VOCALS, (and a little) NIPPLE FISH - Betsy is the proud mother of five beautiful kids. The babies just kept showing up until she and her husband figured out what was causing it...and quit drinking. After working tirelessly as chauffeur, cook, laundress, PTA representative, and all around domestic goddess, her children became teenagers and no longer needed her. She heard Mr. Wilson Band one night at Frasier's, and an idea was born. She figured the best way to get even with her kids was to join a rock and roll band and embarrass them beyond belief. She immediately started stalking the members of the band. When the restraining order didn't work, they reluctantly invited her to join their merry troupe. She now does their laundry, their cooking and In exchange, they occasionally let her sing (and sometimes even play the nipple fish).
       
   

LEAD VOCALS, (and a little) DRUMS - A singer is someone who sings well. A vocalist is someone that people like to hear sing. That makes me …. a lawyer. I could say that music is my life, but, of course, that would be a lie. I think I’d still rather be a professional baseball player. This is my third band, the first two being the memorable High Velocity and the ever popular The Border. If you remember either one of those bands, I am very, very sorry. I’d like to thank my 8th grade chorus teacher for teaching me that one can be musical and have a colorful combination of gray and green hair (I still don’t understand that one). I’d also like to thank 5 out of 6 of my band mates for being older than me.

Top 3 most overheard questions at a mister wilson gig: (3) The cute blond chick is pretty good, but who’s the nerdy guy standing next to her?; (2) How come nobody up there ever smiles?; (1) Who the f*#!@ is mister wilson?!

       
 
 
   


GUITAR - Ben was constantly thrown out of every music class he attended starting with Miss Strahans's elementary school class. Prior to age 39, Ben's only musical experience came in pre-school when he held a miniature "STOP" sign like a guitar and pretended to strum along to early Beatles songs. Being a long time fan of the Grateful Dead after Jerry Garcia's death Ben said "what the hell" and decided that he wanted to learn how to play the guitar. mister wilson came by, I got on, that's when it all began.

       
 
 
   

DRUMMER - Rj took up drumming in 1998, at the ripe age of 38 , when her then 9 year old daughter decided that she wanted to quit her pre-paid drumming lessons.

The potential loss of $100 for the unused lessons had absolutely nothing — possibly something — totally everything — to do with her decision to pick up where her daughter left off.

Finally, although she doesn’t quite remember, Randee also believes she heard that drumming would help prevent an early onset of acute memory loss. She has been beating the skins ever since.

Finally, although she doesn’t quite remember, Randee also believes she heard that drumming would help prevent an early onset of acute memory loss. She has been beating the skins ever since.

       
 
 
    KEYS, VOCALS - Ever since Bob blew the audience away with his ska-calypso version of “Good King Wenceslas” in Mrs. Heller’s 2nd grade piano recital at Bedford Elementary School, he knew that playing rock and roll was his destiny. However, his love of sports kept him from pursuing this dream. Sadly, as an offensive and defensive lineman for the second-place Milford Mill High School football team (all the other schools were tied for first), Bob suffered a near fatal splinter riding the bench. He then pursued a career in medicine, determined to win the Nobel Prize for his work in the area of infectious cuticle disease. When his thesis was roundly rejected by the nominating committee, his life went into a tailspin filled with despair. He finally hit rock bottom where he was found lying in a curb along North Avenue when the members of mister wilson found him yelling “Free Bird” at the top of his lungs.
       
 
 
   

GUITAR - You know how the Wizard of Oz starts out in sepia tones ? Gradations of light and dark. After the tornado, Dorothy emerges from the crashed house and everything is in bright color...When I was six, my parents came home with a copy of Meet The Beatles - and when I heard the first chords of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" the color of the world changed...At the age of six I renounced medical school (sorry mom), and knew that one day I would wear pointy black zip up boots, have strange hair, and would reside in Liverpool. I took up the guitar, and began practicing my English accent.

But you know, tastes change, and so do dreams. Fast forward to New York where, I was playing in a band called Motley Jew, one of the better Hasidic Jewish Motley Crue tribute bands. As gratifying as it was (we did an amazing version of Dr. Feelgood, changing the lyrics to Dr Feingold), something wasn't right, something was missing, (and it is difficult to play heavy metal music with all of that clothing on and the sable hat).

And then it came to me...like a bolt of lightning...Baltimore...Baltimore is kind of similar to Liverpool, and people call you "Hon", and the hair......and wear strange shoes too...We would move to Baltimore, and I would seek that huge splash of color that Dorothy saw when she walked into Munchkinland. And you know...Munchkinland, if you think about it, is a lot like Pikesville...

So we moved the whole family to Baltimore, and now I get to play Twist and Shout.

 
       
       
 
 
   


LEAD VOCALS, HARMONICA, (and a little) GUITAR - After concluding a successful career of selling used pencils to the neighbors at the tender age of five, Jodi began performing in family living room skits and plays for her family (on the guest list) and the aforementioned neighbors ($6 at the kitchen door, $3 'round back). When the homey audience began to feel too quaint for the burgeoning star, Jodi took her act on the road ~ singing and dancing her way to the top of the middle school charts in huge productions like "Noah's Ark" (Jodi played Mouse #1), and "Shel Silverstein's 'Where the Sidewalk Ends'" (various parts in the chorus, and helped with important costumes and other stage hand work).

Middle school fame launched her entertainment career into the stratosphere and allowed her extraordinary privileges like singing in the Toronto Skydome, showers (hers and others), the Pittsburgh bar scene (only after failing Women's Choir in college) in the early 90s, and local Baltimore karaoke joints to her famous "few teeth followers" groupie gang over multiple Natty Bohs.

The sound and fury of the stage propelled Jodi onward in "the biz" climaxing a near 30 year career when she joined mister wilson in the fall of 2003. Jodi will "blow the horn, and tap the tambourine" for many many years to come -- as long as dividends from those pencil sales continue to fund her (and the fan base she pays off to attend every performance).

       
 
 
   


BASS- Michael’s musical career began as a trumpet player. It was through the leadership of Mr. Gatto in Sudbrook Junior High School that he developed a passion for all that was music.

Soon after Mr. Gatto threw him off of his chair in class and broke his trumpet, (for reasons unknown … although class behavior was mentioned in the meeting with the Principal) Michael began playing the bass guitar.

And oh what a bass player he was. Jamming with the likes of Gary Frahm (now with Tall in the Saddle and Spiral) and Greg Davenport (now playing in a living room near you), Michael developed a style that has not been duplicated to this day.

Fast forward 30 years, and Michael is now touring with the soon to be famous mister wilson. (otherwise known as MWB) Catch him in concert now … because, none of us may be around in another 30 years!

 

           
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