The Band

Lead Guitar/Vocals: Ray Ochoa | Drums: Tim Zier | Bass Guitar: Mary Farmer | Vocals: Renee Paulik | Michele James | Keyboard/Vocals: Vince Strong

Lead Guitar/Vocals: Ray Ochoa

With over twenty years of experience as a professional rhythm and lead guitarist, Ray plays a wide variety of genres and always makes sure the crowd is having a great time. In the early days, Ray taught basic and advanced guitar to worthy students. To this day he continues to shape the local music scene by mentoring musicians and helping them learn how to best develop their talents. One of his biggest achievements is having toured across the US as the lead guitar player for the Ozzy tribute band Mr. Crowley–also known as the Aultimate Ozzy–spanning ten plus years covering Randy Rhoads, Jake E Lee, and Tony Lomi. Ray has also played in several bands such as The Blizzard of Oz, Royal Flush, and VaudVullian. This is what he loves to do and he does it with passion.

Drums: Tim Zier

Born and raised in beautiful Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Tim was influenced at an early age by his grandfather and uncle who were predominantly country musicians. Self-taught, he started playing drums at age eighteen and has been playing professionally for the last forty years. His influences are Pink Floyd and Pearl Jam. He has played in several bands through the years including; The Toons, Wizard, River’s Edge, Friction, Alternate Tuesday’s and Outside Aces.

Bass Guitar: Mary Farmer

WAMI Nominee Best Bass Player 2019.

Mary started playing the violin in first grade and was included in a small select group put together by a local orchestra teacher. Mary continued with violin in middle school and half way through high school. She would gather with other orchestra students before class for some non-scholastic scores such as the newest beer commercial songs from television or the radio for fun. She participated in solo ensembles annually.

Mary sang in church choir and actually didn’t begin to play the bass guitar until she was an adult. While still taking lessons, she also played some original music with her husband and a friend, moving on to cover tunes and joining her first band in 1990. Different bands over the years brought an expanded variety of music and during the 90’s she played both original and cover music all over Wisconsin. Her love of playing the bass guitar has kept her active in working bands since 1990, as well as a regular host of open jams. Mary gains great pleasure through spreading both love and appreciation for music. She feels blessed to have played with so very many different musical souls over the years and looks forward to playing with many more.

Vocals: Michele James

Michele is from Appleton and and graduated from St. Norbert College with a B.A. in Theater and Communications. She has performed in over 120 stage plays and musicals as well as for TV and movie work.

In addition to her work in Wisconsin, Michele has been the lead singer for various popular bands out of Philadelphia PA, Los Angeles, and Sebastopol, CA. Lead vocalist with Super Vinyl, Seraphin, The Don Giovannis, The Sofa Kings, Tsunami, Celebration, Trik Trax, Touch, Joe Staffieri, Harry Gordan, and Rich Carmen. She has performed in the styles of pop, rock, jazz, and Italian.

Vocals: Renee Paulik

Although she’s been singing since she could speak, Renee’s involvement with structured music started with musicals and plays in elementary school and continued on through middle and high school where she was a member of choir every single year. She was classically trained in Operatic vocal stylings, was a member of Honors Choir, and received private vocal lessons through her highschool years. She was involved in competitive singing, went to state for solo ensemble four times during her educational years, and was also awarded a fully paid scholarship to attend Lakeland Music College’s music summer camp program.  Her interest in singing and music continued well after her vocational years and at the age of twenty-one she started working as a karaoke DJ at multiple venues in the Oshkosh area.  After being employed by two separate karaoke providers in the Oshkosh area, at the age of 31, she started her own karaoke business (EverBrave Entertainment) and now provides weekly entertainment at five different establishments in the city of Oshkosh. From 2016-2019 Renee provided lead vocals for a cover band that performed in the Fox valley area called The Outside Aces. She has since been very active in the Fox Valley music scene and has enjoyed the opportunity of performing/collaborating with many local musicians and bands during her almost fifteen years of involvement with the local music industry.

Vocals: Vince Strong

Vince was raised in Rhinelander, a small town in Northern Wisconsin. As a child Vince learned to play the piano, and later discovered his other musical interests in singing and playing the guitar and drums. Vince has studied and graduated in two vocal performance programs at McNally & Smith College Of Music in St. Paul, MN. First in General Vocal Performance & Second in Advanced Studio Vocal Performance.

Vince’s performance credits include: A Burning Hills Singer in the “Medora Musical”, Solo Piano Entertainment in many clubs all over the Nation–including major cities such as Nashville and Minneapolis–five years of Solo Piano Bar Entertainment on board Carnival Cruise lines, Dueling Piano Bars all over the nation–including four inaugural seasons onboard Norwegian Cruise Lines megaliners–and multiple recording projects. Vince is also an accomplished songwriter with many songs in the Progressive Rock genre.

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