The Band
Damon Mollenkopf - Lead and Background Vocals/Keyboard

It became very clear when Damon Mollenkopf was a very young boy and he would sing for 9 hours straight in the many car trips between New York and Ohio and back again, that he was destined to follow one of two paths: He was either going to be a great singer, or he would live the vagabond life of the gypsies who'd adopt him after his parents threw him out of the car. Luckily his parents were patient, patient people.

While all of his classmates were rocking out to AC/DC and Poison in high school, he was unwittingly being molded by artists through his headphones, like: Tower of Power, Quincy Jones, Take 6, Steely Dan and the blue-eyed soul of Hall & Oates. He made his professional debut in 1990 as a founding member of Ohio University's still beloved men's a cappella group, Section 8, and he's never looked back, spending the last 25 years singing all over Central-Ohio in bands, such as: Soul Kitch'n, UberGroove, Chess King, The Lords of Literature, and now with Pearl River.

When not teaching high school kids American History, or studying taekwondo as a 3rd degree blackbelt, he and his wife Amy run a taxi service for their two beautiful children.
Emily Syring - Lead and Background Vocals

​Emily Syring is a vocalist from Columbus, Ohio inspired by jazz, soul/funk, blues, pop and folk styles. In addition to the creation of original works, she collaborates with other musicians to promote interest and uniqueness in the local music community. While receiving her B.A. in Music (Vocal Performance) from Miami University, she expanded her musical influences through attending various jazz, classical and global music conferences and workshops, among them being The Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Program, New York Voices Jazz Camp, Global Rhythms Miami Conference and multiple international conferences in the vocal program. Some artists she credits her major influences to include: Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Esperanza Spalding, Melody Gardot, Amos Lee, Nick Drake, and Patty Griffin. Throughout Columbus, Emily sings with Pearl River,  and The Bluewater Kings Band in addition to working on solo/collaborative acoustic instrumental projects.
Pete Chimbidis - Guitar/Keyboard

​Pete Chimbidis was raised in a steel town in western Pennsylvania, where he started playing guitar in the 3rd grade. There has always been some question, though, as to whether he was a guitarist secretly desiring to play keyboard, or a clandestine keyboardist posing as a guitarist. Thankfully Pearl River Band has made this conundrum a moot point since, with us, Pete gets to play both. Pete loves just about every type of music out there, although his passions are Jazz, R&B, Funk, and Soul.

In his day job with the Franklin County Public Defender, Pete is an attorney who represents juveniles in delinquency and abuse/neglect cases. He and his wife Jennifer have three young sons who destroy Pete in every video game they play. Seriously, it's embarrassing. It's why he doesn't let them go near the keyboard or guitar.
Fred Gablick - Saxophone/EWI

Fred Gablick is a saxophonist who plays around Ohio with many various bands encompassing many styles.  Originally from Pittsburgh, he’s played with B.E. Taylor, Donnie Iris, Ronnie Spector, Richard Berry, the Cadillacs, and many others, and has been on numerous recordings.  In Florida, he played and toured with Floyd Miles, sideman to Gregg Allman.  In Columbus, he’s played regularly with the Secret Soul Band, New Basics Brass Band, Free Beer and Chicken Coalition, Conspiracy, Mary Adam 12, Ekoostik Hookah, Honk Wail & Moan, the Linda Dachtyl quartet, Flypaper, and The Digs, as well as being an in-demand freelance artist for many other local bands and recordings.
Jason Monro - Bass

From Solon, Ohio, Jason began to make a name for himself when he was featured in Jazziz magazine at the young age of 21. Since then, he's been a staple in the Central Ohio music scene in groups like, Chess King, Jamie Ross' band, UberGroove, and as a founding member of Columbus' premiere party band, Sharp Circle. After a brief respite in Southern California, soul and funk aficionados were thrilled to see him back with his new band, Scarlet Fever. Jason is married with two beautiful children.
Willie Barthel III - Drums

​Born in Columbus, Ohio, Willie began to nurture his passion of playing drums at the very young age of 2 years old, when he received his first drum set (which lasted only 5 minutes). Much of his early musical influence came from his father, an organist, and growing up in church. Around the age of 6, his talent quickly became noticeable by many when he started to play at different church conferences, as well as the simultaneous city gospel choir. At the age of 12, he began reading music and studying many different styles of music such as jazz, latin, funk, pop, rock and r&b to enhance his musicality.

Although, Willie is a 2014 graduate of Gahanna Lincoln high school, he was already playing for the high schools show choir during his 8th grade year. During his high school years, he was a part of the top jazz ensemble all four years, was a squad leader in the schools marching band, and was the drummer for the school’s musicals, “Hairspray”, and “West Side Story”. Encouraged by his high school jazz director, Kelly Shellhammer, he auditioned and became a part of Ohio’s All-State jazz ensemble. In addition to being a part of the All-State ensemble, he received scholarships from The Ohio State University and Berklee College of Music, as well as many performance recognition awards. Currently, he is doing studio work and playing at different venues with local bands/artists. He is pursuing a jazz performance degree at The Ohio State University, studying with Jim Rupp.