Remembering James Band
Will Roc Griffin- Musical Director
George Pfiefer &TeeJay- Guitar
Oliver Aden/Brandon Moore- Drums
Doug Mckinna - Trumpet
Mark Marsh & Matt Louis- Bass
Garry Jones- Tenor Saxophone
Ben Ball- Alto Saxophone
Twon Marcel Pope (Bobby Byrd) Twon Marcel Pope is a Oakland, CA native. A graduate of Oakland School for the Arts; In addition to pursuing his own career as an actor, Twon also teaches young performers in various schools and programs around the Bay Area and Los Angeles. In 2016, Twon made a trip to Los Angeles to take a summer course at Art Of Acting. Shortly after, he decided to unpack his suitcase and stay to pursue his acting dream full time. In 2017, Twon received a Scenie Theatre Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role for (CROOKS) Of Mice and Men. Some personal and fan favorite roles include, (CLAUDIO) Much Ado About Nothing; (ZONITA) African American Shakespeare Co. rendition of Cinderella; (GUS GREENLEE) Blackballed: The Rise and Fall of Negro League Baseball. Twon is a proud company member at Towne Street Theatre (LA) and was recently seen in the short TV movie, Blue Light Melody, now available on Amazon Prime. Twon is extremely thrilled to be making his debut as “Bobby Byrd” in Remembering James and gives honor to these greats for leaving a remarkable spark in our history. When Twon is not performing or teaching, you can catch him whipping it up in the kitchen or enjoying a friendly game of pool. To stay connected, check out IG: @twonpopeofficial
NaTusha Howard (Velma Brown/Performer), discovered her LOVE for theater and acting in the 7th grade and have been performing ever since. She received her Bachelor's from Prairie View A&M in acting as well as a Masters from CalArts. She thanks God for being able to do what she love to do.
SEANMICHAEL RODGERS (Danny Ray/Cape Man) made his TV debut on Amazon’s award winning series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel in Season 4. He is also featured in the new award winning parody film VAX scheduled for release this fall. First Inspired by lessons on his grandmother's piano, his 25 year career includes show producer (Uptown Live), music producer, singer, songwriter, and film director. (Galatians 6:9;Galatians 6:7b NWT)
Jordan Burns (The Famous Flames/Dancer) originally from El Dorado, Arkansas graduate of Henderson State University, with a BA in Theatre arts. Now living in the Northwest Indiana/Chicago area. Choreographing & teaching kids of all ages in various Competitive Dance studios. Works include portraying the role of Scarecrow in The Wiz in New York City with NY Black Arts, as Beé The Reindeer in Forever Frozen Story International Tour, and dancer/choreographer for Club Med Resorts in Punta Cana Dominican Republic. His most recent acting roles are The Buddy Holly Story with Metropolis Performing Arts Center and as Lyle in The GreatWorks Touring Theatre adaptation of Lyle The Crocodile. Currently you can check out his latest dance work in directing/dancing the latest youtube video “Britney Dreams”.
Michael Rodriguez (The Famous Flames/Dancer) is excited to tell the story of James Brown and His Famous Flames. He recently performed as The Wiz in The Wiz Jr. In Manhattan, New York. He is a singer-songwriter and has a personal youtube channel: "Cheeki Phoenix"
Isaiah Valbrun (The Famous Flames/Dancer) is thrilled to join the Remembering James cast. Isaiah is the 2020 winner of the Shuler Musical Theatre award for his portrayal of Pinocchio in Shrek! You can find him on all social media @isaiahvalbrun