Pieces of Eight featuring the Lakeside Brass is a band well known to the Cleveland
area. The group has a performing style that is high energy and interactive. A
supercharged combination of talent, showmanship, professionalism and
experience, Pieces of Eight is a premier party band that strikes a chord with just
about everyone. From the highest energy classic rock to the soul of rhythm & blues,
their repertoire creates a perfect atmosphere for a party. If your crowd likes to
dance, that’s what they do best. If your audience likes to be entertained, there is
plenty for them to see and hear.

Pieces of Eight first performed at Wickliffe High School in 1979 as a Blues Brothers
tribute band. The next year, The band made their public debut at the Flipside, a
small bar located in Cleveland Heights. Several members were still in high school at
the time. 2016 marks the 37 year anniversary of Pieces of Eight performing their
brand of high energy music in Northeast Ohio.

For more than three decades, Pieces of Eight has performed at a majority of
Cleveland's favorite night clubs, for college students on spring break in Daytona
Beach, Florida, at many community sponsored events, festivals, concerts, and for
thousands of high school and college students at many different functions. The
band performed a record 24 consecutive summers at the Boathouse in the resort
town of Put-In-Bay, Ohio.

The group brings years of experience to the stage. The band's current line-up
includes guitarists Kurt Kendig and Ken Cali, keyboardist Pat Rehmer, drummer Joe
Blatnik, bassist Joe Lazar and horn players Dan Hannan on trombone, Al Widmer on
trumpet, and Gary Motta on saxophone. All members sing throughout a
performance providing either lead vocals or backing harmonies.

Over the years, the band has performed more than 300 different songs. The
unusual mix of musical talent and instrumentation affords the group the capability
of reproducing a wide variety of material. The musical focus of the band is a mixture
of very recognizable classic rock and popular rhythm and blues. Each performance
is unique and the band arranges the set list to fit the performance and the

* Details *

Pieces of Eight is a diversified group of eight musicians complete with its own horn
section. The band performs a variety of music appealing to diverse audiences.
Pieces of Eight formed in 1979 and performs on a regular basis throughout
northeast Ohio.

* Experience *  

Majority of Northeast Ohio night clubs and bars (too numerous to list them all -
1979 to the present), Daytona Beach, Florida (1983, 1984 spring break), The
Boathouse, Put-n-Bay, Ohio  (1983 - 2007), Huron, Ohio "Boppin' at the Basin"
(1985 - 1994), Cleveland House of Blues (2006, 2008)

* Colleges and Universities *

Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, Hiram College,
Ashland College, Kent State University, Mount Union College, Bowling Green State
University, Xavier University, Akron University

* High Schools *

Mentor High School, Lake Catholic High School, Wickliffe High School, Notre Dame
Academy, Fairview Park High School, St. Edward High School, Villa Angela/St.
Joseph, St. Ignatius, Strongsville High School, West Geauga High School, Chagrin
Falls High School, Painesville Riverside High School, Regina High School

* Civic Events and Festivals *

Square to Square Festival, The Chicken Out, Milan Melon Festival, Cleveland
Municipal Stadium, Richfield Coliseum, Willowick Home Days, East 185th Street
Festival, Vermillion Fish Festival, Better in Mentor Days, Wickliffe Home Days,
Eastlake Freedom Festival, Old World Festival, The Feast of the Assumption in Little
Italy, Saint Mary of Assumption Church Festival, Saint Robert's Festival, Saint
Anselm Parish Festival, National Rib Cook-Off, River Fest, Mount Carmel Festival,
Saint Anselm Festival, Lyndhurst Home Days, Saint Mary Magdalene Festival, Saint
Gabriel Festival, Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce Tournament, Kirtland Kiwanis
Strawberry Festival, Saint John Vianney Festival, National Truck-In and Van Show,
IX Center Indoor Amusement Park

* Corporate Events *

Ford Motor Company, Pepsi-Cola Company, Cleveland Metroparks, Edgewater
Yacht Club, First Energy, Southpoint Hospital, Firelands Medical Center, Cleveland
Heights Police Department, Electrical Workers Union, Kaiser Aluminum, Lake Metro
Parks, Cleveland Construction Company, West Channel Yacht Club

* Benefits *

Throughout their history, Pieces of Eight has performed at a variety benefits and
fund raising events for many different causes. The band supports the Hemophilia
Foundation in memory of our friend, founding member and first lead guitarist, Rob
* About the Band *