The Desert Dreams Players
Photos of Dick Wagner, Alan Gordon & Otto D'Agnolo: Randall Michelson
Otto D’Agnolo is an Emmy Award Winning songwriter, musician, recording engineer, record producer and author, as well as owner and Chief Engineer of Chaton Studios, a world class Pro Audio recording facility in Phoenix, Arizona. His studio walls are covered in RIAA Certified Gold and Platinum Records. Otto’s diverse body of work includes projects ranging from Paul McCartney, Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers, Itzak Perlman and The Gin Blossoms to Rap superstar DMX.
Fred Mandel: Toronto born Freddie Mandel has lent his dazzling keyboard virtuosity to revered superstars including Elton John, Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd, Queen, Super Tramp and Cheap Trick among many others. Freddie is a superb musician with a particularly keen sense of humor, and an ability to attack a recording session with fresh focus and consummate musicianship every time, every take.

BOBBY FLORES is a Grammy Award Winning recording artist and winner of innumerable music awards. In 2004 alone, Bobby swept the roster of prestigious awards, including Academy of Western Artists’ "Western Swing Instrumentalist of The Year," "Fiddle Player of the Year," "Male Artist of the Year 2004" - 3rd Coast Music, "Album of The Year (Just For The Record)" and "Top 10 Album of The Year 2004" (Take Country Back.) A child prodigy and professional musician by age 7, Bobby has played with Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Johnny Bush, Doug Sahm, Freddy Fender, to name just a few. A “musician’s musician,” Bobby has exquisite fluency in electric and acoustic guitar, classical guitar, pedal steel, fiddle/violin, mandolin, bass, as well as in arranging and composing.

James Kalson began his professional career at 13 as Bass player in The Kalson Family Band. He went on to play with Tammy Wynette, George Jones, The Statler Brothers, Ronnie Milsap. As a jazz artist, he has performed extensively with Jon Faddis, Ndugu Chancler, Paquito D'Rivera. The quintessential bass player, Jim is renowned for his precision technique and ability to play 10 studio tracks in a row without a single retake. Jim has performed music ranging from country to rock and jazz to Broadway and Tejano. Additional studio credits include commercials and jingles for Bud Light, Red Lobster, Coca Cola, among others.
Randy Reinhard’s Pedal Steel and keyboard artistry have enhanced the performances of music greats such as Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, Barbara Fairchild, Larry Gatlin. Randy’s vibrant and soulful style merges a sophisticated fusion of jazz, country and down home blues. Randy was blessed to develop a close personal friendship with his mentor, Buddy Emmons, pedal steel guru and creator of the revered Emmons Pedal Steel Guitar. As Randy says, “It was like hanging with Picasso, watching him paint.” He’s been featured on TV shows including Hee Haw, Nashville Now, Grand Ole Opry, Bob Hope, Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas, Pop Goes the Country. Hey, Randy’s even tap danced on the Ted Mack Hour. Alex Cyrell began his professional music career at 15 as drummer for the “Show band” in the Catskill Mountains, upstate New York. He’s had the privilege of playing drums with Michael Jackson, Tom Jones, Jackie Wilson, Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughn, Big Joe Turner among many others. In 1980, Alex segued from playing music into manufacturing products for the music industry. Together with his wife, Suzy Michelson, Alex founded Omnimount Systems, a company that has become a benchmark accessory for the audio, theatre and home furnishings industries.

Suzy Michelson began her life in music as a Voice major at Boston University. By day, she studied counterpoint and composition; but at night, her passion was rock and roll. Her diverse musical experiences took her from Opera and Italian Art Songs to R&B, Rock and Country. She has had the honor of working with Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Hoyt Axton and Mary Wells, among others. In 1980, with her husband Alex Cyrell, she founded Omnimount Systems and Future Primitive Designs Ltd. The two companies have become standard music industry accessories, with products selling in more than 50 countries worldwide. Suzy is an avid linguaphile and speaks Spanish, French, Italian as well as English.

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