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Meet The Epics Today

David Beck
Drums

Drummer Dave Beck began his musical journey in the early fantastic 70's when live bands were at every party, school event and club. These years were loads of fun playing "Gloria" and "Hang On Sloopy" with The Indelibles, "You Just Keep Me Hangin' On" with The Ever So Few, and every Motown song there was with The Blues. Dance music with The Sultans, southern rock with Street Noise, jazz ensembles with Jamey Aebersold and the plays Godspell and Guys and Dolls took up the next few years.

After that a parade of club bands like Cahoots and Willie Dee and The Kings Men paid the bills for a while. Three plus years playing electric bluegrass with The Cumberlands gave Dave the opportunity to play clubs, festivals and concerts with national acts, record three albums and several television shows.

In 1979 Dave had the honor and great privilege to follow Marvin Maxwell, taking over the drum chair in the Fabulous Epics.  He considers himself extremely lucky to support one of Louisville's premier vocal groups, recording one album and playing top venues in Louisville and surrounding cities.

Dave keeps his musical skills sharp by performing with other groups from time to time, and tries very hard to faithfully recreate the drum parts to the timeless classic songs that make up The Epics repertoire. He continues to be challenged and works hard to live up to the level of talent and commitment that the other members bring to the band. They inspire and motivate Dave to rise to a very high level of performance.

Lynn Cline
Vocals

Since the age of 7, Lynn Cline has been involved with music in a variety of different venues, starting as a boy chorister in his church choir.   At age 15, he was the founding member of THE EPICS with a group of friends from Atherton High School.  As their popularity grew, they added musicians from other local high schools, including girl singers, a first among local rock groups.  THE EPICS are still a local favorite in the Louisville music scene. From bass soloist duties in his church to performing in Kentucky Opera productions with the Louisville Orchestra, Lynn continues to expand his musical experiences. 

Steve Hartley
Bass Guitar & Vocals

Steve started playing guitar in 1959 in Clarksville Indiana. He was inspired by childhood friend Jimmy Orten, bass player in Soul Inc.
 
Playing guitar and bass along with vocals in rock ‘n’ roll groups in Owensboro, KY from 1960 to 1966, he developed his falsetto performing songs by Frankie Valli & the 4 Seasons.

Steve attended Kentucky Wesleyan College from 1962 to 1963 on a music scholarship majoring in voice. He moved back to the Louisville area in 1964 and started playing bass with the Sultans.

Continuing with bass and vocals in a Top 40 band from 1967 to 1971, he played in Arkansas, Mississippi, and the Memphis TN area. Steve also recorded at Sam Philips Studio and studios in Nashville.

In 1976, WAKY radio personality Johnny Randolph put Steve in touch with Dave Snowden of Triangle Talent. Dave set up an audition with The Epics.  Lynn Cline was impressed with Steve’s falsetto, harmonizing ability, lead vocals and bass playing and hired Steve on the spot. Since then Steve has been a key member of the Fabulous Epics.

Tony Ratterman
Keyboards

Tony Ratterman, is the Epic's original piano and keyboardist (St. Xavier H.S. ’63).  He joined the band in 1962 with Bob Sehlinger – drums (St. Xavier H.S. ’63), Phil Peters – sax (St. Xavier H.S. ’62), and Bob McDonald – vocals (Trinity H.S. ’63), all members of the “Frogie and the Gremlins Band” of Trinity High School classmates.

Tony co-wrote The Epics' instrumental recording “Theme for Janet” with Phil Peters in 1962 on a family vacation to Hilton Head Island.  Amoung his credits, is the opportunity to have played a show at the Louisville Convention Center with the father of Rock-n-Roll, Chuck Berry, in 1985.

Tony wrote a music accompaniment to “The Lord’s Prayer” which is copyrighted and available as a demo for church choirs.  He continues to write music and provides “The Epics” with musical ballast during their performances.

