Lead Vocals, Harmony Vocals & Rhythm Guitar
Colin hails from the mid-west and has grown up in country music. He began playing in his father’s band ‘Kountry Kernals’ at the tender young age of 14.
Before moving to Florida in 2000, Colin played in Oklahoma City with the ‘Good Ole Boys’ featuring former band members of Alan Jackson, Roy Clark, Hee Haw and the Rascals.
Although he is the major driving force behind the ‘country side’ of THINK BIG, he can rock as good as the next guy!
Keyboards, Vocals, Harmony Vocals
As the newest member of Think Big, Sal has been playing piano since he was twelve and began his professional career in Florida in 1970. During that time he has performed as a soloist as well as a member of many music groups. His career includes venues such as world resorts, cruise ships, and theme parks.
Joe is originally from Boston but has been involved in the Central Florida music scene for several years.
For the past 13 years Joe has been playing in the Blues Brothers show at Universal Studios Orlando. For the past 15 years he’s been playing with Tremors featuring The Earthquake Horns. Tremors has traveled from Europe to Hawaii and everywhere in between opening and/or performing with artists such as Ray Charles (R.I.P.), Earth, Wind and Fire, Glen Frey and Joe Walsh, Gregg Allman, The Dixie Chicks, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, Melba Moore etc. Joe enjoys playing with THINK BIG when he is available.
Drums, Lead Vocals, Harmony Vocals
John hails from Baltimore, Maryland and first started playing drums at the age of 11. His first break was playing with the local high school band called ‘MASK’
After leaving high school John then joined a band band named ‘ZIMMERON’ who caught the attention of RCA records.
At the same time John also recorded with MAX DAMIEN for the same label. After touring for six years John moved to Orlando and has played locally with Niteflight, The Vibe and now is delighted to be a member of THINK BIG. During his career John opened for 38 Special, Beach Boys, Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer plus many more.
Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals, Harmony Vocals
Mike is the “hometown” boy from right here in Winter Park, Florida, and has been playing professionally since 1974.
He has shared the stage with internationally known acts like the Coasters, the Platters, Molly Hatchet, Nantucket, Sam Butera, and Wildest. His eclectic style of lead guitar has made him a favorite here in Florida and throughout the southeast, playing in some of the finest casinos, hotels, and nightclubs such as Resorts International Casino and Hotel, MGM Grand, The Venetian Hotel, Atlantis Resort Bahamas and many more!
He has been performing with Think Big since April 2015.
Mike also released a solo album in 1978 which quick gained attention and was featured as the album of the month in Georgia!
Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals, Harmony Vocals
Darren’s musical roots stem from the depths of the Mississippi delta to the Jazz
clubs of Downtown London. With his entire family performing in numerous Jazz and live performance establishments in DowntownLondon, his musical DNA was set. He started playing bass guitar at age 12.
Darren’s mother was the musical director for Eglin Air Force Base recreation center and this was where he met some of the finest musicians that took him under their wings. He learned to play and appreciate all styles of music.
Beginning his professional, he then attended Seminole State College on a Bass performance scholarship. Darren has shared the stage with Spyro Gyra, Marcus Roberts, Willie Nelson, Wayne Newton, Bob Hope, Hal Ketchum, and has performed for many local events in the Orlando area. He now calls his musical home Think Big and brings more than 40 years of playing experience with him.
We have been honored and privileged, over the years, to have had these individuals grace the stage with us.
Lead Guitar and Lead & Harmony Vocals
Gary Swinard hails from the UK. His musical career spans four decades of performance, including working along side and in the company of artists such as Jeff Beck, Deep Purple, Jethro Tull and many more.
Gary Sings Lead Vocals on many Classic Rock songs.
Gary’s interest in country music started in the late 70’s touring with a popular British country band.
His last English band of 14 years, ‘Live N’ Kickin’, was known as one of the best classic rock bands
in the south of the country and was a frequent visitor to the main stage at Disneyland Paris.
Bass Guitar, Harmony Vocals
Born in England, Barry Dean is a product of the British music scene of the 60’s. He toured England and Europe with several bands and in 1970 became a founding member of “Oblivion Express” with world-renowned organist/keyboard player Brian Auger.
As well as playing bass, Barry wrote and co-wrote several pieces on the albums “Second Wind,” “Straight Ahead” and “Closer To It,” the latter being one of the few albums to appear on Billboard’s R&B, Pop & Jazz charts. Now a resident of Central Florida, Barry has also worked with “The Midnight Creepers” and now is happy to be a part of THINK BIG.
Bass Guitar, Harmony Vocals
Keyboards & Vocals
Jay graced the stage with Think Big for more than a dozen years and left in October 2017 to enjoy his retirement. He was the main contributor to the band’s soulful sounds of the oldies and MoTown roots. Over the years he contributed a Billy Joel tribute and did amazing covers of Joe Cocker’s hits. We wish him and his lovely wife, Mary, the very best in their downtime!
The Original Prairie Dawgs Band…Road Dawgs Band…Think Big!
Chris Skoluda – Keyboards & Vocals
Gary Swinard – Lead Guitar & Vocals
Elliot Hart – Harmonica & Vocals
Colin Findley – Acoustic Guitar & Vocals
Kurt Bacon – Drums
Mark Richards – Bass Guitar