Barry Berman – Keyboards and Vocals
Barry was born and raised in New York, spending his teenage years in Brooklyn. He began piano lessons
at age eight, and while in the eighth grade he joined his first band, The Beginning’s End on the mighty
Farfisa organ!! (man, we were so incredibly clever back in those days, weren’t we?).
As was typical for the era, Barry was part of many different groups during the late 60’s and early ’70’s.
These groups often had similar or even the same personnel, but went by such exciting and memorable
names as Painted Pride, Salamander, Shakespeare’s Bacon Conspiracy, and East River Drive – a Chicago
clone band that still gets together in New York City for a yearly reunion jam.
While in college, Barry played keyboardsin various bands including Brooklyn’s YES tribute group –
Doctor C, Staten Island’s Chalice and Long Island club band, Glass Garden.
During the 80’s, Barry was a member of Staten Island’s David J. and the Constant Johnson Band backing
up the late, great David Johnson, and was a founding member of Nite Shift with drummer Kirk Herold.
Just for the heck of it, Barry took a few years off from the music scene to attend medical school, get
married, and change his entire life. (Go figure!)
He and his family moved to the South Jersey area in 1998. During the day, he maintains his “secret identity”
as a “mild-mannered’ pediatrician in Salem, NJ.
Dean Kershaw – Drums
Dean was born in South Jersey. At the age of 9, he began studying the drums under the expert
tutelage of longtime jazz musician Harry Dee, who taught him the art of the Rudimental Snare
Drum at a competitive level.
During the 70’s and 80’s, Dean moved on to some early classic rock type bands here in the South
Jersey area and later teamed up with a college friend and bass player to form a Ray Davies/Kinks
cover band called Rocker. Soon after he took a turn at some progressive/alternative bands including
the high energy force of Manic.
During the 90’s, Dean settled in with a few classic rock and blues type bands. More recently he has
been working in the studio laying down some tracks with the very talanted Mike Marino and his Restless
By day Dean might be found most anywhere in North America providing his engineering services for the
paper and printing industries.
Bob Roomet – Bass
Bob Roomet was born in Philly and grew up in the suburbs. He learned to play guitar and bass while
in high school and played bass in a band for teen dances and proms. After graduation from college,
he traveled the country and then returned to Philadelphia to play music and repair houses.
In 1974 Bob joined “Silver Moon”, an original folk/rock group that played the Main Point and live
concerts on WXPN and WMMR radio stations. Then, in the late 1970’s came the crazy world of rock
and roll and slightly demented sound, light, and road crews. Over the next several years Bob played
full time in the Tristate area as a member of “Saja”, “The Gang”, and “Friday the 13th”; appearing
locally (Dr. Jekyll’s, The Liberty Bell, and The Penalty Box), the “bars from Star Wars” tour
(Starlight City, The Galaxy, Satellite Lounge) and the bleary-eyed shore points (The Gables,
Tony Mart’s, and The Dunes till Dawn).
In the mid 1980’s the music again became original with two groups, “Asylum” and “Moving Targets”,
playing the Philadelphia “original” rooms (J C Dobbs, Grendal’s Lair, The Khyber, Dick Lee’s, and The
Empire). Then, the 90’s began and everyone thought the world had settled down a little bit, but the phone
rang and Bob was again on stage with “Frayed Knot” playing Brownies, Whooters and The Pennant. He
rounded out the decade with “Question of Balance” playing every weekend in clubs like The Blarney,
Tom and Jerry’s, and Maddies. Hat’s off to the late Jim Hansel, drummer and vocalist
Now, after recording with E.D .Ward on the “Surfing with the Sharks” CD, Bob has joined “The Slick
Rhodes Band” to have more fun playing good foot tapping music.
Ron Ruggiero – Guitar and Vocals
Ron was born in Paterson, NJ to music-loving parents who exposed him to a wide range of genres.
At age 11, he took up guitar, which would prove to have a significant impact on his life.
Listening to all the great bands of the 60’s and early 70’s Ron was influenced by both acoustic
and electric guitars. In high school he played in several rock bands and through college with many
bluegrass groups. After college, Ron relocated to Philadelphia where he worked as a lighting
technician for Aladdin Lighting Company and traveled the world as a roadie for the English band
Renaissance. In the late 70’s, Ron became a guitar repair apprentice under Roger Sadowsky at Medley
Music in Bryn Mawr, PA.
In 1983, Ron launched his own business repairing and building guitars. He has since become a
well-respected master luthier who is also a certified C.F. Martin Guitar technician. Over
the years, his clients have included many regional and national bands, including Cinderella,
Robert Hazard, The Hooters, and Tommy Conwell. He has also provided technical support for
major music events such as Live Aid.
In 2015, Ron met and joined the Slick Rhodes Band and is having the time of his life!
Ron is married and now lives in Yardley, PA. When he’s not playing or working on a
guitar, he’s out riding his Harley.
Jeff Smith – Guitar and Vocals
J. D. Smith’s vision of heaven is to be playing his Tele (or Strat, or Les Paul)
while riding his Triumph (or Harley). Born in Woodbury NJ in the early 60’s, he
acquired his first guitar, an acoustic, at age ten, a gift from his grandfather
who played accordion and organ at home for fun. Music runs deep in his genes, his
great granddad having supported the family in the 20’s by playing violin with various
orchestras in the Philadelphia theatres and in summer orchestras in Ocean City. He
even played with Jack Benny for a time.
Jeff first played electric guitar at 15, after receiving a semi hollow-body as a gift.
This was the same year that he bought his first motorcycle, a beat up mini bike and
thus his life started on an irrevocable path of bikes and bands that continues to this
day.His first band, Izzard Hemlock – with high school friends Don DeWitt, and Bob Haury
played Black Sabbath to the garage walls and (thankfully) no one else.
In the early 80’s he and friends Jimmy Burns, Frank Lucas Tom Cirone, and Eddie Byrd formed
Fallen Angel, and played the likes of Judas Priest and Ozzie at parties and bars in the
Woodbury/Deptford area.Violation, an 80’s band with Matt Demonic, Mike Jewel and Scott
Palmer morphed into the very popular 20:1 band in the 90’s, singing originals and covers
and playing such auspicious arenas as Nellie’s, Spuds and Suds and The Galaxy.
In 1994, Jeff joined Shady Characters,lead by Vic Monaco with Andy Palermo and Chris Gabris
and spent five years perfecting the tight three-part harmonies and crisp arrangements that
made them a popular rock, blues and soul band in bars and clubs all over South Jersey
and PA.Before joining Slick Rhodes, Jeff played with Second Hand Smoke for 2 years, behind the
sensational vocals of Donna Davis and company. As a local boy with a lot of connections,
don’t be surprised to see Matt (20:1) or Donna (Second Hand Smoke) sitting-in for a song or two
whenever Slick Rhodes hits the stage!
In his day job, Jeff turns peach orchards into housing developments. Uh… Wait a minute!
That’s not what we meant.
What we really mean is: Jeff is a builder and site safety director for a national builder that
offers partially wooded luxury home sites among fields of permanently preserved pristine open
Yeah, THAT’S what we meant.