Roundhouse Band

Roundhouse performs music from a variety of genres using bluegrass instrumentation; bass, guitar, mandolin, and fiddle. 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!






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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.




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Phil is a beloved professional musician, active in the Willamette Valley for over 30 years and as of 2022, Roundhouse's newest band member!
Classically trained at a young age, Phil has expanded his improvisational musical style to include rock, jazz, blues, Americana, and country. His biggest musical influences have been the artistry of Jean Luc Ponty, Stephane Grappelli, and local guitarist and mentor Garry Meziere who helped him develop his unique intuitive style.
Phil's favorite stints on the stage include the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, the Riverfront Festival in Salem, the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival, and the Oregon Jamboree in Sweet Home, playing alongside multiple acts: Dash Boardman and the Speedometers, The Bob Beck Band, Ellen Whyte and Reflex Blue, The Richard Day-Reynolds Band (and the MDR combo), Somebody’s Dad, and the award-winning country band - Nothin’ too Fancy to name a few. It’s said by many that Phil always has a “story to tell” with his playing and his intuitive musical performances are even more impressive, considering he primarily plays by ear. 

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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.


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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.


Musical Influences:

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.