About Us 

Rick Bowers

Rick Bowers

Percussion & Vocals

Rick Bowers

Originally from West Carrollton, OH, Rick started his drumming obsession in the fourth grade. (Yes, he is a Pirate…) Today, he resides in Clayton, Ohio  with his lovely wife Theresa. He enjoys many styles of music (rock, country, pop, etc.), and has performed in several bands over the last 45 years including IN POSITION, MAIN EVENT, ACE COMMODE & THE FOUR FLUSHERS (that one didn’t last long!) and is still active with more Pirates in the band RAINTREE. He has always had a love for the many horn bands that were part of the 60’s – 70’s and 80’s era. After a conversation in August 2017 with an old friend and fellow Pirate (Jim Farley) from the class of 73, their discussion about being on the “bucket list” to perform in a horn band together was about to become a reality, hence the birth of the “Bucket List Players”! He invites you to join the fun and check this band out! Wear some comfortable dance shoes, you’re gonna need them! 

Jim Farley

Jim Farley

Keyboards, Vocals, & Arrangements

JIM FARLEY

Jim has been singing and playing in bands since he was about 15 years old.
He has been in many bands over the years including traveling on the road with
THE LOWDOWN OUTRAGE BAND, SUMMER SUN, THE BUSSE BROTHERS &THE MAIN EVENT.
Other bands, staying closer to home, have been: BUSSE, FARLEY & CALDWELL, RAINTREE and,
most recently, CADILLAC SAM & THE SYNDICATE. Jim has written hundreds of songs as well as
arranged hundreds more for bands on the road, Las Vegas entertainers and cruise ship performers.
He also composes and arranges for musical theater, college pep bands and high school show choirs.

Steve Capri

Steve Capri

Bass & Vaocals

Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Steve Capri was inspired musically by his sister’s 1960’s rock band “The Bittersweet.” Steve began playing guitar at age 7. By 9, he was performing in recitals with the Dayton Conservatory of Music Youth Band and individually at local talent shows. Throughout his grade school, high school, and college years, Steve performed in several bands and duo acts, hitting Dayton’s coffee house and battle-of-the-bands circuits in the 1970s and 1980s. Today, when he’s not working in the corporate grind, Steve uses music to creatively inspire and entertain others.

Brenda

Brenda

Vocals & Percussion

Brenda started singing 18 years ago and has been the lead vocalist of Dayton’s Flashback Band ever since. With her vibrant personality and never-ending energy, Brenda really knows how to work a crowd and put a smile on their faces. Musically, Brenda’s influences range from Stevie Nicks, Cyndi Lauper, to Led Zeppelin, Journey, and Patsy Cline. Brenda loves to entertain, and she can really get a crowd to participate in singing, dancing, hoola hoopin’. Always a great show, always a good time with Brenda Doll.

Sam

Sam

Guitar & Vocals

Sam started playing guitar at age 5. By age 14, he joined his first band and was playing professionally. With influences by Richie Blackmore, George Benson, and Roy Clark, Sam displays multiple styles and extreme versatility. He has played in countless bands with dozens of great musicians, having learned from each and every one of them. Sam’s love and passion for his guitar and music, along with his graceful yet rockin’ playing style, has made him one of Southern Ohio’s finest musicians.

Dave Dunbar

Dave Dunbar

Trumpet

Dave is originally from Columbus Grove, Ohio, and went to Ohio Northern University for Music Education. He is a longtime resident of Troy. He and his wife, Toni, have played in various bands in the area, including Red River Band, 5/13, Funk In The Trunk, Cadillac Sam and the Syndicate, Driving Dead, and currently in Brass Junkies. He enjoys playing trumpet and piano, and is a fan of many various styles of music from gospel to jazz, ragtime, boogie-woogie, heavy metal, funk and rock and roll. “Being in this band allows me to do many of the songs I’ve wanted to do for years!! Great group of guys who are well experienced and good at what they do!”
Don Nickol

Don Nickol

Trombone

Don is from Cincinnati , Ohio. He started playing trombone at age 13. He played in bands and ensembles at Moeller High School and at the University of Cincinnati. He played in the wedding reception band Time Span and through the years enjoyed playing in the pit for numerous local theatre productions. Currently, in addition to the Bucket List Players, he also  performs with  German bands Verins Musicanten, The Polka Warriors,  and Santas Goody Bag Band.

Mike Pilkenton

Mike Pilkenton

Alto & Tenor Saxaphone

Mike is originally from Louisville Ky and came to Dayton through the Air Force in 2000. He has since made Dayton his home with his beautiful and amazing wife Karen and still serves the Air Force to this day as a civilian. Mike has been playing clarinet and saxophone since 12 years old and although he didn’t play much during his active duty days, he has been playing non stop for nearly 12 years in many local bands to include Random Flashbacks, Generations Big Band, German Sauerkraut Band, Speakeasy Dixieland Band, Jazz Central Big Band, the Reload Band and of course the Bucket List Players Band. Mike enjoys jazz, smooth jazz, and especially the big horn bands of the 70’s and 80’s. Being a member of the Bucket List Players is an honor, privilege and a true bucket list opportunity!