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Keyboardist Adam Malin has a fine arts music degree from SUNY Stony Brook where he studied piano performance, classical and jazz harmonic theory and composition, orchestration and orchestral conducting and vocal performance/harmonization. In his 35 year music career, he has scored for several films and television series and kept the original progressive rock music flame burning in ground breaking New York units Psycle and Sheltered Lives. Now based in L.A., Malin provides music scores for  William Shatner and Renee O’Connor projects and helped to assemble the XNA Dream Team with the express mission of creating a progressive rock powerhouse. Malin would also like to acknowledge the invaluable mentorship of Billy Sherwood, who has provided countless hours of musicological and technical knowledge and support in the development of the XNA project.

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David Hussey has studied music since age 8, including piano, violin, guitar, voice, flute and even bagpipes.  Along the way, he found all his musical ventures prepared him for a love of Prog.  He spent 5 years as the lead vocalist for LA-based GENESIS Tribute GABBLE RATCHET.  He also performed as the lead vocalist in the YES Tribute  band, CLOSER TO THE EDGE.  Also an actor from an early age, he studied at the Creative Arts Theatre School, performing monthly for 8 years.  He graduated from SMU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre.  He’s played various roles professionally from Hamlet to The Scarecrow.  He’s acted with George C. Scott, performed on “Becker,” “Mad TV,” and hosted “Reality Wrap-Up” on VH-1.  It’s a dream come true to be joining the world of music with such amazing musicians and people as those in XNA.

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Drummer Scott Connor has been an L.A.-based musician for over thirty years. He honed his technique in the clubs and various studios of Los Angeles. He played on a track featured in the B movie, Mirror Mirror (starring Karen Black). Scott was a featured member of a Genesis tribute band, Gabble Ratchet.  Scott was invited to join the band Yoso, also starring Bobby Kimble (formerly of Toto.) The band toured Eastern United States and Europe in 2010, supporting the album Elements, which was signed to Frontier Records.

Scott is a member of progressive rock band CIRCA:, featuring Tony Kaye, Billy Sherwood and Johnny Bruhns.

As a child, John Thomas studied drums, guitar and piano. He graduated with a degree in Applied Percussion/Performance from West Virginia University. He toured Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S playing keyboards for Grammy-nominated artist Toni Childs. He then played with heavy metal’s Vixen on keyboards, Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck) and Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, Alcatrazz) on guitar and keyboards.  He has recorded several albums with The Color Green and was a writing member of pop rock band Firefly, contributing guitar, keyboards and drums to their three albums. A seasoned studio musician having played on sessions for Star Trek Enterprise, Mello Pictures’ Park, TLC’s Baby Story and many others, John also played guitar on GSN’s High Stakes Poker and co-wrote that show’s theme song as well as the theme song for the action movie MotoCross Kids.   He currently works as a software engineer in the Southbay, where he also performs with the popular John Brown Band.

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Bass player Jeff Bird an instrumental music teacher at a local high school and originally hails from the East Coast.  Jeff earned his Master’s degree in Music Education from UNC Greensboro and plays bass, drums, percussion, saxophone, piano, and sings.  Jeff moved to the L.A. area ten years ago where he started playing auxiliary percussion and singing background vocals in the Yes tribute band YesStory which evolved into Roundabout (whose lead singer, Jon Davison, is now touring with Yes).  Jeff also performs in a top 40 cover band with his wife Heidi called Magnolia.

Producer and multi-instrumentalist Billy Sherwood began his career at age 16 and continues his musical journey, having been in many bands Lodgic, World Trade, The Key, Conspiracy, Yes, Yoso and his main band for many years now CIRCA: who just released its 3rd studio CD “And So On”. Along the way Billy began working in the production field. Producing, recording, mixing. Albums include Grammy nominated “Muddy Water Blues” by Paul Rodgers, Yes, Ratt, Dangerous Toys among others. The success of his many tribute projects includes “Back Against the Wall”, featuring 40 progressive rock icons as guest artists. Billy has gained a reputation in the music industry for projects packed with top notch musicianship and impeccable audio clarity.

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Guitarist Danny Bryle’s musical career began in elementary school when he took up the trumpet, baritone horn and finally the guitar.  Inspired by the great musicians of the era–Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Cream, Mountain, Ten Years After, and Tiny Tim–he developed a deep admiration of Yes music after hearing “Fragile” by Yes and has been playing it as best as he could ever since, Steve Howe being his greatest influence.  In 1976 he joined Pellucidar, a Long Island band (also featuring Adam Malin) that covered Jethro Tull, ELP, Pink Floyd, Genesis, The Who, and even The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Danny worked with Adam in the original progressive band Psycle and later went on to form Low Media High, a “power pop” band that played many of the finest NYC venues including three stints at the very prestigious China Club.  Danny also currently plays guitar in the band Tribute performing the music of Yes and Steely Dan.