Darian Rivera is a singer/songwriter currently on his “Coffeehouse Tour” throughout the tri-state area.
A graduate of F. D. Roosevelt High School, Class of 2001. Darian grew up in the Hudson Valley. He began playing music in the Ralph R. Smith Elementary School Marching Band under the direction of Ms. Janice Holloway and continued to play the trumpet into his senior year of high school under the teachings of Jim Osborn. It was in that final year of high school that Darian also joined an organized chorus for the first time. He sang tenor that year under the leadership of Mrs. Laurie G. Woolever. He learned guitar while attending Dutchess Community College, and earned his undergraduate degree from Marist College.
For years, Darian was very involved in the local community as a member of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, and Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan martial arts. He coordinated special events at the FDR Presidential Library & Museum. Today, Darian lives in Newport, Rhode Island, and is happy to be back to his home town to play for you.
Eric Garrison is a singer/songwriter who combines a variety of influences in his original music. Drawing from a broad palette of musical traditions, he fashions music that has been hailed for its "expressive melodies, insightful themes, and sensitive yet bold and direct lyrics." (Taconic Newspapers) As a performer, Eric is known for the warmth of his shows, for his humorous stories and articulate perspectives on the human condition, and for the strong rapport that he develops with his audiences. The Stamford Advocate (Stamford, CT) calls him "the consummate performer, telling stories and singing his original songs as though he was entertaining in his own living room.
Eric was the founding coordinator for the Swannanoa Gathering's Contemporary Folk Week and Performance Lab Week programs and worked there as an instructor from 1992 through 2006, when he started his own program, Cedar Run Song Workshops, located in Madison, VA. Two of his songs, "Lehigh Valley Line" and "Breathing" came in 2nd and 4th in the 2000 WAMMIE Awards in the folk and pop categories, respectively, and in 2009 and 2010, Eric was a judge for the Songwriters' Association of Washington, D.C.'s annual songwriting contest.
Ethan Campbell sings and plays a wide range of favorite songs from the the ‘60s and ‘70s, and onward. He goes from tear-jerking ballads to get-up-and-dance rockers with practiced ease, and a sense of fun throughout.
If you like Springsteen, the Stones, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, the Eagles, Elvis, The Allman Brothers, The Band and other Classic artists, you will have a rockin’ good time at Ethan’s shows!
Maria B. Hickey
Maria B. Hickey has fronted a number of cover bands including “Silk & Sounds”, “The Michael Dell Orchestra”, “Four Guys in Disguise”, and “The Maria B. Hickey Band”. She has performed on many stages throughout the Hudson Valley, as well as regionally and off-Broadway. Her voice can also be heard on audio books and radio advertisements. She resides in the beautiful Hudson Valley and is currently a freelance vocalist.
Shari Torres is a Hyde Park teacher. She has been teaching art throughout the district for 15 years and is a HPCSD alumni. For the Hyde Park Education Foundation Memorial Day activities, Mrs.Torres will work with students on creating origami art. She will be assisted by her son who is an avid creator of origami art.
The Plan Bees
Doug Belding -FDR ‘77, Rob Sanderson, Bryan Marquardt, Bradley Marquardt
The Plan Bees have been playing music individually since childhood. Each musician has taken unique path and with diverse musical experiences. Seven years ago, The Plan Bees came together and began their collective musical journey, mixing divergent interests and musical styles together.
At any particular event you’ll hear a mix of Broadway, pop, blues, country and good old rock and roll! They joke that their mission is to play every song that was ever recorded. They aren’t quite there yet but are always working on it - with an eclectic mix of music, you’ll never know what song will be coming up next!!
This is Us
Kevin & Carol Becker, Rich Keyes, Ken Sheehan
Start with deep roots in traditional folk music, add musical versatility, mix in both historical and contemporary themes, all seasoned with a healthy dose of good-natured humor, then enjoy a performance by THIS IS US!
A newly formed musical group, THIS IS US has developed a unique sound that combines breathtaking vocals, instrumental dexterity, and a synergy that comes only from an intimate knowledge of each other's talents. That sound starts with Kevin's intricate finger picked guitar, augmented by his impeccable harmonica playing. Carol's soaring vocals, clear, bright, and pure, stand out when solo and form compelling harmonies with Kevin and Ken’s blending voices. Ken adds the skillful touch of a virtuoso on guitar and it’s all anchored by Rich's solid rhythms on upright bass and his driving bluegrass-influenced banjo. They feature other instruments as well, notably mountain dulcimer, recorder, bodhran, Appalachian limber horse, and various whistles.
Their repertoire ranges from historical ballads to songs of social significance, from traditional folk songs to compositions by contemporary artists. Original material and instrumentals add to the variety. Their easy manner and relaxed stage presence encourages audience participation, and contribute to their entertaining performances.
The First Ladies
The First Ladies are Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School’s women’s a Capella group. Currently in their eighteenth year, they have performed music spanning many decades and styles, and they have been a staple at school events throughout their tenure. Additionally, they have performed in many community settings, including the unveiling of a new stamp series for the Postmaster General of the United States. This year, they hosted the fifth annual a Capella Invitational festival at FDR, providing workshops for students from other area high schools. They have worked with several college a Capella groups and professionals. First Ladies are students who love to singing and having a great time together, and believe music forges bonds between people from all backgrounds.