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dallas Country band The Roof Raisers band is a professional party band in the Dallas Fort Worth area that excels in nearly every style and genre of music, and guarantees to make your special event a smashing success! Our musical specialties are pop, rock, country, 60's, 70's disco, jazz, blues and swing & big band.

The Roof Raisers will lend excitement, flair, and class to your special occasion. Comprised of distinguished members of Dallas' music community, we can provide virtually any type of musical experience or atmosphere you desire. From the beloved Big Band songs of the 30's and 40's, to Motown classics of the 50's and 60's, to the Disco era of the 70's, and finally to the latest dance music of the 80's and 90's - we do it all, and do it well. The Roof Raisers also play numerous Country Western favorites ranging from Patsy Cline and Bob Wills to Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain and The Dixie Chicks. A large number of our affairs are wedding receptions and conventions, and with our musical diversity, people of all ages and tastes will be thoroughly entertained both on and off the dance floor. We can dress in black tie for formal affairs, "hip/casual" for a pop/rock event, or don boots, bolo ties and blue jeans for the C&W celebrations. It's your party, and we'll do whatever it takes to set the right mood for you and your guests!

The Roof Raisers would be an excellent choice for any and all of the following functions:

  • Wedding Receptions
  • Conventions and Corporate Events
  • Awards Banquets
  • Holiday Parties (Christmas, Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve, etc.)
  • Anniversaries, Birthdays, Graduations, Retirement Parties

Clark Erickson, keyboard player for The Roof Raisers, was born and raised in Houston, Texas and moved to the DFW area to complete a Master's degree in music at the University of North Texas. Clark enjoys the diversity of the music scene in the DFW area; consequently he has been involved in label projects in the rap, salsa, rock and jazz genres. Most recently, Clark has completed music post-production for a short independent film for KERA-TV, while his piano playing earned him a scholarship to a summer jazz workshop in Aspen, Colorado. Here he studied with jazz piano legends Henry Butler, Sir Roland Hanna, Renee Rosnes, and Monty Alexander. Clark's talent and enthusiasm is a welcome addition to the band.

Mandy Spencer has been lead vocalist for The Roof Raisers since 1993. She started her professional singing career at Six Flags Over Texas at the age of 16, and a few years later moved to New York City, where her voice made its way to several demos and jingles. The same year she joined The Roof Raisers, she sang her way onto the "Be a Star" variety show on the Nashville Network. During the day, Mandy is a Systems Engineer at Southwest Airlines, and in addition to singing with The Roof Raisers, can be heard on the radio singing jingles and radio IDs for stations across the country (KVIL in Dallas, KABC in Los Angeles, and WABC in New York, to name a few). Mandy also recorded the most recent "American Top 40" jingle package for Casey Kasem's weekly syndicated radio show heard across the country.

Marshall Morris plays bass guitar with The Roof Raisers. Marshall was born and raised right here in Dallas, and in addition to being an accomplished bassist, Marshall has also played the saxophone for more than 10 years. His playing experience includes performing with several local favorite bands, as well as many national artists. Marshall plays a mean bass, but rounds out his musical talents by writing songs, as well. We are very excited to have Marshall as part of our musical "family".

Gene Glover is the leader of The Roof Raisers, and has been at the helm for over 15 years. Gene plays drums in the band and also covers male lead vocal duties. Gene graduated with a Masters of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas in 1979, where he played in the world-renowned One O'clock Lab Band. He does a good deal of music contracting in the Metroplex for such artists as Marvin Hamlisch and The Fifth Dimension. He has also played drums/percussion for big names like Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry, Delbert McClinton, Doc Severinson and George Strait, to name a few. Gene has led his own bands since the age of 14 and began The Roof Raisers in 1984. Since then, the group has grown into one of the foremost special event bands in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex.

Larry Spencer is The Roof Raisers' trumpet player. Larry has a full resume that includes playing with: Tom Scott, Oliver Nelson, Randy and Michael Brecker, Frank Foster, Ernie Wilkins, Manny Album, Clark Terry, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Henry Mancini, Nelson Riddle, Bob Hope, Andy Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel TormŽ, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Lou Rawls, Cab Calloway, Billy Eckstine, Joe Williams and many others. More recent performances include appearances with Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Rita Moreno, Toni Tenille, Marvin Hamlisch, Frank Sinatra, Reba McIntyre and The Dixie Chicks. Larry attended the University of North Texas and became a member of the famed One O'Clock Lab Band, appearing on "Lab '78". Larry also enjoys wearing his "classical hat". He has played principal and section trumpet with the Richardson Symphony, Arlington Philharmonic, East Texas Symphony, Texas Wind Symphony, and Ft. Worth Symphony. He is also in demand as a soloist for weddings and various sacred concerts and services. Larry brings years of experience to The Roof Raisers and we're very proud to have him.

