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Sounds Clever & the Valley Horns
Sounds Clever & the Valley Horns hails from the White Mountains of New Hampshire near North Conway. We play a great blend of pop and funky music that gets people moving and keeps them entertained. In addition to our always eclectic mix of cover tunes and unique arrangements of instantly recognizable tunes, we have several original songs that audiences have come to enjoy. Plus if you want jazz or swing music as a part of your event we can certainly provide that.

The core band features Al Hospers on bass and vocals, Mike Sakash and Joe Aliperti on saxophones, Chuck Farrell or Ray Ryan on guitars and Craig Bryan on drums. For weddings we will often add our favorite female vocalists Jami Johnson or Molly Dore. We play dance & rock music, with a heavy emphasis on R&B and and the groove. However we'll often start out with some funky jazz and uptempo swing music if the gig allows for it.
Al Hospers Al Hospers - bass and vocal: Al started playing music while studying art at the University of Florida far too many years ago. He has toured as an opening act for Tower Of Power, Argent, Canned Heat, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Elvin Bishop and more. While attending the University of Miami he performed with jazz greats such as Ira Sullivan, Louis Bellson, Stan Getz and had a rock/pop band with Bruce Hornsby.

Moving to New York in the early 80's he joined a reunion group of Blood Sweat and Tears, touring the US and Europe, later joining the Buddy Rich band and touring with them as well.

Moving to Boston in the mid-80's Al founded Dr.T's Music Software, a MIDI music software company that started the computer music software revolution. In 2000 he joined Harmonix Music Systems, the company that created and developed the hit games Rock Band and Guitar Hero, as Executive Producer and one of the first 6 employees.

Al moved to the Mount Washington Valley with his wife in December 1997 where he stays very busy playing with SoundsClever & the Valley Horns, Bruce Marshall & the Nor'Easters and a variety of other bands when the mood strikes him!

Mike Sakash Mike Sakash - sax: Jazz, blues, funk, rock...Mike plays it all. His sax adds another dimension to the funky Sounds Clever sounds and allows us to play pretty much whatever strikes our fancy. Hard to believe that this guy lives over in Chatham and is the Director of the music department at Fryeburg Academy! Mike writes the horn charts for the band and does many of the arrangements.

Ray Ryan Ray Ryan - guitar: Ray plays with Sounds Clever when they perform in the Mount Washington Valley and whenever Chuck isn't available. While he is a very accomplished country guitarist, he can hold his own in rock and even jazz world. Something that's very necessary playing with this group of guys!

Craig Bryan Jr. Craig Bryan Jr - drums: Craig brings a jazzy flavor and sensibility into this very funky environment and is the perfect foil to Al's bass and Craig's energy and taste makes him an invaluable member of Sounds Clever. He has been a student of John Ramsey, Jack Maniaci, Joel DiBartolo and Dom Moio, Craig is a fine percussionist and music educator.