Toni Renfro
Vocals

As daughter of founding Epics member Lynn Cline, Toni has literally been jamming to the Epics since she was born.  Toni began her own singing and performing career at the tender age of 5 when she joined her church choir and became a soloist and section leader.  Throughout her high school years, Toni sang and performed with the Louisville Youth Choir and Sing-Out Louisville, and studied at Walden Theatre where she performed numerous roles, sang as a madrigal singer and performed at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville.  A piano student for 13 years, she also studied with Margaret Allen through Berea College and the Windswept Music Workshop and performed in 3 opera productions including the role of the mother in “Amahl and the Night Visitors”.  During her years as a student at Centre College in the mid-1980’s, Toni sang with the Centre Messiah Singers and performed many roles including Hermia in “A Midsummer’s Night Dream”, Lady Bracknell in “The Importance of Being Earnest” and Dora Strang in “Equus”, among others.  Toni took time off from performance and singing while in law school, but returned to the stage after earning her law degree performing with Stage One and singing with the Louisville Orchestra as a member of the Rawhide Chorus for the Roarchestra concerts at the zoo.  Toni joined the Epics in 2004 and is thrilled to be able to share this musical experience with her father, Lynn, and godfather, Tony Ratterman.  

David Sisk
Lead Guitar & Vocals

Born in 1949, David grew up in the music-rich Durrett/St. X area of Louisville, and got his first guitar when he was six.  He began formal music lessons on clarinet when he was eight, "real" guitar lessons a few years later, and played in his first rock and roll band shortly after turning thirteen.  David continued taking guitar lessons, teaching guitar, and playing in bands throughout high school.  He attended North Texas State University, as a double bass major, but did not finish a degree, as the urge to play live was too great.  After playing with such local groups as The Avanti's, The Experts, The Irvin Twins, and others, and touring with numerous groups, including Hank Williams Jr., and The Righteous Brothers, David returned to school, and completed advanced degrees in psychology.  As a psychologist, he focused his practice on working with the chronic schizophrenic population, and then marriage and family therapy.  During this time, he continued to play in bands, and with a former band-mate, opened Vogue Recording Studio.  He has recorded projects for several artists, as well as two CD's of original music he and his friend have written.  They have also written three musicals, and are putting the finishing touches on the fourth.  A few years ago, David's friend, Steve Hartley, invited him to audition for The Epics and has been rockin' and rollin' ever since.  "It's great music, from a great time period, that is great fun to play, and listen to.  I hope everyone comes out to hear The Epics every chance they get". 

Jean Ulmer
Vocals

Jean Loader Ulmer fell in love with singing in her early teens when she discovered she could carry a tune.  Through school she joined every choral group that fit into her schedule.  She even entered the Miss Spartan talent contest and won.  There were other groups, too, outside the halls of Jesse Stuart High School including the Agape’ singers, a touring group of ecumenical youths from all over the city; and a band known as “Monkey Meeks and the Colonels” managed by Dude Walker in 1974.  Several years later she was invited to join a local band called The Epics. Jean loved her time with the group but other opportunities presented themselves out of town, so she left the band and Louisville. 

After that adventure and back in Louisville, she met and married the love of her life, Tom, and gave birth to two beautiful daughters, Jessica and Hannah.  She took some time away from the music world and worked by day as a media buyer for an ad agency. Her family then joined St. Albert the Great Catholic Church where she began singing again, in the choir and as Cantor for Masses, weddings and funerals.  Around that time she ran into her old friends, The Epics, who were playing for a local fund raiser. After that meeting she was invited back into the group.  That was 12 years ago and she’s loved every minute of it.

 

The Epics

Original Members:
Janie Moss - Lead Vocals, replaced by Janet Wilson '63
Lynn Cline - Lead Vocals
Bobby McDonald - Vocals
Lindy Best - Vocals, 'til late 63
Pam Bertoli - Vocals, replaced by Pat Cline '63
Bill Major - Lead Guitar, replaced by Carl Boyd '64
Wayne Glore - Rhythm Guitar
Jan Perrin - Bass Guitar, replaced by Roy Moore '62, replaced by Tommy Johnson '63, replaced by Robert "Rocky" Adcock '64
Phil Peters - Sax, replacved by Ronnie Keys '62, replaced by Larry Welentachick '63
Tony Ratterman - Keyboards, replaced by Chick Becker '63
Art Mengel - Drums, replaced by Ric Charles '64, replaced by Mickey Lunsford '64

 

 

The Epics' "Special 45th Anniversary Edition" CD not only contains the songs that have endeared them to fans for years, but also bonus tracks from their "Live Over The Years" CD. It's a MUST HAVE

 

 

The years of support The Epics have received from Southern Indiana, Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky have been incredible. "We Belong Together" is truly our song.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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