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.
Born and raised in Longview, WA, Donn found himself one day in Albuquerque, NM, courtesy of Uncle Sam. It was there in the early ‘70s that he first heard a 5-string banjo being played live. He was hooked, found a banjo, and learned and jammed around New Mexico, then in California.
“I loved banjo and songwriting, but I had stage fright pretty bad. I’d work on by making sure I performed first at open mic nights initially in and around Albuquerque coffee houses, then in Southern Cal beach bistros. The tables would be empty for the most part, but I could still practice being on stage!”
Returning to the Northwest in the 2000’s, Donn joined Roundhouse in 2008 after meeting and playing with Ron at a jam.
“If I got to choose a band to be in, it would be the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. They aren’t locked into one style and have had a lot of fun and success in their approach. I think I’ve found something like that in Roundhouse, where I get to sing, play banjo, accompany with guitar, harmonica, do some of the songs I and other bandmates wrote, and whatever else we can throw into the mix!”
Musical influences run the gamut from classical (10 yrs clarinet/sax), jazz, rock, pop, blues, reggae, country, and of course bluegrass; Mozart, Copland, Gershwin, Beatles, Eagles, Motown, Doo Wop, Pete Fountain, John Denver, John Hartford, Earl Scruggs, Johnny, Merle, Waylon, Jerry Jeff, “the list is just too long”.
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.
ARON DAVID BRADLEY
Growing up in the SF Bay Area, this composer/vocalist multi-instrumentalist, (guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, harmonica, and pedal steel) has been a musician for over 50 years. He has been a sideman or in bands he created covering an array of musical styles including; Rock, Pop, Funk, Top 40, R&B, Soul, Blues, Jazz, Reggae, Tejano, Country, Bluegrass, Calypso, Classical and Gospel. Some of the Bay Area bands he had the pleasure of playing with are: Suze Caruze, Honey Davis, Sonny Rhodes, Los Deleites and East Bay Mud; He has recorded with Fast Floyd and his Famous Firebirds, and Mike Kissel and performed and recorded with Code of the West when they opened for the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Wolfgangs in San Francisco. While performing with his band Soul’d Out, he opened for Buddy Miles. Aron moved his family up to Oregon in 1991 and played with the City Slickers, Healin’ and in 2006 produced 2 solo albums of his own compositions. He later formed Dynasonix, a Rock, R&B and Originals band and joined Fun with Jo in 2019. Aron Joined Roundhouse in 2020 which he feels is a perfect fit to their blend of bluegrass and classic pop material.
The Beatles, the Moody Blues, Grateful Dead, Jimmy Reed, Albert King, Eric Clapton, Traffic, Tower of Power, The Yarbirds, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Alison Krauss, Motown, Stax/Volt artists, Bob Marley, Allman Brothers, Doobie Brothers, CCR, Santana, Sons of Champlin, Moze Allison, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bob Dylan, CSN&Y Asleep at the Wheel, Merle Haggard, and Mozart to name a few.
// sound engineer
Upon retiring from a legal practice, including 18 years teaching law at the Willamette University College of Law, David became a self taught sound engineer (self taught means a lot of help from others). David met the Roundhouse Band when he began voice lessons with Beth Eck at Red Letter Vocal Studios. David began life in the Portsmouth Naval Hospital on the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia. Grew up in the Hoosier State and as a young adult stuck his thumb out and headed west to the promised land. David plays guitar, sings, and has written several tunes. Outside of the Roundhouse Band, John Prine and Joey McKenzie have been his greatest musical inspiration.