Roundhouse performs music from a variety of genres using bluegrass instrumentation; bass, guitar, mandolin, and banjo. Duet, trio and quartet harmonies are integral to the Roundhouse sound; working out interesting and unique arrangements are of special interest to the band members. Bluegrass, folk, southern and classic rock, a capella, gospel, country, blazing instrumentals and original compositions all appear in the band's repertoire!
Ron Leavitt is the founder of The Roundhouse band which he established in 1995.
Originally trained as a classical musician playing trumpet in Orchestra, dance band and marching bands he changed to mandolin in college so that he could play with his roommates who played guitar and lutes.
In 1978 when his major Professor at University of Arizona took him to see Bill Monroe at the Old Tucson movie set he became hooked on bluegrass music and the Bluegrass mandolin style of Bill Monroe .
In the past 21 years he has steered Roundhouse into the vocal and instrumental powerhouse that it is today.
Donn moved to San Diego in late 70s and continued to learn, jam, and perform here and there around San Diego County. Had stage fright pretty bad at first so I'd often play at an open mic coffee shop in Leucadia, CA and always go first because there wasn't anyone there to listen to me yet.
Stopped playing for about 10 years while working at family business. After 30 years in San Diego, moved to the country outside of Roseburg working out of my house and stared playing again and giving beginning banjo lessons as a hobby in town.
Moved to Salem in 2006 and continued jamming and performing where I met Ron Leavitt. In 2008, Roundhouse needed a banjo player and invited me to try out. Been with them ever since.
Elizabeth Eck has been a professional singer since she was 14 fronting a country band and two rock bands throughout High School.
After high school she obtained her degree in vocal instruction from Willamette University.
Since that time she has been a professional voice teacher and Mentor to internationally acclaimed vocalists.
She has toured internationally with Cappella Romana and performed with the Salem Baroque Orchestra and as soloist in the Willamette master chorus.
Bill Foss plays bass and sings. In his short time in Oregon he has shared the stage with the likes of Garry Meziere, Orvil Ivie, Ellen Whyte, Rae Gordon and many others. He continues a recording and performing relationship with his good friend, Creighton Lindsay, a partnership that has lasted over 30 years. Before coming north he held down a house gig at a Laughlin, Nevada casino for 19+ years and still found time to run the Front Room recording studio in northwestern Arizona.
Bill’s tasteful bass playing and soulful vocals made him a favorite with a variety of blues and R&B bands in New England during the late seventies. During that time he also began his session work at Noel Paul Stookey’s NeWorld Studio. Bill recorded a number of albums with songwriter and educator Rick Charette and appeared on the first Devonsquare album, on the strength of which the group was signed to Atlantic Records in the mid-1980s.