About

Who We Are
4 of us
     The Derek Brown Band debuted at the historic Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado on October 17, 2008.  With blues and rock roots as well as healthy doses of jazz, swing and country, the sound of the DBB evades classification.  This group is versatile, engaging and simply fun to watch. 
     The core band-members include; Doug Gelpi, Meg Simon, Brian Payne and Derek Brown.  Though officially formed in 2008, this crew has been enjoying life and creating music together for well more than a decade.   Whether playing blues, swing, americana, or the occasional 80’s pop song, this band is committed to having a good time together and putting smiles on its audience’s faces.  “We put a lot of heart into our music,” says Brown, “and everyone seems to pick up on that at our shows.  If we can bring some real life and joy to others when we play, then we’ve accomplished our goal.”
    Other friends/musicians who perform on a situational basis with the DBB include; Brandon Kessler (drums & founding band member), Keith Ball (bass & founding band member), Will Jones (drums), Tim McMahon (bass), Brian Allen (violin & bass), Erin Gallagher (viola), Ben Yaeger (trumpet), Mark Yaeger (trombone), Tim Owen (drums), and Ralph Pitt (FOH engineer extraordinaire).

BAND

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Meet Our Members
Derek Brown
Vocals/Guitar

Derek Brown, the namesake of the band, forged the band in 2008, along with founding members, Meg Simon, Doug Gelpi, Brandon Kessler and Keith Ball. Brian Payne joined them later in 2011, and “the band felt complete”, says Brown. Derek grew up playing the pubs and bars of an active music scene in Alabama, Georgia and Florida. He began writing songs at the age of 16 and has honed his craft for 30 years. His care for landing a rhyme or phrase is completely satisfying to the musical ear. His vocal strength is a foundation for the authentic roots and Americana feel of the DBB. Derek never has a bad day and that always comes through in his performance.

Meg Simon
Vocals

Meg Simon lends her considerable vocal prowess as the sole female of the Derek Brown Band. Her voice has the timeless elegance of Rosemary Clooney, the sultry undertones of Joss Stone, and the powerhouse belting abilities of Aretha Franklin. Simon got her start in high school musicals and choral performances, and she has been a mainstay in the Aspen music scene, since she arrived in 2002. Whether soaring at the top of her range in a driving blues number or lilting through the melody of a jazz standard, Meg is the real deal. When you hear her sing you’ll agree.

Brian Payne
Vocals/String Instruments

Although joining the DBB officially in 2011 Brian had worked with Derek in multiple musical settings previously. A musical Jack-of-all-Instruments, Brian can often be seen enshrouded by a circle of stringed and percussive instruments at Derek Brown Band shows. This self-taught musician started with guitar, then added the mandolin, dobro, and various percussive tools to his lineup. Payne’s musical sensibilities add elements of bluegrass, country, and rock to the Derek Brown Band’s eclectic Americana sound.

Doug Gelpi
Vocals/Piano

Doug Gelpi, a man full of joy, brings the joy of jazz to the Derek Brown Band. Having started his study of piano at the tender age of five, Gelpi continued in his musical education earning a degree in Jazz Piano from the prestigious Loyola University in his hometown of New Orleans. His chops on the keys “will” take you back to New Orleans. I think I smell gumbo. Gelpi channels the history of Nola in his musical tributes, yet he also fronts the band from time to time with a powerful and versatile lead vocal.

Baby Took a Limo // Live from the Mountain
  1. Baby Took a Limo // Live from the Mountain
  2. Fever // Live from the Mountain
  3. You Get to Me // Live from the Mountain
  4. Looking Out My Back Door // Live from the Mountain
  5. Josephine // Live from the Mountain
  6. Brother Bobby // Live from the Mountain