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Daren Barker - Lead Vocals and Guitar
Tom Patterson - Bass and Vocals
Frank Mason - Drummer/Founder
Daren is an inspiring musician from Cedar Rapids, where there are "five seasons" year round... somehow. He was raised by Brian, Rebecca and many other parents nearby, to be the active musician that he is today. A holiday event for his family can include two possible scenarios: ping pong tournaments or music jam sessions. One thing is certain, from singing harmonies to fiddlin' with a little guitar, music is a passion that is family driven for him and will always be a part of his life.
Daren studied music at Kirkwood Community College, where he sang with Jazz Transit (an acappella ensemble) under the direction of Ray Salucka. He has also performed with many cover bands since the age of 16, throughout eastern Iowa. Daren will honestly jam with whatever band is in front of him.
Mr. Barker is our front man, and is very excited to be on board. He is loving all of the rockin' out to some of the greatest classic rock tunes and singing some tasteful harmonies with these guys! His most important roles consist of making sure people have a good time and to party like its 1969!
Tom was born in Iowa and has spent the majority of his life playing bass guitar. He has been in bands ranging from rock to country to bluegrass and has played nearly every style of music. He has opened for a number of major acts through the years and his vision of music is clear...play for the crowd..and always give them your best performance.
His influences are too many to list since he believes everyone he has heard has influenced him in one way or another. His favorite style of music is classic rock and New Trick is a perfect fit for him.
Tom enjoys new challenges and continually strives for excellence. He loves music, entertaining and meeting people wherever we play!
Michael Finley - Lead Guitar
Frank is the manager and founder of New Trick. He started general noise-making behind a drum at the age of 8, moving to full drum set by age 10, driving his parents generally insane.
Early on (while he still had hair...we won't discuss the mullet!), he began playing in local bands, while his formal music education was a blend of many genres. Later, while at the University of Iowa, he was a member of the Hawkeye Marching Band but never ventured far from his rock band roots. He played for The Touch, a premier Iowa City band before "retiring" from professional music in 1985.
In the years following, he took time to engage in other lifelong interests that included racing, photography and coaching high school and college baseball. In 2009 the desire to perform professionally again prompted him to seek out other musicians and form what would become New Trick. Hard working, animated and always in motion, his enthusiasm and experience is evident in every performance.
Michael is a multi-instrumentalist and composer living in Iowa City. He met members of New Trick by way of independent music in the area and later joined us as our lead guitar player. Michael has arranged compositions for theater pieces and film projects and has been involved with a variety of groups, performing music inspired by hard rock, new wave chime, film scores, and sludgy atmospherics.
Michael's interest in music has roots in classic rock, and he is excited to contribute to a group that so well captures the spirit of such fiery, feel-good music.