The Promised Band
David Budin (bass, guitar, vocals, musical arrangements) started playing in rock and folk groups as a child, and writing songs when he was 12. By the time he entered high school, he was playing music professionally. When he was in the 11th grade a folk-rock group in New York, the Parayde, recorded two of his songs for their album on a major label.
While in the 12rh grade, he opened for Linda Ronstadt and her group, the Stone Poneys, for five nights at Cleveland’s premiere folk venue, La Cave. A year later, he was a member of a New Jersey rock band that was one of a few groups to eventually evolve into Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. During that time, he opened shows for artists such as the Lovin’ Spoonful, the Grateful Dead, Tim Buckley, Canned Heat and others. He also jammed onstage with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Buddy Miles, Al Kooper and many others.
He signed as a solo artist and songwriter with Sire Records, where he also worked as a record producer, musical arranger. He learned record production from the legendary producer and songwriter Richard Gottehrer (“Hang on Sloopy,” “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “I Want Candy,” Blondie, the Bangles, etc.). During that time, he also began managing performers, one of whom he booked on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and promoting concerts in New York City. He also worked as a stand-up comedian and comedy writer for nightclub and radio personalities, including Bob Lewis (“Bobaloo”) on WABC-FM.
He returned to Ohio and performed as part of a folk duo, and then played in a series of rock bands, while continuing to produce records, write and arrange music, manage and publicize performers, write and perform comedy, and promote concerts.
In the early 1980s, Budin began working in public relations and advertising for radio stations, and then the Cleveland Play House and Cleveland Ballet. In 1986, he joined the editorial staff of Northern Ohio Live magazine, and in 1988, he became its editor. In 1991, he went to Cleveland Magazine as its editor.
He left to try to launch his own music magazine and has worked as a free-lance journalist since, focusing on music, the arts and popular culture. His articles have appeared in many local, regional and national publications. He has also written for organizations including the Rock and roll Hall of Fame and Museum, NASA, Looney Toons, and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.
In recent years, Budin has accompanied his brother, Noah Budin, in many concerts, and performed sporadically on his own. In 2004, he wrote an arrangement of Graham Nash’s song “Teach Your Children” for a 90-member orchestra that accompanied Nash, who sang the song in a concert in Cleveland that was sponsored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
*Edward E. Ridley, Jr. (piano, keyboards) was raised in Washington D.C., graduated from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and majored in Music Composition at the College of Wooster. Moving to Cleveland in 1987, he became active in local and regional theater. Recent theatrical productions include Love Janis, Crowns, The Piano Lesson, Tony & Tina’s Wedding, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Blues in the Night, I Could Stop On A Dime and Get Ten Cents Change and Karamu’s Daughter of a Buffalo Soldier . In addition to extensive theater work, Ed serves as Music Director for the Christian Fellowship Center church. During his former tenure as an instructor for the Christian Music Academy, Ed conducted music workshops in Sweden and England. He now serves on the music faculty at the Eastern Campus of Cuyahoga Community College. Ed’s versatility and talent as a performer has allowed him to accompany such great artists as Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, Walter Hawkins, Jon Hendricks, and Clark Terry.
*Norman Tischler (saxophone, clarinet, flute) has been well known throughout Northeastern Ohio ever since he arrived from New York in 1969. He is a sought-after educator, performer and session man, and teaches woodwinds in numerous studios and schools throughout the area.
Norm has recorded and toured extensively in different settings from Blues with the legendary Robert Lockwood, Jr, Rock n Roll with the Easy Street Band, Folk/Rock with Tiny Alice, Gospel with the Prayer Warriors and Jewish and Yiddish music as Conductor of the Workman’s Circle Klezmer Orchestra, and with Noah and his brother David at a number Temples in the Cleveland area for Shabbat Services, (which he affectionately calls his “House of Jews Tour”).
Norm’s theater credits include Cabaret at the Beck Center for Performing Arts in Lakewood, Oho, Minnie’s Boys at the Cassidy Theater in Parma, Ohio and Beehive at both the Ohio Theater at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio and at Carousel Dinner Theater in Akron, Ohio, the largest dinner theater in the United States. Norm’s film credits include an appearance in HBO’s theatrical release Light of Day with Michael J Fox, Michael McKean and Joan Jett.
*Rob Ticherich (percussion) has been playing drums and percussion professionally since 1989. He has studied at Baldwin Wallace College, Berklee College of Music, Bowling Green State University, and Cleveland State University and has earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Performance and Computer Music Pedogogy. Rob has recorded with the Nimbus Jazz Trio, Lightworks, Trichotomy, Oasis, and Noah Budin. In addition to recording, he currently plays drums and percussion for Oasis, Park Avenue, Brass Taxi and Noah Budin. Rob has also performed for over 80 musicals in the Cleveland area and played the drums for Tony and Tina’s Wedding, the show that holds the record for most consecutive performances in Cleveland. Rob is currently overseeing the Music Technology departments of Cuyahoga Community College East and West Campus and teaches percussion, music theory, and general music classes there.
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