Jim Casey plays guitar for The Roof Raisers. Jim has played in two of Dallas' most successful R&B bands: Buster Brown (15 years) and Einstein's Apartment (5 years). During his career (so far), Jim has played with Lee Ritenour, as well as Danny Seraphine (drummer for Chicago). He was signed to RCA in the late 70's and worked with Don Davis who produced the Dramatics, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Eli Fontaine, and Michael Henderson (Miles Davis' bass player). While at Popsicle Toes in Dallas, he played alongside Eric Clapton, Albert Lee, Kenny Loggins, Walter Afanasieff (Mariah Carey's producer), and Kenny G. Jim calls these his "glory days". (Talk about name-dropping!) These days, in addition to playing with The Roof Raisers, Jim is also playing guitar with local saxophone celebrity Joseph Vincelli. Great rhythm guitar has been Jim's calling card, but The Roof Raisers' guitar-oriented repertoire definitely showcases his solo talents as well.

Texas-born saxophonist Paul Nagy honed his many talents in the Lone Star State and then relocated to New York. Immediately upon moving to Manhattan, he was working in area bands, and, less than a year later, recording jingles for Showtime, NBC, ABC, HBO, ESPN, ESPN2, American Music Classics and Hong Kong Cable TV. His Texas funk/jazz fusion of styles has led to performances throughout the U.S., as well as Europe, South America, Africa and Russia. Paul has opened for such artists as Wynton Marsalis, Gato Barbieri, Special FX, Ashford & Simpson, Michael Bolton, Jon Lucien, Frankie Valli, Regis and Kathy Lee, Nell Carter, Art Garfunkel, KC and the Sunshine Band, Gloria Gainor and Booker T and the MGs. Influenced by Tom Scott, Michael Brecker, Sonny Stitt, and Dexter Gordon, Paul started his career in Dallas, leading several popular bands and recording with local artists such as Smokin' Joe Kubek and songstress Linda Petty. His move to New York in 1989 was the impetus he needed to expand his musical opportunities, including working as a recording engineer at Newfound Sound for five years. "This enabled me to refine my concept of producing as well as meet a lot of world-class players," he says.


Contemporary Pop/Rock
80s and 90s
A Thing Called Love
Addicted to Love
All I Wanna Do
All My Life
Baby One More Time
Because You Loved Me
Brass in Pocket
Change the World
Come to my Window
Every Little Step
Every Time I Roll the Dice
Everything I Do (I Do it For You)
Giving You the Best That I Got
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
Hit Me With Your Best Shot
How Do I Live
I Will Always Love You
I'll Always Love You
I'll Be There For You
I'm The Only One
I Want it That Way
Jump, Jive 'n' Wail
Love Is a Wonderful Thing
Love Letter
Love Shack
Love Sneakin' Up on You
My Favorite Mistake
Old Time Rock 'n' Roll
One Headlight
Pink Cadillac
Pride & Joy
Roll With It
Sharp Dressed Man
Something Happened on the Way to Heaven
Something to Talk About
Two Princes
When a Man Loves a Woman
When Something is Wrong With My Baby
Wild Nights
Wind Beneath My Wings
With Every Beat of my Heart
Without You
You Got It
You Gotta Be
You Look Wonderful Tonight
You Mean the World to Me
You're Still the One
Zoot Suit Riot

70s Rock'n' Roll/R&B/Disco
Brick House
Brown-Eyed Girl
Build Me Up Buttercup
December 1963 (Oh What a Night)
I Love You More Today Than Yesterday
I Will Survive
Last Dance
Rockin' Me
Start Me Up
Sweet Home Alabama
Take the Money and Run
We Are Family
You Make Lovin' Fun
You've Got a Friend

60's R&B/Motown/Rock 'n' Roll
Ain't Too Proud to Beg
And I Love Her
Chain of Fools
Cold Sweat
Dancin' in the Streets
Eight Days a Week
Going to the Chapel
Good Loving
Have You Ever Seen the Rain
Heard it Through the Grapevine
Here, There, Everywhere
Honky Tonk Woman
I Can't Help Myself
I Feel Good
Jumpin' Jack Flash
Knock on Wood
La Bamba
Louie Louie
Midnight Hour
My Girl
My Guy
Papa's Got a Brand New Bag
Pretty Woman
Rescue Me
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Since You've Been Gone
Soul Man
Stand By Me
Stop! In the Name of Love
Twist and Shout
Unchained Melody
When a Man Loves a Woman
When Something is Wrong with My Baby
Wild Thing

50s Rock 'n Roll
Ain't That a Shame
Great Balls of Fire
Jailhouse Rock
Johnny B. Goode
(Let's Do) The Twist
Long Tall Sally
Tutti Frutti
Under the Boardwalk
What a Wonderful World (This Would Be)
You Are My Special Angel
You Send Me

