Dave Wright: Guitar
In the course of his career, guitarist-composer Dave Wright has played gigs at venues from the US West Coast to Western Europe. Some musical accomplishments include more than 300 shows at Radio City Music Hall as house guitarist with the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra; many shows with performers such as the Fifth Dimension, Diahann Carroll, Charo and Frank Sinatra Jr.; performing with the Rochester Philharmonic Pops for artists including Patti Page; recording on albums and industrial recording sessions; performing with many of western New York’s most talented musicians, including four years with Prime Time Funk, various dates with the Bill Tiberio Group and others.
Dave has recorded a number of original albums, the most recent of which is Dave Wright and The Band Of Opportunity’s “Aurora Borealis”, available on this website, Spotify, and other major resellers.
Dave studied jazz guitar with Gene Bertoncini (alum of Wayne Shorter, Hubert Laws, Clark Terry, Paul Desmond), Randall Dollohan (alum of Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Turrentine, Edgar Winter, Steve Morse) and Tom Rizzo (alum of Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinsen), and attended the Studio Jazz Program at the University of Miami, Coral Gables.
Dave is the son of Rayburn Wright, award-winning composer, arranger and jazz educator (as head of Eastman School of Music’s Jazz and Contemporary Media Department). While growing up, Dave was lucky enough to spend time around the many musicians his father worked with, for example Keith Jarrett, Toots Thielemans, Dave Brubeck, Nigerian drummer Olatunji, and Henry Mancini.
Dave is also the son of the talented artist Doris B. Wright. With an artist for a mother and a musician for a father, Dave grew up in a home where writing a song or creating art was a normal and consistent activity, and this had a deep effect on his life. When Dave is not at home, he is often traveling to beautiful and exotic places around the world, usually with a guitar and a big camera in hand.
Ryan Muchard: Drums and percussion
Ryan Muchard is a Rochester percussionist who enjoys playing funk, rock, Latin and the many subgenres of jazz. He has been making music with Dave Wright ever since saxophonist Dustin Wright (Dave’s son) invited him to a jam session. Ryan especially enjoys playing Dave’s music because it allows him to be creative and expressive on the drums. Ryan also produces his original music in another group called Crimson Dreams which can be found on Spotify.
Doug Fien: Bass
Doug started playing upright bass in elementary school as a prank. The joke was on him, but he continued and progressed to playing bass guitar in high school under jazz pianist George Giroux. Doug played in a jazz quintet in clubs and restaurants while in high school, attended Crane School of Music for one year and then left music for military service. Later he performed two years with the MCC jazz ensemble where he met many local musicians. During the 1980s and 1990s Doug was busy playing in local jazz, party and rock bands. Doug is pleased to be working with Dave, recording and performing his music.
ALUMNI OF THE BAND
Philippe Lewalle: Keyboards (2020–2021)
Philippe grew up in Syracuse, New York, where he was fortunate to begin taking piano lessons at age 7, and have the opportunity to begin studying jazz at age 10. Philippe ultimately studied both Music and Physics at the University of Rochester in New York. His contributions to the Band Of Opportunity recordings occurred as he was finishing his dissertation on quantum measurement and control. While Philippe has since moved to Berkeley, California for a Post-Doctoral position, he looks back on these pandemic recordings with gratitude.
Scott Bradley: Keyboards and trumpet (2021–2022)
Composer/pianist/trumpeter Scott Bradley’s music infuses memorable melodies and jazz harmonies into contemporary R&B rhythms. He is a freelance musician in Upstate New York with a Masters Degree from the Fredonia College of Music and additional graduate work at the Eastman School of Music. When he is not working in music, Scott volunteers as a translator at New Hope Immigration Legal Services in Rochester.