Mike Miz, The Subnotics, Robb Brown, and countless others. He brings a unique vibe to the music like no one else can.
We have grand plans for this band - most paramount is the establishment of a charitable trust to begin next spring 2019 to support primate protection in Africa (specifically the Rwanda region). We hope you join us on this journey to take the music of the amazing Dave Matthews Band and pay it forward to the world.