Meet the Band
Meet The Band
Vaylor grew up knowing his picture is on the cover of one of the best selling southern rock albums of all time. Rather than let that fact set his musical course, Vaylor has spent decades establishing his own voice, studying and performing jazz, progressive, experimental, and avant-garde music with greats such as Pat Martino, Dweezil Zappa, Mike Keneally, Bernard Purdie, Johnny Vidacovich, and Col. Bruce Hampton, as well as establishing The Yeti Trio, an experimental fusion powerhouse for more than 20 years. But the music his family made with The Allman Brothers Band stayed with him. Now, with Brother & Sister, Vaylor is embracing his roots.
Melody Trucks is a life-long student of music. Being born into a musical family, she was surrounded by incredible musicians from the start. She began studying flute at the age of 7, but expanded to all woodwinds as she progressed through high school. She switched to percussion in college, studying ethnomusicology with a focus in Balinese and Brazilian music. While she did sing occasionally with her brother, Vaylor Trucks of the Yeti Trio, it was not her main focus. After deciding to surprise her father, Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band, by singing at an open jam hosted by Hub Chason at the Bradfordville Blues Club in Tallahassee, Florida, Melody was invited to tour with his latest group, Butch Trucks and the Freight Train
Eric Sanders is a drummer and classical percussionist, originally from New York. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and was awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate in Classical Percussion Performance from Penn State. While pursuing a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance on the drum set at NYU, Sanders studied with John Riley, Mike Clark, and JoJo Mayer.
Sanders runs the online drum program for the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media, and has been teaching privately for more than 3 decades. Along with generating a massive amount of drum educational materials, he wrote a brand new snare book and created 200 new drum videos during quarantine. Eric has been teaching, gigging, and recording in Atlanta since 1996. He’s toured throughout the U.S. and overseas, working with numerous groups and artists that run the gamut of musical styles. Sanders has released 2 solo percussion CDs of original compositions on his own label, Flam Five Records, and is currently working on a 3rd disc, as well as performing as a session player.
Born to an extremely musical family and raised in the woods of northern New Jersey, Garrett Dawson has been playing drums and percussion since the age of three. As a young child Garrett became heavily influenced by Rock n Roll, Jazz, Reggae, and Folkloric music from Africa, the Caribbean, and South America.
Garrett Now resides in southwest Florida with his family and maintains a full schedule of touring, studio work, and teaching. Garrett has been recruited by and worked with many iconic Southern Jam Band rockers such as Butch Trucks and The Freight Train Band, Dickey Betts and Great Southern, The Artimus Pyle Band, and Dangerous Dan Toler. He was the first ”outsider” to be accepted by and work with many top Garifuna (African Carib-Arawak native people) artists, playing Reggae, Punta, and Paranda with Rolando ‘Ideal’ Castillo, Gadu Nunez, and Marcony Star. Garrett’s drumming is featured on over 50 studio recordings.