The Martini Shot
THE MARTINI SHOT is a seven-piece, horn-powered, Pop-Rock cover and original band based out of Southern Colorado. The Martini Shot has released four original projects with major influences of Barenaked Ladies, Reel Big Fish, 311, and many others. The band's covers are high energy pop tunes in which they add horns to give it the "Martini Shot flavor". Recognized as Southern Colorado's hottest band, The Martini Shot performs nearly every weekend throughout the year and are staples at local festivals and event series. The band's latest awards include the 2014 Best of Pueblo (Pueblo Chieftain), the 2015 Best of the Springs (Colorado Springs Gazette), and the 2013 Best Cover Band (Indy Music Awards - Colorado Springs Independent). The Martini Shot has had the privilege to open for Eddie Money, Blue Oyster Cult, FogHat, Fire Fall, and Pure Prairie League. They are also in high demand for weddings and private events. The band was established in 2000 with half of the members being local music teachers. The name, "Martini Shot," refers to the Hollywood slang term for the last shoot of the day.
- Lead Vocals/Guitar
Andy (AC) is a Pueblo native, performing since the age of 13. He has studied guitar under Paul Parker, Tom Munch, and John Gerlock. Andy has performed throughout Colorado for various festivals, fairs, and concerts. Andy is a graduate of Adams State College with a degree in Music Education and has also acquired a masters degree in Educational Leadership. He is the Activities/Athletic Director at Pueblo East High School. Andy has been known to draw even the most unwilling crowd to dance and sing along during a Martini Shot show.
Andys Corner - Paul Reed Smith custom 24 (Blue with bird inlays), Paul Reed Smith McCarty (Tortoise with crescent inlays), Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III, Marshall MF 280 4x12 Cabinet, Shure Beta SM58, an occasional cheap saxophone, One pair of sexy buns!
- Lead Guitar/Vocals
Ryan (Sizzle Pizzle) joined The Martini Shot in 2001 after sitting in with the band regularly at Weekends Tavern in Alamosa, CO. He has been playing the guitar since the age of 11, and also enjoys playing bass, drums and other various instruments. Ryan graduated from Colorado State University-Pueblo, and has worked in the insurance industry since 2007. For 7 years, Ryan studied guitar under local musician Rick Greene, and credits him as his biggest musical influence. Other influences include Slash, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown, Dave Navarro, Carlos Santana, Dimebag Darrell, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Tim Mahoney, and many others. Ryan currently lives in Colorado Springs, CO with his wife, 3 sons, and Rottweiler.
Ryan's Corner - Dave Navarro Signature Paul Reed Smith w/ bird inlays (White), Custom 22 Paul Reed Smith w/ bird inlays (Red), Ibanez Acoustic Guitars, Ibanez SG Bass Guitar, Mesa/Boogie Lone Star Special Combo Amp (5,15,30 watt), Mesa 4X12 Cabinet, Line 6 Relay G30 Guitar Wireless System, SKB PS-55 Professional Pedalboard, Original Crybaby Wah Pedal (Black), Xotic Effects BB Preamp (Red), Digitech Whammy Pedal (Red), Danelectro Sitar Simulator (Orange), Boss Octaver (Brown), Digitech Auto Wah (Gold), Boss Phaser (Green), Boss Chromatic Tuner Pedal (White), Digitech Delay/Reverb (Silver), Monster Rock Cables, Dunlop Picks, PRS 9.5 and 10 strings, Warwick Guitar Stands, Jagermeister, Fat Tire Amber Ale.
Like all good super heroes, Brook was found naked flying on an asteroid through space in the F clef nebula. Armed with sub-harmonic powers, The Martini Shot knew he would be a fine addition to their arsenal. When he is not holding down a smooth groove to make your body move, he can be found working his alter-ego job as a high school music teacher.
Brook's Corner - Genz Benz 4x10 and 2x12 bass cabinets, Genz Benz 600 watt head, Boss ME50B effects pedal, Akai Deep Impact pedal, Sans Amp Bass D.I., Modulus Jazz Bass, Thunderbirds bobble heads, ray gun, Digital camera.
Greg is a Pueblo native and has played drums since the age of 9. His influences range from Neil Peart to Steve Gadd. Throughout the years, Greg has played and recorded with various bands such as Southern Comfort, The Big Cat Band and Emilio Emilio. Greg also enjoys writing and performing his own music. He dedicates much of his time to his solo project (Sicosis) which he has released his debut CD performing drums, guitar, bass and vocals. Joining Martini Shot, Greg feels he has found his niche with the unique style of music the band has to offer.
Greg's Corner - Ludwig Drums, Zildjian/Sabian/Paste Cymbals, Vater drum sticks, Evans and Remo drum heads, Tama's Iron Cobra Double bass pedals, DW 5000 Double bass pedals, Gibraltar hard ware and throwns, One old 70's style green suit case, One very smelly rug.
Rob started playing sax and keys for the shot in '03. He is a graduate of Northern Colorado and currently teaches instrumental music at Freed Middle School in Pueblo, CO, his hometown. His favorite horn players are Joshua Redman, Michael Brecker, Kenny Garrett, Stan Getz, John Coltrane and Rob's Grandpa, John Carrillo. Rob began jammin' with many fine local musicians while in high school and went on to play in local favorites, Midnight Taxi, Big Cat Band, and Sam Man & the Apes.
Stephen is a Pueblo native and has been performing since the age of 12. He has studied saxophone under Rob Smith (formerly of Rob’s Music), Rob Smith (long time Martini Shot member), Brad Eastin, and Gary Buss. He also studied guitar under Ryan (Sizzle Pizzle) Walter. Stephen graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2015 where he received his Bachelor’s of Science in Recording Arts. Stephen considers The Martini Shot, especially Rob and Ryan, a major contributor to the musician he has become. He currently works for KBL Industries in Pueblo as a low-voltage cable technician and AV Specialist. Some of his favorite horn players include Michael Brecker, Eric Marienthal, Gerald Albright, Dexter Gordon, Chris Potter, and Joshua Redman.
Stephen’s Corner - Selmer Mark VI Tenor Saxophone - Yamaha Custom ZII Tenor Saxophone- Yanagisawa A991 Alto Saxophone - Accent Soprano Saxophone - SR Technologies and Jody Jazz Mouthpieces - Rico Jazz Select 3 Medium Filed Reeds - AMT Wi5ii Wireless Microphone and Receiver - Taylor 814ce Electric Acoustic Guitar - Carvin CS6m Electric Guitar - Fractal Audio Axe-Fx II - Mesa Boogie Traditional 4x12 Cabinet.
Brian (BP) was called up and joined the Shot in 2003. He spent most of his life in Palmer, Alaska, and came to Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education. Brian currently performs as an enlisted soldier with the 101st Army National Guard Band. After having taught public school for 11 years as the Director of Bands in the Manitou Springs School District, he is currently pursing an aviation career with the Jeppesen Corporation. While not making music, Brian enjoys flying helicopters and riding motorcycles throughout Colorado. Bri's favorites are: Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Barenaked Ladies, and Miles Davis.
Bri's Corner - Trumpet-Yamaha 6310 Z, Mouthpiece-Marcinkiewicz E14*B (Bobby Shew 1), Roland Ax-Synth Keytar, Courtois Paris Flugal Horn, AMT P800BM-5C Bell Mounted Wireless Trumpet Microphone, and a Pepsi on Ice.