The Switch Story
The Kansas City based band Switch has been performing in the Midwest since 2006. Switch features a wide variety of music and takes pride in playing styles from many different genres. The band stands behind the belief that most people like many kinds of music, not just one. Thus, no one leaves a Switch show without hearing a song they like or recognize.
Kim Switch is the band's primary lead vocalist. She returned to rock the mic in 2014 after an 17 month break where she established and still runs a very successful DJ/Karaoke business. Kim is the original singer of Switch and is well known for her soaring vocals, non-stop energy and contagious stage presence.
Deano is the founding member of Switch and enjoys "Switching" it up at each show between instruments. In the earlier years of Switch, it would not be unusual to see Deano switching between guitar, keyboards, and bass. After finally settling on bass, Deano is returning to his roots and adding keyboards to the band once again. In addition to his instrumental talents, Deano's extensive background in live sound (mixing for hundreds of national acts) helps to give Switch a warm, professional and dynamic sound. Deano also sings lead and handles fronting duties. As a footnote, Dean was also voted as the Top Bass Player 2011 in Harleys and Horses Black Tie and Jeans Awards.
Brian Couch joined Switch in 2010 and has been wowing fans with his multi-talented skills. Brian plays lead and rhythm guitar, keyboards, bass guitar and sings lead as well as harmony vocals. Brian is also Switch’s music director and is responsible for arranging the many songs that Switch plays in a show. Even though Brian is busy Switching it up the whole night, you never know where he will be - look for him on the stage or out in the crowd.
Rusty Crewse joined Switch at the tail end of 2010. Rejoining his bandmates Deano and Brian from their days with the Boston tribute 4th Stage, Rusty came armed with his Les Paul and Marshall amp, and showed the crowds how to rock... and the magic of "The Dream Team" lives on. Rusty joined the arsenal of lead singers in Switch with his distinctive style. Be sure to watch for Brian and Rusty's cross over technique, when they each play the other's guitar without taking them off. Rusty's commanding style leaves no part of any stage untouched. Also be sure to check out Rusty's original band Dreamfest. The new album can be purchased on iTunes.
Bob Horner (drums) rejoined SWITCH in 2017 and was previously with SWITCH from 2010 through 2014. Bob has played professionally for just over 40 years and is best known locally as Bob "Bonham" in Kansas City's Stairway to Zeppelin Tribute. Though Bob's primary job with SWITCH is to "make you dance".
Derek Kleoppel-Sound Engineer and Lighting Designer joined Switch in 2014. Derek's experience in live sound mixing and lighting design comes from his years of being a very talented musician. His impressive resume includes writing, playing guitar, bass, keys, drums and producing the recording of his original band Echo Vendetta's debut album. (Echo Vendetta can be found on iTunes) Echo Vendetta has opened for many national acts such as Saliva, Godsmak, Volbeat, Three Days Grace, Seether, Sevendust just to name a few. Derek also can be found performing with his acoustic band Run Forest Run on nights when he is not making Switch sound and look amazing. You can catch this talented musician playing bass with Switch too!
The name Switch says it all and fits one of KC's most versatile bands. Be sure to catch Switch whenever you can - you won't be disappointed. Fair warning: you should arrive as early as possible - Switch shows are usually a sellout. The band provides a volatile mix of music, energy, great sound, and the ability to make any event a memorable one. See you there!!!