GROOVE PILOTS

Group photo by Jill Langlais - jilllanglais.com

If you live in the Kansas City area, you are now free to groove about the cabin. The Groove Pilots feature a mix of rock, funk and blues covers.

When we plan our song list, we like to think we put some fun in funky, and we try to be professional while not taking ourselves too seriously. We all have day jobs, although we do occasionally fantasize about being full-time musicians.

After a test flight in December 2008, Kansas City's Groove Pilots officially took off in January 2009. It didn't take long for the calendar to start filling quickly, and as you can see from our schedule, the band still plays more than 60 dates per year.

If you are interested in booking the Groove Pilots for an upcoming event, or if you just want more information, you can call Tim Kelly at 913-530-2905, send an email to groove@groovepilots.com, or contact us through our Facebook page. Audio samples are available upon request.

Tim Kelly

Playing drums, singing backup vocals and interacting with the audience, Tim Kelly is truly a guy who makes you feel free to groove about the cabin. Widely known in the Kansas City area’s music community, Tim has played the better part of 20 years, including a stint with the Lonnie Ray Blues Band.

Along with bassist Dave Swiercinsky, Tim is a founding member of the Groove Pilots and also serves as band manager, booking agent and social director. His relentless energy toward the local scene has helped many KC-area musicians schedule performances and share stage tales with each other.


Dave Swiercinsky

Dave “The Candyman” Swiercinsky propels the band on bass and vocals. The Candyman has classical training on both the upright bass and the French Horn. On stage, he plays a variety of 4-string, 5-string and upright basses. On vocals, his renditions of Johnny Cash tunes are always popular with the GP crowd.

Dave's additional duties include setting up the band’s sound system, so he has become the closest thing the Groove Pilots have to a mechanic. And given his day job making Valomilk chocolate, we like to say that Dave is the sweetest-sounding bass player in Kansas City.


Terry Gann

Terry Gann adds lead guitar and vocals. He started playing professionally at age 15, and began touring the Midwest during his senior year in high school. Terry played with "JTN," which won the Miller High Life Rock to Riches Talent Search in Kansas City (the same year Bon Jovi won in New York, proving once again that location is everything!) His other bands have included The Truth, Broken Toys, The Members, Four Out of Five Dentists, The Cats, True Stories, Plain Jane, Jupiter Blue, Tequila Mockingbird, The Retro Rockets and a dozen other projects long forgotten.

In 1985 Terry also started playing as a "one man band" and still does. Terry moved to Topeka in 1986 and worked as a videographer and commercial jingle writer. In 1987 (when MTV played music), MTV Basement Tapes had Terry in one of its video contests, and he took second place.

In 2008 Terry signed with Retrospect Records, an online label focused on re-releasing hard to find recordings from the 1980s. The company re-released Terry's "If You're Listenin,'" which was only out on cassette back in 1989. The re-release includes a second disc of music videos.


Dave Bostwick

Since he often becomes confused in large airports, Dave "Boz" Bostwick puts more emphasis on the groove and less emphasis on the pilot. Boz has spent many years working on his groove with cover and original bands. His recent solo effort, recorded with plenty of help from the Groove Pilots, is titled Inspired by True Events. Boz was a founding member of 5 Man Trio, an acoustic folk/rock/blues group based in southern Kansas. 5 Man Trio recorded two albums: the self-produced You Do the Math followed by Roam With the Buffalo. The second album is still available through most major digital distribution sites, including iTunes. With the Groove Pilots, Boz tries to pick whichever instrument a song needs most: guitar, harmonica, or keyboard.

Boz also serves as the band's webmaster, so any feedback should be directed to boz@groovepilots.com.