All My Exes Live in Texas
Amarillo By Morning
(Believe Me) Baby I Lied
Better Man
Blame it on Your Heart
Blue Clear Sky
Boot Scootin' Boogie
Deep Down
Do You Know Where Your Man Is?
Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind?
Don't Let Our Love Start Slippin' Away
Don't Rock the Jukebox
Down at the Twist and Shout
Down On My Knees
Every Time You Walk in the Room
Fast as You
Forever and Ever Amen
Forever's as Far as I'll Go
Friends in Low Places
Givin' Water to a Drownin' Man
God Blessed Texas
Gone Country
Guitars, Cadillacs
Heartache's On Me
Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Heart's Desire
Hearts Are Gonna Roll
Honky Tonk Attitude
I Cross My Heart
I Fall to Pieces
I Feel Lucky
I Just Wanna Dance With You
I 'll Still Love You More
I Love That Way You love Me
I Saw The Light
I Swear
I Try to Think About Elvis
I Wanna Go Too Far
It Matters to Me
It's a Little Too Late
Just Call Me Lonesome
Keeper of the Stars
Killing Time
Let Me Into Your Heart
Let's Go to Vegas
Livin' On Love
Liza Jane
Lonely Too Long
Love of My Life
Mercury Blues
Mi Vida Loca
My Baby Loves Me
My Maria
Neon Moon
No One Else On Earth
Nobody's Home
Not Counting You
Now I Know
On Down the Line
One More Last Chance
One Step at a Time
Overnight Male
Passionate Kisses
Perfect Love
Powerful Thing
Cleopatra, Queen of Denial
Rock My World
Rocky Top
Safe in the Arms of Love
San Antonio Rose
She Don't Know She's Beautiful
She's In Love with the Boy
Shut Up and Kiss Me
Simple Man
Small Town Saturday Night
Somebody to Love You
Something Special to Me
Spilled Perfume
Take it Back
Take Your Memory With You
Tell Me About It
Tell Me Why
That Ain't No Way to Go
That Kind of Girl
The Chair
Cotton-Eyed Joe
Sweetheart Schottische
There Goes My Baby
This One's Gonna Hurt You
Two More Bottles of Wine
Two of a Kind
Two Pina Coladas
Walking After Midnight
What the Cowgirls Do
Whenever You Come Around
Whiskey, If You Were a Woman
Why Haven't I Heard From You
Wild One
Working On My Next Broken Heart
You Better Think Twice
You Can't Lose Me
You Look So Good In Love
You Say You Will
Your Love Amazes Me

Swing/Big Band/Standards
A Wink and a Smile
Ain't Misbehavin'
Begin the Beguine
Chattanooga Choo-Choo
Come Fly With Me
Fly Me to the Moon
Girl From Ipanema
I Love You For Sentimental Reasons
I've Got You Under My Skin
In The Mood
It Had to be You
Jump, Jive 'n' Wail
Makin' Whoopee
Moon River
New York, New York
Our Love is Here to Stay
Paper Moon
Satin Doll
Sentimenal Journey
Someone to Watch Over Me
String of Pearls
Sunshine of My Life
Take the "A" Train
Tennessee Waltz
The Very Thought of You
The Way You Look Tonight
We Are in Love
When I Fall in Love
Zoot Suit Riot

Recommendations for Your Wedding Reception

Contemporary/50s and 60s
All I Ask of You
All My Life
Could I Have This Dance
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
How Do I Live
I Can't Help Falling In Love With You
I Finally Found Someone
I Love You For Sentimental Reasons
I Will Always Love You
It Had to be You
I'm Beginning to See the Light
The Nearness of You
My Girl
Nobody Loves me Like You Do
Someone To Watch Over Me
Stand By Me
The Way You Look Tonight
True Companion
Unchained Melody
We Are In Love
When a Man Loves a Woman
When I Fall In Love
Wind Beneath My Wings
Whole New World
You Send Me
You Look Wonderful Tonight

Country/ Western
A Long Line of Love
Down On My Knees
Forever is as Far as I'll Go
How Do I Live
I Cross my Heart
I Love the Way You Love Me
I Swear
I'll Still Be Loving You
If I Were You
If Tomorrow Never Comes
Keeper of the Stars
Perfect Love
Powerful Thing
The Dance
You're Still the One
Your Love Amazes Me

Father/Daughter Dance Suggestions
Because You Loved Me
Butterfly Kisses
Could I Have This Dance
Daddy's Hands (Country)
Daddy's Little Girl
If I Could
Sunrise, Sunset
Thank Heaven for Little Girls
The Way You Look Tonight
What a Wonderful World
Wind Beneath My Wings

Ethnic/Regional/Seasonal Standards

Hora Medley (Hava Nagilah, Kosatski, Simka Dance, Mazeltov)
Italian Medley (Tarantella, That's Amore)
Polka Medley (Beer Barrel Polka, Clarinet Polka, Pennsylvania Polka)
Texas (Cotton-Eyed Joe, Sweetheart Schottische, The Chicken Dance)
Auld Lang Syne
The Christmas Song
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
I'll Be Home for Christmas
Please Come Home for Christmas (and other secular standards)

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