meet the Band
keyboards & vocals
At a young age, Bob realized he could play the piano by ear, copying his older sister note by note after she played “The Entertainer” one day in their basement. Ever since then, Bob has enjoyed playing the piano and keyboards at a number of venues, including writing and producing the single “Celebrate My Soul” (Breaking In), which is now available on ITunes, Amazon, and Spotify. Bob has also recorded with other artists and played piano for a song recently produced at Station West Studios in Nashville. He has worked in video production and sports broadcasting for over 30 years, and is married to his wife Beth. He enjoys spending time with his three children, their families and grandchildren, William, Emma, Claire & Myles.
Drums & Percussion
Born in Italy, and grew up in Canada, Franco started playing percussion at the age of 12, focusing mainly on jazz while in high school and college. While in college, he taught percussion at Ryson’s Music Studio in Niagara Falls, Canada, and has also recorded for the Forrest Street Music label. Franco earned a PHD in Mathematics in 1996, and has worked as a math professor for Ohio University since 1997. He has lived in Lancaster since 2001, and loves to collect percussion toys.
bass & vocals
It all started in the church choir…well almost. The Long family had been actively involved in theater, music and even dance before little Joe arrived on the scene. He appeared in his Christmas pageant at 4 months old, and his first musical at 8 months old (mostly as a prop). This eventually led to the church choir, piano lessons, playing the trumpet, guitar and bass. Joe is a graduate of the Capital University Conservatory of Music (2005), works at JP Morgan Chase, and is highly active in his church. He enjoys riding his Harley and spending time with his wonder wife Nicole, and their baby girl Miriam.
Shane discovered his musical abilities at an early age. His Dad and Uncle were founding members of the local band Whiskey River, so he didn’t have to go too far to experience live music! Shane grew up listening to a wide variety of musical styles, and he appreciates music in all its forms. Playing the guitar for over 20 years, Shane has been in several local bands, performing covers and original music spanning several genres. Shane’s musical influences include Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Journey, The Doobie Brothers, Billy Squire, and Rush. His energetic stage presence and gritty guitar tone give Bad Influence just the right amount of ‘heaviness.’ Shane has a Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio University in Interdisciplinary Media Arts. When he’s not playing music, he enjoys spending time with his wife Kady, as well as friends and family.
Leadguitar & vocals
Affectionately known as "Mo", Damon's vocals are the heart and soul of Bad Influence. He's been a staple on the Central Ohio music scene for 25 years, now, fronting popular bands such as UberGroove, Lords of Literature, and Pearl River. He has served as the primary vocalist on three albums of original music, and has been a fixture in the studio covering dozens of popular cover tunes. A graduate of Ohio University, Mo is in his 19th year of teaching kids social studies. In his spare time, he is a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo. He is married to his high school sweetheart and has two children